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.

New 'Developing Cattitude' dates available for 2016

In collaboration with International Cat Care, and working with Martha Cannon from The Oxford Cat Clinic (UK), Onswitch are running a training course called 'Developing Cattitude', demonstrating practical ways in which your vet practice can become truly cat-friendly.

The one day course, suitable for every member of the practice team, will cover both clinical and non-clinical aspects of feline veterinary care including:

Vet Charity Challenge raises £5000 for iCatCare

In September 2015, many teams of vets and practice staff competed in the 2015 Vet Charity Challenge, a one day event that aims to raise money for three animal charities every year. International Cat Care was chosen as one of the supported charities for the event and has recently received a cheque for £5000, raised from donations and everyone that took part in the challenge. 

We are hugely grateful for being supported this year and are overwhelmed at the amount of money raised. The money raised will go towards 2 areas of our welfare work:

iCatCare shares feline advice with Katzenworld

International Cat Care has teamed up with Katzenworld, a feline-dedicated blog, to help cat advice and infromation reach as many people as possible.

When we first met Katzenworld Founder and blogger Marc, we quickly became aware we shared a huge passion – cats. As well as providing personal cat stories, fun photos, product reviews, Katzenworld is very keen to be a source of the very best advice on all things cat.

Don't judge a cat by its coat colour!

You may well have read in the media in past couple of weeks that cats of certain coat colours are more likely to be aggressive. Such stories were based on the recent research study into the possible relationship between coat colour and aggressive behaviours in the domestic cat, conducted by scientists at the University of California, Davis and published online in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science in October.