International Cat Care takes a considered stance on many current and often controversial cat health and welfare issues. We feel it is important that there is an accurate source of information, which can be referred to by concerned members of the public, members of the media, as well as those working with cats. We are currently up dating and adding to our position statements. More will be available soon.
Breeding of pedigree cats – first do no harm
International Cat Care understands that some people wish to own or breed pedigree cats – to be able to choose a cat with a certain look and perhaps certain behavioural characteristics. However International Cat Care wishes all breeders to act responsibility and to ensure that not harm is done to the health and welfare of cats.
Cats and toxoplasmosis
Toxoplasmosis refers to infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Cats are important in the lifecycle and transmission of this parasite and humans can also be infected. From time-to-time, headline and articles appear in the press implicating cats as the major source of infection in human disease. Unfortunately, such articles often misrepresent the true situation or fail to provide a full and balanced picture. This position statement is designed to provide a true and balanced understanding of cats and toxoplasmosis.
Declawing of cats
International Cat Care and its veterinary division the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) consider the declawing of cats for anything other than genuine therapeutic medical reasons to be an act of mutilation, and to be unethical. iCatCare and ISFM support the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Code of Conduct in calling for legislation to be passed wherever possible to prohibit the performance of non-therapeutic surgical procedures, including declawing.
Importance of microchipping
The accurate and permanent identification of pet cats is both important and desirable, and is an essential component of cats' welfare. Having this information is vital in reuniting cats with their owners should a cat ever stray, escape or get lost. This position statement outlines the importance of microchipping and addresses safety concerns.
‘Scruffing’ of a cat is a term used to describe restraining a cat by firmly gripping the loose skin at the back of the cat’s neck – this is sometimes accompanied by lifting the cat up or heavily restraining the cat in other ways. International Cat Care is against the use of scruffing as a method of restraint, because of the stress and distress it can cause to cats.
Future position statements:
- Vegetarian cats
- Experimentation on cats
- Early neutering
- Vaccination of cats