Cat is within a whisker of gong

OUR HERO: Missy who is up for Most Caring Cat with owners Craig and Rosie Jones, of Horbury. Picture: Cats Protection/PA Wire
OUR HERO: Missy who is up for Most Caring Cat with owners Craig and Rosie Jones, of Horbury. Picture: Cats Protection/PA Wire

Missy the cat is ‘feline’ fine after being nominated for a national award.

The super puss from Horbury has been shortlisted in the ‘Most Caring’ category in this years’ Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards.

The nine-year pet has been nominated for ‘providing comfort and support’ to owners Craig and Rosie Jones after they were involved in a high speed car accident.

The couple had been driving to Manchester when the car they were travelling in collided with a lorry at 70mph in January 2015. Just over two years later, the couple are both still coping with long term chronic pain conditions and post-traumatic stress.

Craig, 27, explained that when the couple returned home from hospital, it was their tabby cat Missy who helped them on the road to recovery.

He said: “From the moment we got home, she never left our side and she brought us so much comfort during some very difficult times.

“We both suffer with chronic pain and need to lay down a lot. When we do, Missy is always there as a friendly, comforting presence. She’s given us something to focus on and helped us put the past behind us and look to the future.

“She’s had a tough time too, having been treated for cancer twice. All three of us have our challenges, but we get through it together. We’re there for her, and she’s there for us.”

Missy beat hundreds of other entries to make the awards shortlist. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Savoy Hotel in London on Thursday, August 3. If Missy wins she will also be in with a chance of being crowned National Cat of the Year.