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Entries are open for the 2018 National Cat Awards!

Now in its tenth year, Cats Protection’s prestigious National Cat Awards celebrate the difference cats make to their owners’ lives, highlighting heart-warming stories of devotion, companionship and courage.

“Has your cat saved lives? Turned your life around? If so Cats Protection wants to hear about it,” said Holby City and Strictly star Chizzy Akudolu. “As a cat owner myself, and having attended last year’s awards, I’ve seen first-hand what a tremendous difference they can make to people’s lives. So get nominating as this is their time to shine.”

Actress Chizzy Akudolu smiling at camera

Celebrity cat lover Chizzy Akudolu. Credit: Meet the Masons Photography


Owners have until noon on Friday 9 March to nominate their cat for one of five categories:


Award winners and judges on stage at the National Cat Awards 2017

Winners and celebrity guests at the 2017 National Cat Awards


Once the nominations are in, a panel of celebrity cat-lovers has the hard job of selecting the deserving winners of each category as well as the overall winner of National Cat of the Year. The awards will then be given out at a star-studded ceremony, sponsored by PURINA® for the seventh year, which will be held at the Savoy Hotel in London on Thursday 2 August.

The 2017 event was a fantastic celebration of loyalty and bravery in the cat world and we hope that many more inspiring stories will be showcased this year.

young girl lying on floor with a black and white cat

National Cat of the Year 2017 Genie and her owner Evie. Credit: Fabio De Paola - PA Wire


The winner of National Cat of the Year will follow in the paw prints of Genie, a cat from Lincoln who helped 12-year-old Evie Henderson battle bone cancer, Tink who saved her owners from a house fire, and Jessi-Cat who was celebrated for helping a seven-year-old boy cope with Selective Mutism.

To nominate your cat visit For further information about the awards email or phone 03000 12 12 12.

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