Neil the cat from Leeds cuddles up to be crowned the nation’s cosiest pet!

Latest competition winner takes his place among the 1000+ strong gallery of Happy Healthy Pets

After searching for Britain’s cosiest pet as part of its ‘I Heart My Pet’ campaign, the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) is pleased to announce they’ve found it in Neil, a cat from Morley, Leeds.

Neil caught the attention of the judges 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. With the latest competition, the Happy Healthy Pets Project now stands at over 1,000 fantastic images of much-loved pets from all over the UK, making it the biggest gallery of its kind and helping put owners in the picture when it comes to pet health by directing them to independent, expert advice through pethealthinfo.org.uk.

Neil beat off hundreds of other entries from proud pet owners across the nation by helping to prove that when it comes to getting cosy, they’ve got it sorted.

Neil’s proud owner Richard Powell of Morley, Leeds says:

‘’I’m so happy the judges found Neil as adorable as I do. I have such a great bond with him and I’m very much in tune with how he’s feeling. When he isn’t himself I make sure I take him straight to the vet. I also spend a lot of time with him through play. His favourite toys are his catnip mouse and his scratching post, which he loves to climb on top of!”

NOAH Chief Executive, Dawn Howard comments:

“We have been so pleased with the participation in our ‘Cosy Pets’ competition and we’re thrilled that Neil has won. We are delighted to see the lengths pet owners go to ensure their pets are cosy and rested: so vital to their mental and physical wellbeing. Our pets have different levels of energy and require different amounts of exercise but it’s also really important that they have downtime to rest and relax, as well as ensuring that they stay warm in the colder winter months. The competition was designed to champion the role that a cosy place to snuggle plays in pet healthcare as a whole. Once again, it’s been heartening to see just how seriously UK pet owners take the health of their pets through the stories they’ve told us and the images they’ve shared.”

Paul Manktelow, ‎Principal of Regional Veterinary Services at PDSA who helped judge the entries and who picked Neil as the final winner, comments:

“Neil has obviously learned that the key to being cosy is a good hug! By the smile on the teddy bear’s face, you can tell that he is an expert even at such a young age!” Laura Smith- Neil’s Veterinarian at Abbey House Hospital also spoke: ‘Neil looks adorable and comfortable in this picture. We’re not at all surprised that he’s won – he’s always relaxed whenever he comes into Abbey House for a visit! His owner Richard has clearly taken on our professional advice as well as ensuring he has plenty of safe toys to play with to keep him occupied and purring all day!’ For more information or to submit photos to NOAH’s Happy, Healthy Pets Gallery, simply visit www.pethealthinfo.org.uk.

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For further information or an interview, please contact Jenny Townsend, j.townsend@noah.co.uk or (0)20 8370 3680.

14 January 2016

Notes for Editors

  1. NOAH’s Pet Health Information (PHI) www.pethealthinfo.org.uk 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.

  2. 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. See more at www.noah.co.uk. NOAH is a trustee of National Pet Month, an educational charity. More details on www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk.