Wow! Cat received Hambone award for unusual pet insurance claim

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Giles with Hambone award
Giles posing with his Hambone Award. Image from

Giles, a New York City cat whose story about being inadvertently trapped under a sofa bed, has captured the 15th annual Hambone Award®, which recognizes the most unusual pet insurance claim of the year.

Nationwide® presents the award annually to bring awareness to surprising things that can happen to pets – and how pet insurance plays a role in helping them.

Giles’ story

Giles was adopted from a cat rescue in New York City. He now lives happily in an apartment with pet parents Reid and Kaitlyn.

Reid explained how his family’s overnight visit led to Giles’ Hambone Award:

“My stepmom said, ‘Something has happened, and we’re really sorry, but [Giles] got trapped under the couch.’ When they put the couch away, they didn’t realize that he was under there and … the mechanism bopped him in the face pretty good.”

While Giles, who was covered under a Nationwide Pet insurance policy, needed some stitches at a nearby veterinary office, he took it fairly well.

Nationwide hosted a public vote in September to determine the most unusual story and two runners-up from a field of 10 finalists. Giles, Kaitlyn and Reid receive the coveted Hambone Award trophy, a gift card, and a donation to be made in Giles’ honor to an approved pet charity of the family’s choice.

The Hambone Award was originally named after a Nationwide-insured dog who got stuck in a refrigerator and ate an entire holiday ham while waiting to be discovered. The dog was eventually found, with a licked-clean ham bone and a mild case of hypothermia.

All nominated pets have recovered and received reimbursements for eligible veterinary expenses from Nationwide® pet insurance.

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  1. Somehow with what Macy just went through that doesn’t seem that unusual LOL. Thank you so much for your kind words on the passing of our dear Brian. We all sincerely appreciate your kindness.

    Dad Terry

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