Fun-loving Morley feline is named Britain’s Cosiest Cat

Neil the cat who likes to relax by hugging a teddy bear has been named Britain's Cosiest Pet.
Neil the cat who likes to relax by hugging a teddy bear has been named Britain's Cosiest Pet.

A Morley moggy who loves his cuddles has been crowned Britain’s Cosiest Pet.

Ginger tom Neil won a competition organised by the National Office of Animal Health after being entered by proud owner Richard Powell.

The playful cat was one of over 1,000 pets to feature in an online photo gallery as part of the I Heart My Pet campaign to promote physical and emotional health.

A cute snap of Neil playing with his teddy bear caught the judges’ eyes and he was named the winner.

“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!” said Richard, an insurance compliance officer who moved to Leeds from Hampshire.

Three-year-old Neil, an indoor cat, was adopted as a kitten when he was spotted by Richard on the website Pre-Loved Pets. He now shares his home in Morley town centre and approves of his owner’s love of baking.

NOAH hopes the photo of play-loving Neil will raise awareness of the need for pets to have a warm, safe place to snuggle during the winter months.

He is also a popular character at Abbey House Veterinary Hospital on Commercial Street.

“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! 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,” said vet Laura Smith, who treats Neil.

“When I saw Neil I fell in love straight away. He’s my only pet, but I’ve grown up around animals and would love to have more,” added Richard.

For more information about pet health visit www.pethealthinfo.org.uk.