Saturday, 18 August 2012

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Pet named Cat of Year for helping boy with selective mutism

Lorcan is able to say 'I love you' to Jessi-Cat - something he cannot do with his family

A pet which changed the life of a boy with a severe anxiety disorder has been named National Cat of the Year.

Jessi-Cat was honoured for helping Lorcan Dillon, seven, cope with selective mutism, a condition which affects his ability to express himself.

Lorcan, from Davyhulme, Greater Manchester, can now say "I love you" and share his emotions when he finds it difficult to speak to people.

The cat was honoured by feline charity Cats Protection.

'Incredible bond'

Jessi-Cat was crowned overall winner by celebrity judge, the prog rock keyboard player Rick Wakeman, after winning the Best Friends category which was one of five award categories.

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