Keeping Cats Safe campaign

2016

SEPTEMBER CAMPAIGN – DIY products

DIY products – a danger to cats?

AUGUST CAMPAIGN – Weedkillers

Should you be wary of weedkillers if you have a cat?

JULY CAMPAIGN – Toxic foods 

Can cats be poisoned by human food? Find out here

JUNE CAMPAIGN – Detergents 

Detergents: keep them away from your cat!

MAY CAMPAIGN – Permethrin 

Getting flea treatments 'spot on'

APRIL CAMPAIGN – Microchipping

The importance of microchipping

MARCH CAMPAIGN – Collar injuries

Collars: injuries and correct use

FEBRUARY CAMPAIGN – Road traffic accidents

Reducing the risk of road traffic accidents 

JANUARY CAMPAIGN – Paracetamol poisoning in cats

Don’t give the cat your pills: paracetamol poisoning in cats

2015

DECEMBER CAMPAIGN – Christmas safety

Keeping your cat safe this Christmas

NOVEMBER CAMPAIGN – Antifreeze poisoning

Antifreeze poisoning in cats

Downloadable antifreeze poster

OCTOBER CAMPAIGN – Halloween and fireworks

Keeping your cat safe during Halloween and firework celebrations

Downloadable Halloween hazards and fireworks poster

SEPTEMBER CAMPAIGN – Lilies

Lilies – pretty but dangerous to cats!

Information for veterinary professionals

Downloadable lethal lilies warning poster

AUGUST CAMPAIGN – Foreign bodies

Foreign bodies – your cat ate what..?

Information for veterinary professionals

JULY CAMPAIGN – Disinfectants

Introduction to cats and poisons

Disinfectants – what you need to know 

Disinfectant case studies 

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

Your stories

Has your cat ever been poisoned?
Has it ever been affected by antifreeze, permethrin, lilies or another toxic substance? Has your cat ever ingested a foreign body? Have they ever been lost before – if so how were you reunited? Have they ever sustained an injury from a collar?

If you can answer 'yes' to any of these questions, we would love to hear from you. Your experience could help other cat owners keep their cats safe.

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Every year we hear shocking and distressing cases of cats being taken to the vets due to accidental posionings and injuries that happen in the apparent 'safety' of their own home or garden. Some cats will survive especially if they receive veterinary treatment immediately, but for many others the outcome is not so good. 

International Cat Care new 'Keeping Cats Safe' campaign will highlight the dangers that lurk in and around the home. We will be looking at household products which are toxic to cats (eg, lilies, disinfectants, paracetomol), cats eating strange things (eg, needles, rubber bands, wool) and accidental injuries (eg, from collars, falls, road traffic accidents). 

The key message of the campaign is that prevention is better than cure and we hope that the campaign will spread widely to help prevent needless suffering and promote faster recognition and treatment following poisoning or injury. 

We will be offering advice on how to minimise the risks, how to recognise the signs of poisoning/injury and what to do. For veterinary professionals, we will also be providing in depth advice on clinical signs, treatment and prognosis. 

>More about the campaign

Other topics of interest

Electrical Safety for Pets

Electrical Safety First have recently produced some tips on electrical fire safety in the home for pet owners, which International Cat Care want to share. According to research conducted by Electrical Safety First, around 60,000 people in the UK have lost pets in electrical fires. To help keep pets safe, they have shared these tips:

  • Make sure that plug sockets are not overloaded – if too many appliances draw power from one socket, it can overheat and catch fire.
  • Never leave washing machines or dishwashers running when you are out of the house or asleep.
  • Don’t plug a mobile phone in to charge and then forget about it.
  • Check that plugs, sockets, lights and cables are not damaged or displaying burn marks.
  • Don’t leave a portable heater unattended when excitable pets are running around the house!
  • Don’t leave cables trailing – as well as being a trip hazard, they might be too good to resist for a pet looking for something to chew on.
  • Don’t store anything that could easily catch fire on top of the microwave or near your fusebox or electricity meter.
  • Use our online product checker to make sure that none of the electrical appliances in your home have been recalled. Visit www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/recall

Find out more at www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guides-and-advice/for-pets/