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Playful cat is the purrfect choice

By Donald Turvill
Dumfries and West
Playful cat is the purrfect choice

A CAT from Dumfries suffering from disabilities has won the hearts of feline fans across the UK.

Two-year-old Charlie Roo pawed-up the ‘Purrfectly Imperfect’ award at Cat Protection’s 2020 Alternative Cat Awards, held online for the first time due to coronavirus.

Charlie lives with a condition called radial hypoplasia, which affects the growth of bones in his front legs.

A video showing him sleeping, having fun and enjoying life won over judges and beat competition from Sonny, a three-legged cat from London and two-year-old Arlo, born with facial deformities.

Charlie’s owner, Siobhan Webster said: “Charlie Roo doesn’t let his disability or his bad start in life faze him.

“When he was rescued, he was very underweight, anaemic and had fleas and worms. Apart from being extremely cute, he just loves to play and makes us laugh every single day.”

Charlie was the winner of one of five categories which collectively received over 500 entries. The five winners will now be put to a public vote to choose the ‘People’s Purrfect Choice’ award.

The winner, to be announced by comedian Bob Mortimer, will be invited to attend the National Cat Awards at London’s Savoy in August 2021.

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