Saturday 24 October, 2015
Burlington Hotel, Birmingham, UK
This year we are taking our annual International Cat Care Conference to Birmingham, to the Burlington Hotel. This central location and close proximity to the busy Birmingham New Street train station will allow more cat lovers from all over the UK to attend what is going to be another fascinating conference day. The conference, which is kindly sponsored by Ceva and Agria, is aimed at veterinary nurses/technicians, cat professionals and enthusiastic and curious cat owners.
This year the conference will cover something behavioural, something veterinary and something new, as well as take a look at International Cat Care's new 'keeping your cat safe' campaign (kicking off in July 2015). To find out more, please take see the programme below.
This year's conference will include talks on 4 different topics:
- Cats and babies - how cats are affected by a new baby, how to keep both the cat and baby safe and how to smooth the transition from a baby-free home to one which, if only for the first year or so, will be focused seriously on the baby.
- Obesity - looking at obesity from a behavioural perspective, providing us with some interesting insights into not just our cats, but into our own contributing behaviours.
- Cat friendly handling - top tips for feline friendly handling. These tips are ideal for practises who wish to become more cat friendly but the principles can be used wherever cats are handled.
- 'Tom and Jerry syndrome' - a look at a brand new syndrome recognised in cats called FARS (feline audiogenic reflex seizures) or 'Tom and Jerry syndrome'.
- Hypertension in cats - just like humans, cats can suffer from high blood pressure. Learn more about this condition, the health consequences of leaving it untreated and how to best manage stress in order to gain a true blood pressure measurement.
- Improving the welfare of confined cats - find out about the ideas behind, the aims of and the results so far of a new traffic light system, which has been developed to help homing organisations assess the health and wellbeing of confined cats.
'Keeping your cat safe' campaign
International Cat Care will be launching a 'Keeping Your Cat Safe' campaign in July, working with the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) and Agria Pet Insurance. To kick it off and set the scene, there will be two talks on this at the conference:
- Common poisonings: find out which poisonings are most commonly reported to VPIS and which tend to be more obscure
- Learning from insurance claims: take a look at pet insurance data to see what we can learn from the types and causes of claim which come in – are there things we can prevent?
|10.00-10.15||Introduction and International Cat Care review|
Cats and babies – keeping both safe
Top tips for feline friendly handling
‘Keeping Your Cat Safe’ campaign: learning from
‘Keeping Your Cat Safe’ campaign – cat poisonings
Tom and Jerry syndrome (audiogenic seizures)
Cats and obesity – a behavioural perspective
The pressure's on - hypertension in cats
Improving the wellbeing of confined cats: International Cat Care's Traffic Light System and advice on assessing cats
|Lauren Finka and Vicky Halls|
The charming and historic Burlington Hotel, Birmingham, is found amid the stunning architecture of the city's beautiful New Street. It's cental location means it is right at the heart of one of England's biggest and most exciting cities, where there's a myriad of great things to do if you chose to stay over night or spend the weekend enjoying what is on offer.
If you wish to find out more about the hotel or book yourself a room, please visit the Burlington Hotel website.
Booking a place
The cost of attending is:
- Standard rate: £70.00
- Charity rate: £50.00
You can register: