Meet Genie The awardwinning cat who helped 11yearold girl through her cancer

first_imgGenie, a cancer-nursing cat, has been named Cat of The Year.The rescue animal helped her owner through bone cancer treatment.She was given the honour for helping her young owner, Evie Henderson, 11, from Lincoln, through six rounds of chemotherapy.The child, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2016, said that Genie helped her deal with long spells in hospital and several painful operations.Ms Henderson said the cat deserved the prize from the Cats Protection League. “I think she’s great. She deserves it. She’s always been there for me,” said Evie.”She would come round my leg with the plaster and she would sit by my feet. She would smell my plaster and she’d come up on to the sofa and do pitter-patter on my knee.”When I’ve been too ill to have friends round or go outside and I’ve been stuck in the house, she’d come round me and that made me a lot happier and gave me great comfort.”She also said Genie’s moulting helped her deal with the trauma of losing her hair.She said: “It was very upsetting for me because I had long brown hair. But at the same time as it was spring, Genie was moulting as well so it was sort of like I’m losing my hair and Genie’s losing her hair as well so that eased the shock of it all.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Evie said her cat supported her when she was losing her hair Evie said her cat supported her when she was losing her hairlast_img read more