Forget Superman, Wonder Woman and Black Panther, cats are the only superheroes we need! They may not have super strength, high-tech gadgets or the ability to fly, but they can save the lives of their loving owners, as this bunch of National Cat Awards finalists prove.
Meet the pawsome finalists of the Hero Cat award...
Annette Sterland-Burton suffers from functional neurological disorder, which causes memory and mobility problems as well as debilitating seizures. Yet thanks to intuitive Toby, who senses when Annette is about to suffer a blackout, Annette is able to prepare herself and son Kieran, nine. Annette said: “He’ll start pawing me and meowing very loudly, and we know it’s time to call for help.”
Deep in sleep, Sharon Kane was oblivious to the danger around her as deadly smoke from a fire at a neighbouring property filled her home. But thanks to six-year-old Prince Ozzy, who persistently batted her face with his paw, Sharon was woken in time to avoid serious injury. Sharon said: “He was so persistent, and just kept batting me with his paw.”
The winner of the award will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges and announced at a star-studded ceremony at London’s Savoy Hotel on Thursday 2 August. One fabulous feline will also be crowned National Cat of The Year!
To find out more about the National Cat Awards, please visit www.cats.org.uk/nca