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A one eyed cat, rescued from the sea as a kitten, has been crowned ‘National Cat of the Year’ at this year’s National Cat Awards, sponsored by Purina®.

Twenty-year-old Nelson, owned by Andrea Huntley-Crow, of Seaham, County Durham, has certainly used up a fair few of his nine lives during his eventful lifetime. Callously thrown into the sea in a sack, he was one of only two of his littermates to survive when a fisherman plucked them from the waves. There followed a harsh few years living rough on the docks, occasionally gaining shelter from the elements in the fisherman’s cabin. Living rough took its toll, and Nelson lost an eye when a gang of youths threw rocks at him.

But in 2009 his life turned around when he was picked up by a loving family and adopted. Despite being diagnosed with an inoperable heart tumour in January 2014, Nelson has fought back and amazed vets with his zest for life.

Nelson was selected as the National Cat of the Year by a panel of past celebrity judges. Click here to meet the panel.

Purina logoNelson was also chosen as the winner of the Most Incredible Story category by celebrity judge Paul Copley.

Meet the other category winners and runners-up by choosing a category below.

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