ISFM Porto Photos Published

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.

ISFM gets first bronze Cat Friendly Clinic

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. 

Winner of ISFM's Cattitude Photo Competition is announced

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.

BSAVA congress voucher winners drawn

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!

iCatCare and Ceva donate vehicle to help The Mayhew Animal Home

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

Diabetes Awareness Week

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.

World Spay Day 2015

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. 

ABCD & Merial Young Scientist Awards 2015: deadline extended

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.

iCatCare winter safety tips

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.

Keeping your cat safe this Bonfire Night

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. 

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