International Cat Care recently teamed up with Black Cat Opera Company to give away a pair of tickets for its production of Verdi's final opera, the comic masterpiece Falstaff, which was to be performed at Camberley Theatre, Surrey, from 12-16 August 2015. To be in with a chance of winning, fans had to answer one simple question: 'what was the first full production the Black Cat Opera Company staged in July 2014?'
The wait is finally over! The 12 winning images of the 2015 International Cat Care photography competition – themed ‘the Beauty of Cats’ – have been revealed. And this year, a photograph of a Hong Kong street cat, affectionately known as ‘Shy’, has taken first place as the overall winner.
‘Shy’, along with the other 11 winning images will now feature in International Cat Care’s breand new 2016 calendar, with the image of Shy gracing the front cover.
A researcher from the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences has been awarded the European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD) & Merial Young Scientist Award 2015 for her contribution to feline infectious disease research.
As we all know, the weather can be completely unpredictable. Recently the UK has faced soaring temperatures and heatwave followed suddenly by flash floods in certain areas of the countries. To help cat owners prepare for all weathers, International Cat Care has added a new page to its website - caring for your cat in hazardous weather.
This year's ISFM European Congress took place in July in beautiful Porto, Portugal, at the Sheraton Hotel. The congress lectures focused on feline haematology and dermatology, with a special pre-congress day dedicated to non-surgical feline fertility control (in association with ACC&D). Nearly 500 delegates from 39 different countries attended the congress and were treated to fascinating feline talks and optional masterclasses by expert speakers.
The ISFM National Partner (NP) network enables like-mined national veterinary cat groups to work collaboratively together, and with ISFM, and to provide a framework for the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas on feline health and welfare.
The recent revamp of ISFM's (the veterinary division of iCatCare) Cat Friendly Clinic programme saw the addition of a brand new level of accreditation, bronze. Originally two levels existed - silver and gold - but now a third bronze level has been introduced to help clinics who want to show off their 'cattitude' but may previously have struggled to reach silver or gold accreditation due to practice constraints.
The results are in for International Cat Care’s ‘Cattitude’ Facebook photo competition with the top 3 entries accumulating nearly 1200 public and practice votes between them. Winning veterinary practice, Clinica Veterinaria Bemavet in Italy stormed ahead in the final stages of the competition with 521 ‘Likes’ on their Cattitude entry, submitted by vet Dr Beatrice Funiciello. The clinic received £400 worth of Thames Medical vouchers to spend on equipment, and Beatrice, £200 worth of gift vouchers for her efforts.
During the 2015 BSAVA congress, International Cat Care and ISFM (the charity's veterinary division) held two competitions; one for veterinarians and one for veterinary nurses and technicians. For the vets, a free place at the ISFM European Congress plus free ISFM membership was on offer, and for the nurses, the prize was a free place on the ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing Distance Education Course.
The winners for the competitions have now been drawn - congratulations to Ursula Lanigan and Carrie Slack!
ISFM, the veterinary division of International Cat Care, will be working with ACC&D, the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs, to bring the first ever non-surgical neutering conference to Europe.
International Cat Care is holding 'kitten week' on its social media pages to help owners prepare properly for new arrivals and to make sure they are properly informed of all that is involved in caring for a cat/kitten.
International Cat Care and it's veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), returned from this year’s BSAVA Congress delighted by the amount of great ‘cattitude’ that was exhibited by congress attendees. Both vets and nurses flocked to the iCatCare/ISFM stand keen to find out more about the feline charity and what is has to offer.
The Vet Charity Challenge is a one-day event which pulls together a series of physical tasks with team building challenges, all in order to raise funds for selected animal charities. Each year the challenge supports different charities and this year, International Cat Care is one of them.
According to research* published recently in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS - the flagship journal of ISFM, the veterinary division of International CatCare) by veterinary clinicians at the University of Lisbon and a veterinary clinic in the nearby town of Barreiro in Portugal, music is beneficial for cats in the surgical environment.
International Cat Care, in association with Ceva, have donated a vehicle to The Mayhew Animal Home, to aid them in their 'Pick n Snip' community animal care programme.
The programme aims to help cat owners who wish to have their cats neutered but who have difficulty getting to The Mayhew's clinic for numerous reasons (eg, mobility, expense, language barrier, social exclusion).
The Mayhew's Animal Welfare Officers go to the cat owner's home at an arranged time and pick up their cat(s) for neutering (and microchipping, flea t
This week, International Cat Care is raising awareness of feline diabetes
From 16-20 March 2015, International Cat Care is holding a 'Diabetes Awareness Week'. The charity hopes to raise awareness of the condition in cats and make owners of diabetic cats aware of helpful resources available to them.