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.
As part of the 'Halloween hazards and fireworks' topic of the Keeping Cats Safe Campaign, the team at iCatCare have produced a FREE downloadable poster, listing advice for cat owners on how to keep their cats safe.
The eye-catching poster lists advice and tops on how best to keep cats calm, happy and safe from:
As part of its Keeping Cats Safe campaign, International Cat Care (iCatCare) is alerting cat owners to the dangers that exist for cats during Halloween celebrations and Bonfire Night – from the stress caused by fireworks, to the dangers of cats chewing glow sticks.
This year's iCatCare Easy to Give awards have been announced at the charity's annual awards ceremony in London.
The 2015 winners are Prinovox from Virbac, Loxicom from Norbrook and two awards for products from Ceva Animal Health – for Vectra Felis and for Zodon. These companies will be granted the use of the Easy to Give logo on advertising to the veterinary world.
To celebrate International Cat Care being one of three charities to be supported by the 2015 Vet Charity Challenge, we have been looking for a team to proudly walk, run, cycle and kayak in the name of iCatCare and ISFM (International Society of Feline Medicine, the charity's veterinary division). We asked our ISFM members and Dacre House Veterinary Clinic took up the challenge.
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.