Giggsy the cat from Derbyshire proves it’s all in the eyes as he scoops national pet photography prize

The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) has named Giggsy the cat from Bolsover in Derbyshire one of Britain’s happiest pets. The Ragdoll has been chosen from more than 150 entrants as the winner of NOAH’s ‘The Eyes Have It’ competition, which sought to find happy pets, with happy eyes, across the nation.

Giggsy’s distinctive peepers caught NOAH’s attention during the competition, which ran as part of the organisation’s Happy, Healthy Pets Project — an online gallery aiming to build the UK’s largest ever picture of pet health, made up of photographs submitted by pet owners who love to show off the furry, feathery, finned and scaly extensions of their family.

Giggsy’s proud owner, Julie McDonald, is delighted her pet has been chosen, stating:

“I’m delighted that Giggsy has won the competition, as he means the world to our family. We think he’s a wonderful cat as he’s so gentle and loving, and everyone who meets him is won over by him – even the non-cat lovers! His health and wellbeing are of the uppermost importance to us and we think that shows when you look at him.”

NOAH’s mission is to celebrate UK pets and the owners who love them, and to ensure that these pets receive the best expert, independent healthcare advice available through the Pet Health Information website. Its Happy, Healthy Pets Gallery sits as part of this initiative on

NOAH Chief Executive, Dawn Howard comments:

“The launch of the Happy, Healthy Pets gallery has been such an exciting time for us at NOAH. With entries being submitted every day, it’s heartening to see how well cared for pets are in the UK, and just how proud owners are to show them off. This first competition marks the start of a year full of campaigns design to highlight different aspect of animal health. With many more to come, we can’t wait to see what other photos are submitted this year!”

NOAH’s Happy, Healthy Pets photography ambassador Victoria Hillman, who helped judge the entries comments:

“The composition of the winning photograph is wonderful and Giggsy’s eyes are so mesmerising! He is a clear winner!”

For more information or to submit photos, simply visit the Pet Health Info gallery.

29 June 2015

Notes for Editors

  1. For further information or an interview, please contact Jenny Townsend, or (0)20 8370 3680.

  2. About NOAH: NOAH’s Pet Health Information (PHI) website gives easy access, immediate, independent advice and was written by veterinary experts. It carries no advertisements and makes no mention of product brands, aims to give sound advice but also promotes the value of expert advice — it encourages owners to go and talk to an expert such as their veterinary surgeon or a pet care specialist.

  3. NOAH represents the UK animal medicines industry: its aim is to promote the benefits of safe, effective, quality medicines for the health and welfare of all animals. NOAH is a trustee of National Pet Month, an educational charity. More details on