Mounting evidence to prove that flat-faced cat breeds are suffering

There is growing evidence to show that flat-faced or brachycephalic cats (picture 1), including most modern Persians or Exotic Shorthairs, are suffering from a number of health problems, leading to lifelong suffering as a direct result of being 'designed' to have a very flat face. This includes breathing problems, eye inflammation, skin infections and difficulty eating.

Cats not responsible for bird decline

According to a highly controversial US conservationist, 'cats should be kept off the street' due to the danger they pose to wildlife. Dr Peter Marra, head of Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center at Washington DC's National Zoo, has spoke out to suggest that free-roaming cats could be responsible for killing billions of birds worldwide and that pet cats should be kept indoors or on a leash, and that stray cats which can't be rehomed should be euthanised.

Are cat cafes good for cats?

A recent article published by the BBC examined the growing trend of cat cafes. Eight are currently open for business in the UK, with three more due to open by the end of the year, and at least six more in 2017. With these numbers increasing, the article asks an important question – are cat cafes good for cats?

Survey reveals 98% of vets asked to euthanise healthy pets

A recent survey, released by the British Veterinary Association, revealed that 98% of vets have been asked to euthanise a healthy pet citing the owner’s reason as their pet’s behaviour. Problem behaviours vets can see include persistent howling, destructive chewing, and inappropriate toileting. Aggressive behaviour, towards both people and other pets, is also a problem that led to the owner’s request of euthanasia. It is a very sad situation that owners feel there are no other options but to ask their vet to euthanise their pet because it is showing problem behaviour. Fortunately, many unwanted behaviours in cats are preventable. It is often owner misunderstanding, or lack of knowledge of feline behaviour, that leads owners to manage their cats in a manner that can cause problem behaviours.

Food puzzles enhance feline wellbeing

Greater understanding of the importance of environmental enrichment is bringing benefits for pet cats. An indoor-only lifestyle for our feline companions, unless managed appropriately, can give rise to health issues (such as obesity and diabetes) and problem behaviours (including aggression, house-soiling and attention-seeking). One approach to mitigating these potential problems is with the use of ‘food puzzles’ – devices that release food when an animal interacts with them.

Is your veterinary clinic the cat’s whiskers?

Veterinary clinics are choosing to become accredited under the Cat Friendly Clinic (CFC) scheme for many reasons; be it to offer improved service to clients, enhance staff expertise in cat handling techniques and behaviour or simply because it makes good business sense. Over the past 10 years or so, the experience for cats visiting any of the 288 accredited Cat Friendly Clinics has been improved.

More 'Cattitude' dates available

Developing Cattitude: a feline-friendly approach to cats and their owners

The Big Chat at BVNA Congress last year was all about cats and generated 473 responses from delegates, with 88 per cent saying they would like to “attend a course to understand cat behaviour and recommended handling techniques.” 

Not being ones to rest on their laurels, Onswitch, the company behind the Big Chat, took up the challenge of developing a Good Cattitude course, in conjunction with the ISFM and Martha Cannon of the Oxford Cat Clinic, which was launched in 2015.

iCatCare support World Spay Day 2016

Animal charities warn of potential cat-astrophe

Animal charities have today revealed that more than 850,000 cats* in the UK have had unplanned litters, leaving many owners unprepared for the cost and commitment of raising kittens and struggling to find them suitable homes.   

The charities are warning owners not having their cats neutered could lead to a population explosion as these unplanned litters could add up to as many as 4.3 million potentially unwanted kittens.**

International Cat Care announced as APBC charity of the year 2016

We are pleased to announce that The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) have chosen International Cat Care as their 2016 charity of the year!

Commenting on the choice of charity, Rosie Barclay, APBC chair, says: “The International Cat Care website – - is an excellent first stop for scientifically based advice on all things feline and we are delighted to help raise its profile both with our members, and the general public.”

'Cats v Dogs' iCatCare's Dr Sarah Ellis on BBC2

'Cats v Dogs' 8pm tonight on BBC2 - with International Cat Care's Dr Sarah Ellis and her cat Cosmos

Part of our charitable work at International Cat Care is to provide good quality scientifically based advice on many aspects of feline health, welfare and behaviour. How we distribute such advice is varied and includes via courses, conferences, journals, e-magazines and the blog Katzenworld. This week, we are also branching into television.

ABCD & Merial Young Scientist Awards 2016: deadline extended

The European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD) invites applications for the 2016 ABCD & Merial Young Scientist Clinical and Research Awards (AMYSA), which aim to reward innovative and outstanding work by promising young professionals in the field of feline infectious diseases and/or immunology. Two awards will be presented, one for research, the other for basic clinical investigation. The jury will decide to which category a submission should be assigned.

Rave reviews for sell-out webinar

A recent webinar for veterinarians and veterinary nurses/technicians on vaccination in cats was watched by over 2500 members and has received fantastic feedback.

iCatCare and its veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), hold monthly webinars for ISFM veterinary members and ISFM veterinary nurse/technician members. These webinars, which count as 1 CPD hour, are on a range of feline topics and are presented by feline experts.