Earlier this week, a cat was named the National Cat of the Year for 2018, at the National Cat Awards. The award was given to a cat named Theo who saved his owner’s life by keeping her awake when she suffered a blood clot. According to the paramedics, if Theo did not do what he did, his owner, Charlotte Dixon, may not have woken up.
According to Charlotte, it all began when she started feeling ill. She thought she should go back to sleep to help her feel better, but her cat, Theo kept stopping her from sleeping. At first she just though that the cat wanted to play. But then, after a few minutes it was evident that the cat did not want Charlotte to go back to sleep.
“When I woke up in the night feeling unwell, I put it down to a virus. I was confused and shaky but thought I should just get some sleep,” said Charlotte. “Theo wouldn’t let me and was behaving very strangely and out of character. He kept batting me with his paw, meowing and jumping on me – keeping me awake.”
Eventually, Charlotte decided it was best to call her mother, who then called an ambulance. Charlotte was then admitted to the hospital and spent a week there to address her blood clot. She has since made a miraculous recovery, and it was all thanks to Theo the cat. Theo was selected by a panel of judges for the top prize at the National Cat Awards, run by the Cats Protection League.