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.
Tuesday 24 February 2015 is World Spay Day - a day dedicated to promoting the importance of feline neutering.
As part of the Cat Population Control Group, International Cat Care is joining together with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the Blue Cross, Cats Protection, Celia Hammond Animal Trust, the Mayhew Animal Home, PDSA, RSPCA, Wood Green Animal Charity, to raise awareness of the importance of getting your cat neutered.
The European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD) invites applications for the 2015 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.
With the news of the worsening weather and the 'weather bomb' that is due to hit the UK, International Cat Care have produced a set of 'winter safety tips', providing cat owners with practical advice on how to keep their cats safe this winter.
As the weather gets colder, cats face a number of different hazards from frost bite to more serious issues that owners need to be aware of. The tips listed in our article can advise owners on how to handle these issues, how to prevent injury and how to keep their cats safe during the winter months.
One of our supporters and a recipient iCatCare’s 2014 Cat Friendly Award, Agria Pet Insurance, have revealed that 22% more cats are reported missing on Bonfire Night than on any other night of the year.
Data collected over the past five years has shown that during the week either side of Bonfire Night, the number of missing pet reports goes up by a third, compared with an average week.
We believe this is because of the amount of stress that pets experience on the night due to the loud bangs and noises that fireworks produce.