Top Cat Photo Competition

ALL money raised was donations to SLEAPY CAT RESCUE.

See the photo entries here!


The Results of the Cat Photographic Competition!!

The judges were some of the wonderful NHS staff at the Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry. They judged the photos at home. Thank you very much to the judges:

  • Jo Nunnerly – HDU and Outreach Sister
  • Tracy Nixson – HDU and Outreach Sister
  • Karen Pilson – HDU Staff Nurse
  • Helen Mitchell – HDU Staff Nurse

Here is what Helen had to say: “This has been very, very difficult as we are all animal and cat mad and would dearly love to give all a prize. All the cats were individually deserving to win as they are so obviously treasured for being themselves.

Thank you for involving us. We really enjoyed it and hope we haven’t disappointed anybody too much. It was never going to be easy with the so many quality cats!

Here goes:”

Best Pal: Rio 

“What an absolute star and appreciated on so many levels.”

Rio. Although we’re obviously very biased, we think that Rio is a very special boy. We read his story in the Shropshire Star when he was a 5-month old kitten, searching for a home after a difficult start in life. He had been pulled about and treated badly by the children in his first family and, being the feisty, little, character he was, he didn’t take it lying down and bit back! This led to his being surrendered to rescue where he wasn’t used to love and cuddles and he eventually found his way to the wonderful Sam at Gyrn Cattery, Selattyn, where he had behavioural therapy. We read his story in the newspaper when Sam sought a home for him, thought he sounded like a wonderful little character and decided to see him – it was love at first sight when we saw an energetic ginger bundle who never stopped purring! It took lots of time, patience and love as he hadn’t been used to a loving home but, eventually, he settled in and became a very relaxed and loving boy. As my parents’ health has deteriorated, he has become a companion upon whom they absolutely dote; my Dad now has Alzheimer’s and Rio is able to calm him when upset or agitated, and will follow him around the garden. My Mum’s arthritis has progressed to the point where she needs a wheelchair – Rio seems to know she can’t reach down to the floor to stroke him, and jumps up onto the arm of her chair for cuddles and head bumps. We wouldn’t be without him.
Rio. Although we’re obviously very biased, we think that Rio is a very special boy. We read his story in the Shropshire Star when he was a 5-month old kitten, searching for a home after a difficult start in life. He had been pulled about and treated badly by the children in his first family and, being the feisty, little, character he was, he didn’t take it lying down and bit back! This led to his being surrendered to rescue where he wasn’t used to love and cuddles and he eventually found his way to the wonderful Sam at Gyrn Cattery, Selattyn, where he had behavioural therapy. We read his story in the newspaper when Sam sought a home for him, thought he sounded like a wonderful little character and decided to see him – it was love at first sight when we saw an energetic ginger bundle who never stopped purring! It took lots of time, patience and love as he hadn’t been used to a loving home but, eventually, he settled in and became a very relaxed and loving boy. As my parents’ health has deteriorated, he has become a companion upon whom they absolutely dote; my Dad now has Alzheimer’s and Rio is able to calm him when upset or agitated, and will follow him around the garden. My Mum’s arthritis has progressed to the point where she needs a wheelchair – Rio seems to know she can’t reach down to the floor to stroke him, and jumps up onto the arm of her chair for cuddles and head bumps. We wouldn’t be without him.

RIO won the wire carrier with cover donated by MDC Exports and the Cat Shelf and Hammock donated by Home & Roost.

Catrobatics: Gorgeous George

“Great photo, fit healthy beautiful moggy.”

This is Gorgeous George, as he is a mix breed he has a sleek body and almost no stripes except on his belly! He loves to play, all day of he could and he is loving having us home at this time. This is him doing his yoga in the morning!
This is Gorgeous George, as he is a mix breed he has a sleek body and almost no stripes except on his belly! He loves to play, all day of he could and he is loving having us home at this time. This is him doing his yoga in the morning!

GORGEOUS GEORGE won the Wall Mounted Scratcher donated by Catipilla. He will enjoy using this as part of his daily exercise routine!

Funny Face: Loki

“Well what do you say. His character bounces from the page.”

I adopted Loki when he was 8 months old. He will be 3 in May. He is such a character and made a huge impact in my life. Truth be told he is a tad spoilt. I had my last cat for 17 years and when she went 7 years ago it look me a long time to consider having another cat. When I met Loki I absolutely adored him from the first moment. He just got straight up in my face and the choice was taken out of my hands.
I adopted Loki when he was 8 months old. He will be 3 in May. He is such a character and made a huge impact in my life. Truth be told he is a tad spoilt. I had my last cat for 17 years and when she went 7 years ago it look me a long time to consider having another cat. When I met Loki I absolutely adored him from the first moment. He just got straight up in my face and the choice was taken out of my hands.

LOKI will be the proud wearer of the GPS Cat Tracker donated by tractive. Or will he? No more secret rendezvous!

Sleeping Beauty: Bosie

“We really struggled here so many and a close-run thing. But another redhead. Bosie realised he’d fallen on his feet with these new humans and instantly felt at home and safe. It must have been lovely to experience that trust from an animal, given he’d only just arrived in the house.”

This is Bosie the afternoon we brought him home from Sleapy Cat Rescue. Do you think he was glad to be adopted?
This is Bosie the afternoon we brought him home from Sleapy Cat Rescue. Do you think he was glad to be adopted?

BOSIE will be practicing all the facial expressions in his “Cats Making Faces” Wall Art Print donated by Aimee Mac Illustrations.

Peek-a-Boo: Luke, Trooper and Storm.

“Treble trouble. Wonderful snap, it’s difficult enough getting one cat photographed never mind triplets. Great personalities.”

Luke, Trooper n Storm trying their best to hide!!
Luke, Trooper n Storm trying their best to hide!!

winning trio LUKE, TROOPER and STORM will probably not be sleeping like the cat on the Little Sleeping Cat Keepsake from Petributes. Instead they will be off somewhere creating mischief!

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Simply Gorgeous: Louis

“There’s something very poised and wise about Louis. “I am what I am and I’m perfectly content and secure in myself.”

This is Louis, this August 8th he will be 22 years old! He was born to a feral mum where we kept our horse and when ready him and his two brothers who he has well outlived came to live with us. About 6 years ago he had to have his eye removed, wasn't fazed! He doesn't care for much anymore just some prawns and a comfy lap to keep warm!
This is Louis, this August 8th he will be 22 years old! He was born to a feral mum where we kept our horse and when ready him and his two brothers who he has well outlived came to live with us. About 6 years ago he had to have his eye removed, wasn’t fazed! He doesn’t care for much anymore just some prawns and a comfy lap to keep warm!

LOUIS will enjoy gazing at the kitten, in the Print on Canvas from Janet Pidoux, and reminiscing about his youth.

Dylan by Janet Pidoux

Overall TOP CAT Winner: Rio

“What a moggy and handsome to boot.”

Rio. Although we’re obviously very biased, we think that Rio is a very special boy. We read his story in the Shropshire Star when he was a 5-month old kitten, searching for a home after a difficult start in life. He had been pulled about and treated badly by the children in his first family and, being the feisty, little, character he was, he didn’t take it lying down and bit back! This led to his being surrendered to rescue where he wasn’t used to love and cuddles and he eventually found his way to the wonderful Sam at Gyrn Cattery, Selattyn, where he had behavioural therapy. We read his story in the newspaper when Sam sought a home for him, thought he sounded like a wonderful little character and decided to see him – it was love at first sight when we saw an energetic ginger bundle who never stopped purring! It took lots of time, patience and love as he hadn’t been used to a loving home but, eventually, he settled in and became a very relaxed and loving boy. As my parents’ health has deteriorated, he has become a companion upon whom they absolutely dote; my Dad now has Alzheimer’s and Rio is able to calm him when upset or agitated, and will follow him around the garden. My Mum’s arthritis has progressed to the point where she needs a wheelchair – Rio seems to know she can’t reach down to the floor to stroke him, and jumps up onto the arm of her chair for cuddles and head bumps. We wouldn’t be without him.
Rio. Although we’re obviously very biased, we think that Rio is a very special boy. We read his story in the Shropshire Star when he was a 5-month old kitten, searching for a home after a difficult start in life. He had been pulled about and treated badly by the children in his first family and, being the feisty, little, character he was, he didn’t take it lying down and bit back! This led to his being surrendered to rescue where he wasn’t used to love and cuddles and he eventually found his way to the wonderful Sam at Gyrn Cattery, Selattyn, where he had behavioural therapy. We read his story in the newspaper when Sam sought a home for him, thought he sounded like a wonderful little character and decided to see him – it was love at first sight when we saw an energetic ginger bundle who never stopped purring! It took lots of time, patience and love as he hadn’t been used to a loving home but, eventually, he settled in and became a very relaxed and loving boy. As my parents’ health has deteriorated, he has become a companion upon whom they absolutely dote; my Dad now has Alzheimer’s and Rio is able to calm him when upset or agitated, and will follow him around the garden. My Mum’s arthritis has progressed to the point where she needs a wheelchair – Rio seems to know she can’t reach down to the floor to stroke him, and jumps up onto the arm of her chair for cuddles and head bumps. We wouldn’t be without him.

Sam’s Top Pick: Best Pals – Luna

“I love this photo, the way the boy and his kitten are gazing at each other, it’s just wonderful! I knew as soon as I saw this photo that I would have to add another winner – if it wasn’t chosen by the judges. To me, this photo represents the future, hopefully this young man will grow up and be a great advocate for all cats!”

Luna is my nearly 2 year old rescue cat from Tabiicats in Telford. She is a very chatty young lady and most definitely has tortitude! My favourite bit of Luna is her golden finger, she’s my best friend. This photo was taken the very first time I met Luna at a Tabiicats birthday fundraiser. My mum had already reserved Luna and her sister Tabiitha for us. It was love at first sight and the best day ever!
Luna is my nearly 2 year old rescue cat from Tabiicats in Telford. She is a very chatty young lady and most definitely has tortitude! My favourite bit of Luna is her golden finger, she’s my best friend. This photo was taken the very first time I met Luna at a Tabiicats birthday fundraiser. My mum had already reserved Luna and her sister Tabiitha for us. It was love at first sight and the best day ever!

Luna and her family will have fun examining all the goodies in the Cattitude Box donated by Cattitude Box.


A huge THANK YOU to everyone who entered the competition, the wonderful people who donated the prizes, the amazing judges who had the very difficult task of choosing the winners and Anthony and Steph for helping with the competition.

We managed to raise £427 for Sleapy Cat Rescue!!


The Lovely prizes!

Dylan by Janet Pidoux

A gorgeous Print on Canvas from Janet Pidoux.

A very useful Deluxe Wall Mounted Cat Shelf and Hammock from Home & Roost.

A splendid Wall Mounted Scratching Post from Catipilla.

A very handy Wire Cat Carrier from MDC.

A lovely “Cats Making Faces” Wall Art Print by Aimee Mac Illustrations.

A surprise Cattitude Box from Cattitude Box.

A GPS Cat Tracker from tractive.

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A little Sleeping Cat keepsake from Petributes.