Jynx runner-up in comp to find lookalike to Postman Pat's cat Jess
CAT-LOVER Laura Hadley enjoys nothing more than seeing her beloved pets in the spotlight.
And her playful moggie Jynx loves it just as much after landing second place in a look-a-like competition.
The three-year-old was voted as one of five runners-up in the 'Spot The Difference' contest to find the feline who looks most like Postman Pat's black and white cat Jess.
More than 50 cats were entered into the nationwide competition with Jynx receiving 159 votes in the online competition.
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Owner Laura, of Cumberbatch Avenue, Fegg Hayes, decided to enter Jynx into the competition after spotting an advert in a national cat magazine.
The 28-year-old, who has nine other cats, said: "I thought Jynx resembled Jess because of his little pink nose, but a lot of people have told me he looks more like the Felix cat from the adverts."
The competition was launched by the cat pain awareness campaign Spot The Signs, which aims to raise awareness of illnesses in cats.
Laura had Jynx from a rescue centre in North Wales when he was two years old and since then he has settled in well with the other cats.
But it has not been all plain sailing for Jynx as he was shot in the neck with an air gun at point-blank range in 2011.
He needed emergency surgery to remove the pellet and spent 10 days on antibiotics to help him recover.
Laura, who is currently unemployed, added: "He is fine now. He is mischievous, boisterous and bounds around all day.
"He has such a loveable soul and very gentle."
Laura, who lives with her partner John Bright, aged 32, had her first pet when she was 17 years old.
She said: "I love cats, I love their different characteristics and their independence. All of my cats are very different in their own ways and I enjoy watching them play together.
"I have entered a few competitions in the past. It's become a bit of a hobby but not all of them are cat-based contests. It is always nice to know that we've done well."
Last year, Laura entered Jynx into the national My Pet Superstar competition along with her other cat, Truffle.
Both came runners-up, with Jynx taking second place in the Inspirational category.
Jynx landed a £50 gift voucher as part of his latest prize which Laura, whose oldest cat Magic is 13, will use to pamper her pets.
She added: "I like to spoilt them so I am going to buy them all some new toys to play with."
Claire Bessant, leading feline author and CEO of the charity FAB, said: "There was strong competition for the winner of best Jess look-a-like, and a big congratulations goes to gorgeous feline Jynx, who was a very deserving runner up, with 169 votes.
"The Spot The Difference competition was launched with Postman Pat's loveable side-kick Jess the cat, who is working with the Spot The Signs campaign to raise awareness of the hidden signs of pain in cats."