by Bethany Meissner
Everyone knows that pets can be a great comfort to their people, but three special British cats are finalists for a top award due to their abilities to comfort and help children in their lives.
Houdini, a two-year-old gray cat with warm golden eyes is one of the finalists for the “Cat of the Year 2016” award in the “Furr-ever Friends” category at the Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards in August.
According to the Stoke Sentinel, Harri began suffering anxiety attacks after his mom, Kielo, broke her back. Kielo told Cats Protection that “the sound of his [Houdini’s] purr and the smell of his fur have a huge calming effect on Harri.” In fact, the family calls Houdini a therapy cat because of how much he helps Harri!
Before Houdini came into his life, Harri had trouble being alone, but now Houdini helps him. Kielo said that “Houdini seems to know when Harri’s had a bad day at school, or when everything is getting too much for him, and will sit with him.”
Houdini isn’t the only finalist in the Furr-ever Friends category helping a child with autism. Mr. Miffy is another finalist. He helps twelve-year-old Jessica who used to suffer meltdowns and have daily struggles. Her mom told Cats Protection that when they got Mr. Miffy “it was the turning point.” Jessica stays calmer and “believes that he truly understands her.”
The other finalist in the category is Blue. Blue lives with eight-year-old Lilly Ruskin who struggled due to her older brother Flynn’s neurological problems. Although Lilly and Flynn both love Blue, their mom, Joanna, told Cats Protection that Blue makes “things so much easier for Lilly…when things get too much for her, she will go to Blue for comfort, fun, and support.”
Regardless of whichever cat wins the award, all three families are already winners to have such fantastic felines in their homes.