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

National Cat Awards overall and category winner

Jeffree - Coventry, West Midlands

For 13-year-old Finn, who has Asperger syndrome, the sudden death of his dad was devastating. Finding it difficult to communicate, Finn became locked in a cycle of depression and despair.

Then along came former stray Jeffree and the pair quickly formed a close bond, helping Finn come to terms with his loss and cope with everyday life.

Runner up

Chi - Loanhead, Midlothian

Eight-year-old Finley has autism and Sensory Processing Disorder and can find everyday life overwhelming. Social anxiety, stress and isolation are a daily challenge and Finley can struggle to leave the house.

But his life has been transformed by rescue cat Chi. The pair instantly became best friends and Chi gives Finley the unconditional love and non-judgemental companionship he needs to thrive. 

Runner up

Cisco - Kettering, Northamptonshire

Charlie was just 14 when he was the victim of a mugging which was to have a devastating effect on his mental health. Mum Zoe hoped a kitten would help and brought Cisco into Charlie’s life.

Straight away the pair were inseparable, giving Charlie a fun and lively friend and a new focus as he recovered from his ordeal.

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