Cat folded into sofa bed wins Hambone Award for unusual insurance claim

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Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Nationwide pet insurance announced a New York cat who ended up folded up in a sofa bed was awarded the Hambone Award for the most unusual pet insurance claim of the year.

Nationwide said the 15th annual Hambone Award, named in honor of a dog who ate an entire ham while trapped in a refrigerator, was awarded to a cat named Giles.


Giles' owners, Reid and Kaitlyn, said the cat was under the sofa bed when Reid's stepmother folded it back into the couch.

Giles, like the rest of the finalists for the award, fully recovered from his injuries.

"Giles' predicament shows just how easily an ordinary situation can become precarious for a pet," Jules Benson, vice president of pet health and chief veterinary officer for Nationwide, said in a news release. "We're so glad that the quick actions of Giles' family and their veterinary care team set him up for a speedy recovery."

Giles and his owners were presented with the Hambone Award trophy, a gift card and a donation to be made in the feline's name to an approved pet-related charity of the family's choice.


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