Award nomination for purr-fect pal

Kenzie McNeil plays with her best friend, Baby Boy
Kenzie McNeil plays with her best friend, Baby Boy

A local youngster is waiting to find out if her feline friend Baby Boy will be named Cats Protection National Cat of the Year.

Three-year-old Kenzie McNeil of Peterhead is delighted as her cat made it through as a finalist of the Most Outstanding Rescue Cat category, however if he wins he will then battle it out to be named National Cat of the Year.

Three-year-old Kenzie McNeil with her best friend, Burmese cat Baby Boy

Three-year-old Kenzie McNeil with her best friend, Burmese cat Baby Boy

Kenzie’s mum Jacqueline entered Baby Boy into the competition as she explained: “I saw it advertised on Facebook and entered as I thought he deserved a little recognition but I didn’t realise how big it was.”

Jacqueline, a fundraising volunteer for the Peterhead and District Cats Protection, adopted Baby Boy seven years ago after he was rescued from a kitten farm.

She said: “He was in such a bad state so I took him on thinking he didn’t have much of a chance. He was petrified of humans and cowered into any confined space.

“Luckily he got better but he was still scared of humans until Kenzie was born.”

Daughter Kenzie was born in March 2011 and was given just 24 hours to live after suffering from Strep B-induced pneumonia and meningitis.

Jacqueline continued: “When Kenzie came home Baby Boy began to come out of his shell.

“They sit and play together and make quite the team. Baby Boy is amazing with Kenzie - she will dress him up and he has even been pushed around in the doll’s pram a few times!”

Although Baby Boy is comfortable with Kenzie, he is still frightened of strangers.

Jacqueline added: “It really is the sweetest partnership, both of them have not had the best of starts but they help each other out, and Kenzie is very proud to show off her Baby Boy to all her wee friends.”

Jacqueline and Kenzie will find out if Baby Boy is successful when they fly to the awards ceremony in London on Thursday, August 7.