Cat who saved owner's life by keeping her awake when she suffered a blood clot is given award
A cat who saved his owner's life by keeping her awake when she suffered a blood clot is given a posthumous award.
Paramedics said without Theo's actions, owner Charlotte Dixon may not have woken up again.
Ms Dixon said: "All cats are amazing but I owe my life to Theo."
Speaking about the incident Ms Dixon added: "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.
"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 Ms Dixon rang her mother, who rang an ambulance. She spent a week in the high dependency unit at hospital but has made a full recovery since the incident, three years ago.
A panel of judges selected Theo for the top prize at the National Cat Awards, run by the Cats Protection League, at London's Savoy Hotel.
Theo, eight, from Redditch, Worcestershire, was crowned National Cat of the Year but died a week before the ceremony.
Ms Dixon said: "I'm devastated that he's gone but I'm so proud of him for winning"
One commenter posted, "He gave half his lives away to save her :(".
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