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.

Pet Subjects – Animal Tales from the Telegraph's resident vet by Pete Wedderburn

For ten years, Pete Wedderburn has been writing the Telegraph's monthly column on pets. He answers readers' questions on a wide range of pet ailments and behavioural issues drawing upon 25 years' veterinary experience - along with an evident enthusiasm for animals of all kinds. International Cat Care has known Pete for many years – and he regularly directs cat owners to our website for additional advice.

International Cat Care campaigns for better pain relief after neutering

International Cat Care’s veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine, recently ran a campaign aimed at vets to remind them that cats need pain relief after neutering. Cats are often their own worst enemies when it comes to pain because they hide it so successfully and giving treatment to manage pain can be overlooked.

Cat welfare award goes to Pei Su

International Cat Care was delighted to award Pei Su from ACTAsia with the International Cat Care Cat Welfare Award for 2017 during this year’s Ceva Animal Welfare Awards on 5th April in Birmingham. The Award recognises the charity teams, charity vets and staff and volunteers who do so much to improve animal welfare.

Photography competition launched to raise awareness of street cat plight

Budding photographers are invited to enter ‘Street Cats’, International Cat Care’s fifth annual photography competition – running from 1 April until 15 May 2017.

The charity is searching for images of street cats (also thought of as stray cats, feral cats or community cats) which capture the character of these amazing cats surviving without owners and reflect the reality of a life on the streets, in order to inspire change and raise awareness of the plight of street cats.