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The Furr-ever Friends category of the National Cat Awards focuses on tales of friendship between children and cats.

Doris

Diagnosed with leukaemia in January 2018, little Delilah, 8, has endured over two years of gruelling chemotherapy and spent large chunks of time in hospital.

Throughout it all, there’s been one friend who has kept Delilah’s spirits up – the family moggy Doris.

And it’s not just Delilah that Doris has helped – she’s provided comfort and companionship for older brother Dylan, 14, too.

Photo credit - Press Association

Minty

Six-year-old Connor has severe learning difficulties and a range of medical conditions affecting his physical, mental and emotional development.

Everyday life is made easier thanks to Minty, his nine-year-old cat who is always on hand when Connor is struggling.

Minty calms Connor during emotional meltdowns, provides fun and companionship and even helped Connor learn to climb the stairs.

Photo credit - Press Association

Simba

When Liz took in a tiny stray kitten recovering from horrific injuries, little did she know how important little Simba would become.

Within days, husband Paul was admitted to hospital with complications from cancer treatment, leaving Liz’s son Ben scared, confused and lonely.

Paul – who was Ben’s stepdad - sadly died eight weeks later but throughout the most traumatic time in his life, Ben had a source of comfort in Simba.

Photo credit - Press Association

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