Is this Britain's most caring cat?

Emily says Arthur gives her a reason to care for herself. Credit: Cats Protection

A pet cat from Cheshire who has helped his owner overcome serious challenges has been shortlisted to become named Britain’s ‘Most Caring Cat’ in a national charity competition.

Arthur helped his owner live an independent life following a three-and-a-half year stay at a mental health unit.

Emily says Arthur gives her a reason to care for herself. Credit: Cats Protection

Emily, 24, has battled serious mental health issues which has meant she spent much of the past eight years receiving specialist hospital care.

But since welcoming Arthur into her life last September, Emily has been able to live independently for the longest period in her adult life.

Arthur and his owner have both helped each other grow in confidence. Credit: Cats Protection

Arthur beat hundreds of other entries to be one of three animals shortlisted in his category, which celebrates cats that have a positive impact on their owner’s health or wellbeing.

If he wins, he’ll go on to be in with a chance of becoming Cats Protection’s official ‘National Cat of the Year 2018’.

The awards are an annual celebration of the real-life stories of heroism, loyalty and companionship in the feline world.

You can read about the Awards and the rest of the finalists here.