Behind the scenes: Christmas Cats Photography Competition judging

Following the success of our annual photography competitions – which have collectively attracted over 12,000 entries from across the globe – we decided to run a Christmas Cats Photography Competition during December to find images for our 2018 Charity Christmas Card Collection which will be sold to raise funds for our work in improving the health and welfare of cats worldwide.

Christmas Cats Photography Competition

Calling all lovers of cats and Christmas!

Following the success of our annual photography competitions we have decided to run a Christmas Cats Photography Competition – running from 1 December until 15 December 2017. 

We are searching for seasonal images of cats – whether they are out enjoying the snow, cuddled up and cozy inside or ‘feline’ festive (images of cats dressed up in Christmas clothing/accessories will not be accepted).

Veterinary Nurse launches 'keep cats alive – label lilies safely' petition

In 2015 we launched our ‘Lethal Lilies’ campaign to raise awareness of the danger lilies pose to cats.

Earlier this month Veterinary Nurse Carla Finzel created a campaign with a petition calling for lilies to be labelled with ‘lethal to cats’ stickers and for stores to display International Cat Care’s ‘Lethal Lilies’ poster.

Declawing ban unanimously passed in Denver

Earlier this year we called for the declawing of cats to be banned.

Along with our veterinary division the International Society of Feline Medicine we consider the declawing of cats for anything other than genuine therapeutic medical reasons to be an act of mutilation, and to be unethical. Although already illegal in many countries, this procedure is still a surprisingly common practice in some, where it is performed electively to stop cats from damaging furniture, or as a means of avoiding scratches.

Pet Industry Federation Awards – Charity of the Year Finalist

We are delighted to announce that International Cat Care has been shortlisted for ‘Charity of the Year’ at this year’s Pet Industry Federation Awards!

Sponsored by Mars Petcare the award is brand new for 2017 and recognises important achievements between the third sector and pet business.

iCatCare’s Development Director Shelley Gregory-Jones will be attending the awards dinner on Tuesday 28 November at Whittlebury Hall, Towcester, Northamptonshire.

iCatCare Patron Lord Black speaks out in UK Parliament against breeding for extreme conformation

Lord Black, iCatCare’s Patron, shares our concerns about breeding for extreme conformation, such as flat faced or brachycephalic breeds of both dog and cat, or for looks linked to genetic defects which can cause pain and suffering through the cat’s life and used the example of the Scottish Fold.

The RSPCA is working hard to ensure that curiosity doesn’t kill the cat

We all know that cats are curious creatures, famous for getting themselves stuck in perilous places. New figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in the UK support this: the charity receives more calls about cats in trouble than any other animal, and since the start of 2017, has been called to help 2,819 trapped cats.

Kedi – film review

Kedi (an Ottoman Turkish word for 'cat') - is a new documentary from Director Ceyda Torun. Stunningly filmed, it views the lives of 7 street cats living in Istanbul through the eyes of the local people who care for them.

ISFM comes of age – 21 years of making cats count

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) came of age in 2017. Launched in 1996, it has grown and developed and this year celebrates its 21st birthday. It was first brought to life as the European Society of Feline Medicine (ESFM) by its parent charity, then called the Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB), and became ISFM in 2010. FAB also underwent a metamorphosis to become International Cat Care in 2013.

It's not just humans who need protection from the sun – cats can get sunburned too

White or light coloured cats and breeds with a lack of fur, such as Sphynx cats, are more susceptible to sun damage due to a lack of melanin and protective hair. Cats who spend a lot of time outside are also at an increased risk and whilst any part of a cat can burn, areas with little hair cover, such as the ears, are most susceptible. 

New research helps to explain how cats conquered the world

The domestic cat is found on every continent apart from Antarctica. They are all descended from one species of wildcat: Felis silvestris lybica. How did they come to achieve such worldwide domination? New research published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution has tried to answer this question by mapping the spread of our feline friends across the globe using genetic data.