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Winner of Cat of the Year announced

Friday, 17th August 2012

The winner of this year’s National Cat of the Year award has been announced as part of the Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards.

Jessi-Cat helped seven-year-old Lorcan Dillon, who suffers from a form of mutism, to say 'I love you'.

The much-loved pet first won the Best Friends award and was then revealed the be the overall winner.

This year's awards were judged by a host of celebrities, including musician and Grumpy Old Men star Rick Wakeman.

He said: "The bond between Jessi-Cat and Lorcan is incredible and it has clearly had a hugely positive impact on Lorcan's home and school life. Jessi-Cat helps Lorcan to communicate and express emotions that ordinarily Lorcan wouldn’t be able to do."

Lorcan’s mother, Jayne Dillon, added that Jessi-Cat has been a great support for her son and is able to express emotions through her.

Ms Dillon said: "She is without a doubt the best friend a boy could have."

The star-studded awards ceremony was held in London on Thursday (August 16th).