It was a truly heart-warming event for all of the fabulous feline fans in attendance, as well as for those watching at home with their moggies via our Facebook Live stream.
|Feline fun at the National Cat Awards. Credit: Cats Protection|
You can discover their stories on our website but here are a few of the pawsome highlights from the day…
“It’s a lovely event. In my diary, it is my absolute favourite.” – Alan Dedicoat
|Master of Ceremonies, Alan Dedicoat. Credit: Cats Protection|
“Your voice is giving me some serious flashbacks, Alan.” – Chizzy Akudolu
|Winner of Hero Cat Award (Toby) Annette Sterland-Burton, her son Kieran and Chizzy Akudolu. Credit: Cats Protection|
“It’s a triumph of microchip over absence and I think that’s something we can all get behind.” – Justin Hawkins
|Winner of the Furr-ever Friends Award (Salem) Jared Bignold and his mother Verity with and Justin Hawkins. Credit: Cats Protection.|
“I do feel like a slight fraud being here because I don’t have a cat myself.” – Gavin Ramjaun
|Gavin Ramjaun presenting the Purina Better Together Award. Credit: Cats Protection|
“I knew if there was one group of people I could stand in front of and say ‘Everything is cancelled, my cat is ill’, it would be Cats Protection and you.” – Deborah Meaden
|Winner of Most Caring Cat Award (Arthur) Emily Hatton with Deborah Meaden. Credit: Cats Protection|
“It was one of the most marvellous days of my life when I went to see all the cats.” – Bob Mortimer
|Winner of Outstanding Rescue Cat Award (Lucky) Travis Tremayne with Bob Mortimer. Credit: Cats Protection|
“Isn’t it nice to be in a safe place? If somebody gets out their phone to show you what’s on it, it’s not going to be their kids!” – Andrew Collins
|National Cat of the Year judges Andrew Collins, Jessica-Jane Stafford, Peter Egan and Paul Copley. Credit: Cats Protection|
“Our relationship with animals confirms the most vital part of our lives, that defines us as human beings: compassion. And that’s the thing that’s going to save this world, I think.” – Peter Egan
Downton Abbey star Peter Egan had these beautiful words to say as he joined his fellow National Cat of the Year judges on stage, prompting rousing applause from everyone in the grand ballroom. Then it was the moment everyone had been waiting for…the winner of National Cat of The Year!
“I’m devastated that he’s gone but I’m so proud of him for winning. It shows I’m not the only one who thinks he was a really special cat.” – Charlotte
There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Theo was announced as the overall winner of the awards. This plucky puss had survived cat flu thanks to his caring owner Charlotte and a few years later returned the favour by potentially saving her life when she developed a blood clot. Tragically, Theo died just a week before the awards, after the winners had been decided, but according to his owner Charlotte this has made his win all the more poignant.
Find out more about the 2018 National Cat Awards at www.cats.org.uk/nca and don’t forget to search for #NationalCatAwards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see all those purrfect pics!