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The Complete Cat: a unique and exciting exhibition of feline art 

 

This winter, a unique and exciting exhibition of feline art will be held in the vibrant and artistic town of Frome in Somerset. 'The Complete Cat' brings together 26 top artists from the Society of Feline Artists (SOFA) and will feature over 120 artworks including paintings, drawings and 3-dimensional pieces.All artworks are for sale and a quarter of the proceeds will be donated to feline charity International Cat Care.

Vets from across the globe declare their support for cats

Vets from all over the world have shown their support for an innovative strategy to improve feline welfare.
 
The ‘International Declaration of Responsibilities to Cats’, developed by International Cat Care, unites all the different entities responsible for feline welfare, from owners to governments. This document outlines how each of these individual bodies can play their part to protect and improve feline welfare, and crucially, the ways in which they can work together to make a change. Real progress can only happen if a cooperative and coordinated approach is taken.

ISFM European congress huge hit in sunny Sorrento

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) welcomed over 500 vets from 35 countries to its Feline Veterinary Congress in the beautiful town of Sorrento, on Italy’s famous Amalfi coast.

Early anniversary present for JFMS

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) is celebrating the news of the latest impact factor for its flagship veterinary journal, the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS). Announced last week by Clarivate Analytics, which compiles the Journal Citations Reports (JCR) for over 11,500 journals, spanning more than 230 disciplines and 2.2 million scholarly articles, the 2017 impact factor has risen to 1.466, up from 1.131 in the previous year. The news has come as the ISFM, together with its veterinary journals’ publishing partners, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and SAGE Publishing, are preparing to mark the journal’s 20th anniversary in 2019. The impact factor is the journal’s highest since 2010, and the second highest since 2004, the year that JFMS first recorded an impact factor. It moves JFMS up the journal rankings in the JCR Veterinary Sciences list, where it currently enjoys a position of 42 out of 140 journals.

Special Award goes to MDC Exports

As part of its 60th birthday celebrations, International Cat Care presented a special award to Melvyn Driver of MDC Exports for ‘Innovations in Humane Cat Population Management’. Presented at the charity’s Annual Awards ceremony at Church House in London on 13th July, the charity wanted to recognise the huge impact which MDC Exports’ products have made in facilitating humane Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) projects internationally, with their range of cat traps, cat restrainers and cat transfer baskets.

International Cat Care recognises companies with cat commitment

At its Annual Awards ceremony at Church House in London on 13th July, International Cat Care (iCatCare) made special recognition to those companies and individuals which have made a real difference to cats in the past twelve months. This included the presentation of four new ‘Easy to Give’ awards and three new ‘Cat Friendly’ awards. 

Veterinary nurses recognised for educational excellence

International Cat Care (iCatCare) alongside its veterinary division the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) was delighted to announce the winners of its ISFM Distance Education Awards for nurses at its prestigious Annual Awards ceremony in London on 13th July.

International Cat Care celebrates 60th birthday at its Annual Awards

International Cat Care’s Annual Award Ceremony took place at the prestigious Church House in Westminster, London on 13thJuly. The annual event celebrates the achievements of the charity and plays homage to those individuals and companies who have shown a real commitment and dedication to improving the health and welfare of cats.

Kittens on camera: adorable ‘Kittenhood’ winners announced

International Cat Care (iCatCare) is delighted to announce the twelve stunning winners of its annual photography competition. Each year iCatCare runs the competition to celebrate fantastic images of felines, the winners of which feature in the charity’s 2019 fundraising calendar.

International welfare initiative receives worldwide support

A huge number of people have shown their support for the International Declaration of Responsibilities to Cats by adding their signature to it, and to date, the Declaration has gathered over 21,000 signatures from people in an astounding 108 countries. This shows just how many people care about cats, want their welfare to be improved, and believe in a collaborative approach to achieve this.

Kittenhood: capture a kitten on camera for charity photo competition

If there’s one thing the internet loves, it is kittens and this year feline charity International Cat Care (iCatCare) is searching for photos of kittens for its annual photography competition. With the brand-new theme of ‘Kittenhood’ the charity is inviting both amateur and professional photographers from across the globe to enter images of adorable newborns and curious kittens (up to six months of age) – whether they’re snoozing, playing, or just looking irresistibly cute.

Winner of iCatCare Welfare Award announced

Every year, as part of the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards, International Cat Care (iCatCare) recognises outstanding contributions to feline welfare with the International Cat Care Welfare Award. This award recognises individuals who are working on all levels, from hands-on welfare to collaborative work with governments and non-governmental organisations, to try to bring a cohesive approach to cat welfare. At this year’s award ceremony in Birmingham on 4 April, Maria Pinto Teixeira, founder and CEO of the animal welfare organisation Animais de Rua, in Portugal, received the iCatCare’s award.

New cat handling videos

International Cat Care, in partnership with Ceva, launched a series of cat handling videos at this year’s BSAVA Congress. The comprehensive set of videos, which detail best practice handling techniques and approaches, is designed to reduce stress for cats and improve safety in vet clinics, and also to help build a bond between owners and cats at home. 

CatCare for Life launches at BSAVA

International Cat Care and its veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), were delighted to launch a new programme at BSAVA Congress. Entitled CatCareforLife, it is a blueprint for how a clinic and owner can work together to keep cats healthy and encourage veterinary visits. The programme is provided in partnership with IDEXX and Royal Canin, global leaders in veterinary diagnostics and cat nutrition.

Putting the fun into fundraising – iCatCare’s Cat Cocktail Parties!

International Cat Care (iCatCare), as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, is launching a fun new way supporters can raise money for the charity; by holding a Cat Cocktail Party! The idea is simple and fun – invite friends, family, colleagues or clients for cocktails and collect donations for iCatCare, to help celebrate the charity’s diamond anniversary year. However, these are not just any cocktails – these are cat-themed cocktails, and iCatCare has come up with nine (for cats’ nine lives) fabulous feline versions of classic cocktails – from the ‘Mogito’ to the ‘Pawstar Martini’.

International Cat Care reaches 1000 Cat Friendly Clinics

In 2012, International Cat Care launched a project to raise the standard of feline care in the veterinary clinic: the ‘Cat Friendly Clinic’ programme. One of the main aims of this accreditation scheme is to reduce the stress experienced by many cats (and consequently their owners) when visiting clinics. In order to be accredited as a Cat Friendly Clinic, a clinic must not only meet high standards of cat care in terms of facilities and equipment, but staff must also demonstrate an understanding of the needs and behaviour of cats and put in place measures to ensure that visits to the clinic are more cat-friendly.

Leave out lilies this Valentine’s Day

Whether you’ve been with your partner for decades or you’ve only just started dating, finding the perfect Valentine’s gift can be difficult, and with Valentine’s Day fast approaching you may be tempted to go for the ‘safe’ option of flowers. Present your loved one with a beautiful bouquet and they’re sure to be impressed, right? Not if they own a cat and you’ve chosen lilies… This Valentine’s Day feline charity International Cat Care, (iCatCare) is urging people to leave out lilies if their loved one has a cat.

iCatCare launches International Declaration of Responsibilities to Cats

Life is tough for many cats all over the world. Those that are unowned can struggle to survive on the streets, and may face inhumane methods of population control. For pet cats, welfare issues arise when people do not understand or fulfil their needs, or when veterinary care is not as good as it could be. Human desire to create certain looks for cats through breeding has resulted in cats suffering with serious health problems. These are just a few examples of the many ways in which cat welfare needs to be improved.

Blazing the trail for cats - International Cat Care turns 60

2018 marks the 60-year anniversary of International Cat Care, previously known as the Feline Advisory Bureau, a charity working towards a vision that all cats, owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion and understanding. Sixty years ago almost nothing was known about cat diseases, and feline medicine was greatly neglected. In 1958, one woman decided that the suffering of cats due to lack of knowledge could no longer be tolerated. Joan Judd, a cat lover and breeder, believed that an organisation should be set up to fund research into feline health, and form a platform for exchange of information and veterinary medical studies. Thus, she founded the Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB).

An ISFM double for vets and nurses at BSAVA 2018


The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) is holding two feline symposia ahead of the 2018 BSAVA Congress – its regular and ever-popular programme for veterinary practitioners and, back by popular demand after its debut year in 2017, a programme specifically for veterinary nurses.

New Cat Friendly Clinic website is launched


The International Cat Care is delighted to announce the launch of a new website for its increasingly popular Cat Friendly Clinic programme. The new website – catfriendlyclinic.org – provides an easy to navigate hub for both owners wanting to find a Cat Friendly Clinic and veterinary professionals wanting to learn more about becoming cat friendly.

iCatCare Annual Awards celebrate cat innovations and achievements

International Cat Care (iCatCare) hosted its Annual Awards ceremony at Kensington Roof Gardens in London on 14th July, where it celebrated the companies and individuals which have made a real difference to cats in the last twelve months. This included the presentation of four new ‘Easy to Give’ awards (plus two for product updates) and five new ‘Cat Friendly’ awards.

Stunning ‘Street Cats’ photography competition winners announced

International Cat Care (iCatCare) is delighted to announced the winners of its 2017 ‘Street Cats’ photography competition which will feature in the charity’s 2018 calendar.

Congratulations go to the following photographers: Jonas Chan (Hong Kong), Mei Catherall (UK), Chi Keung Wong (Hong Kong), Rachel Hunter (UK), Catan Ngan (Hong Kong), Seyed Mohammad Fallah Firouzkouhi (UK), Christine Lam Ying Loi (Hong Kong), Igor Taranenko (Ukraine), Tulyawat Mahawong (Thailand) and Heiko Damme (Germany).

iCatCare Distance Education Award Winners 2017

International Cat Care (iCatCare) alongside its veterinary division the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) was delighted to announce the winners of its ISFM Distance Education Awards for nurses at its prestigious Annual Awards ceremony in London on 14th July. 

The 'Recognition of Achievement' awards, sponsored by Royal Canin, are presented to the students who have gained the highest level of attainment on the charity’s distance education courses, as a way of rewarding their exceptional hard work and dedication.

Dr Mark Peterson recognised for his outstanding contributions to feline medicine

 

Every year the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) and Hill’s Pet Nutrition jointly make an award to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to advancing our understanding and management of feline disease.

This year the award was presented to Dr Mark Peterson at the ISFM World Feline Veterinary Congress in Brighton, where Dr Peterson was also the keynote endocrinology speaker.

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.

10,000 nurses learn about cats

International Cat Care’s veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), is delighted to announce that its nurse and technician membership has reached 10,000 nurses worldwide from 72 different countries. Membership is free and provides nurses with the monthly online Feline Focus journal and a monthly webinar which can be watched live or viewed as a recording.

ISFM heads to Phuket for three days of feline medicine


The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) is holding its 2017 Asia-Pacific Feline Congress on the wonderful Thai island of Phuket. Taking place over three days – 7–9 November 2017 – the congress is being run in partnership with the Centre for Veterinary Education at the University of Sydney and with the support of the Thai Society of Feline Practitioners, and hopes to attract delegates from across Asia as well as non-Asian delegates aiming to mix CPD with a break in a beautiful venue.

International Cat Care welcomes two new colleagues


International Cat Care (iCatCare’s) mission is to engage, educate and empower people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion. The charity’s small but dedicated team has been expanding, and iCatCare are delighted to welcome two new members of staff: Ginette Bryant, who joins the Business department, and Sarah Endersby, who joins the Veterinary department.

University of Bristol Feline Elective prize-giving


Eight final year veterinary students are celebrating after completing the University of Bristol’s three-week Feline Elective Course which took place at Langford Veterinary Services’ Feline Centre. The students all spent time in the Feline Centre where they attended a variety of seminars with guest speakers and produced a case report on an interesting feline patient they had seen. The students also visited a large Cats Protection shelter to learn first-hand about shelter medicine. It was a great experience for both students and clinicians.

Cat Welfare Award recognises Pei Su from ACTAsia


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.

Charities unite to highlight brachy health issues in cats and rabbits; it’s not just dogs we need to worry about

In recent months the issue of health problems in short-faced or brachycephalic dogs has been highlighted to the public, in the media and following high profile events like this year’s Crufts. This week however, three major animal welfare charities have united to send the message that this problem is not limited to dogs alone.

International Cat Care (iCatCare), the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) and the RSPCA have come together to raise awareness that breeding cats and rabbits with exaggerated flat faces can cause health and welfare problems, as in dogs. 

‘Optimising recovery in feline anaesthesia’ webinar attracts record numbers

A free webinar for veterinary nurses and technicians, run as part of the International Society of Feline Medicine's free nursing membership, attracted a record number of attendees. Nearly 2,000 registrants signed up to watch ‘Optimising recovery in feline anaesthesia' an hour-long webinar presented by Sam McMillan (BSc(Hons) VTS(Anaesthesia/Analgesia) DipAVN(Medical) RVN) on February 15th and supported by Ceva, making it ISFM’s most popular nurse webinar to date.

Keep calm and measure cats’ blood pressure!

A decade ago, an Editorial in The Lancet, ‘Hypertension: uncontrolled and conquering the world’, presented some alarming facts: the risk of becoming hypertensive during a lifetime exceeds 90% for people in developed countries, with over 1.5 billion adults expected to have hypertension by 2025. It continued: ‘screening is not done systematically, and the diagnosis is often made at a late stage when target organ damage has already happened’.

Feeding plan to improve cat health and welfare

Experts at the charity International Cat Care have recently developed a feeding plan, based on scientific evidence, to help mimic the way cats eat in the wild and so provide both physical and mental stimulation for cats. The plan encourages cats to hunt, explore, climb and play – activities which boost cats’ positive behaviour and wellbeing. 

Be aware of cats suffering for a ‘designer look’

Cat charity International Cat Care is delighted that the Mail on Sunday has raised the issue of so-called ‘designer’ cats, in this case the short legged Munchkin, and highlighted health issues associated with the breed, which include back and joint problems, and pain. 

Developing Cattitude Course

International Cat Care is aiming for 2017 to be the most cat-friendly year so far – so why not consider a fresh approach for the new year and get your team involved with the Developing Cattitude course.

In collaboration with International Cat Care (iCatCare) and working with Martha Cannon from The Oxford Cat Clinic, Onswitch launched Developing Cattitude in 2015, which demonstrates practical ways in which your practice can become truly cat friendly. 

Make a change for 2017 by becoming a Cat Friendly Clinic

With a new year upon us, many of us make resolutions to help improve our lives. One resolution which the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) is hoping veterinary clinics will make is to improve the lives of cats by becoming more cat friendly.

Mounting evidence to prove that flat-faced cat breeds are suffering

There is growing evidence to show that flat-faced or brachycephalic cats (picture 1), including most modern Persians or Exotic Shorthairs, are suffering from a number of health problems, leading to lifelong suffering as a direct result of being 'designed' to have a very flat face. This includes breathing problems, eye inflammation, skin infections and difficulty eating.

Cat Friendly Clinic wins Innovation Award

International Cat Care (iCatCare) has been announced as the 2016 winner of the Veterinary Record Innovation Award for its Cat Friendly Clinic (CFC) programme. This prestigious annual award is presented to individuals, or veterinary teams, whose innovation has brought about a change or improvement in any aspect of veterinary practice.

'Cats deserve pain relief too' webinar attracts record number of attendees

A free webinar for veterinary professionals, being run as part of the International Society of Feline Medicine's campaign for all cats to receive post-neutering pain relief, attracted a record number of attendees. Nearly 3,000 registrants signed up to watch 'Neutering in practice: are your anaesthesia, analgesia and surgical protocols up to scratch?' an hour-long webinar presented by David Yates (Manchester RSPCA) and Jo Murrell (Reader in Veterinary Anaesthesia, Bristol University, UK), and supported by Boehringer Ingelheim.

Food puzzles enhance cat wellbeing

Greater understanding of the importance of environmental enrichment in enhancing an animal’s physical and social environment is bringing benefits for pet cats – particularly those that are kept solely indoors.

Weedkiller advice for cat owners

With the summer here, now is the perfect time to get outdoors! Many of us spend this time of year enjoying and maintaining our gardens, which may include putting down weedkillers to keep our lawns in tip-top condition. However, what you might not know is that these products and the herbicidal compounds that they contain, can be harmful, even fatal, to cats. 

As part of the charity International Cat Care’s Keeping Cats Safe campaign, the danger to cats from weedkiller products is being highlighted in the month of August. 

Cats deserve pain relief too

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) is launching a new campaign highlighting the need for all cats to receive post-neutering pain relief. The campaign – Cats deserve pain relief too – has been prompted by a recent study(1) which revealed that perioperative analgesia following neutering was only given to 33% of cats compared with 75% of dogs, a statistic which ISFM is very keen to change.

An artistic treat for cat lovers and supporters of iCatCare

A unique art exhibition 'The Hidden Paw' is bringing together a stunning collection of paintings depicting cats, from a well-known selection of artists, with funds from sales going towards the work of the charity International Cat Care (iCatCare).

The exhibition is being held at the prestigious Fosse Gallery in Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire from 4th – 24th September, who have chosen to show their support for iCatCare by donating 10% of the profits from the exhibition sales to the charity.

International Cat Care Distance Education Award Winners 2016


At an awards ceremony at Kensington Roof Gardens in London on July 15, International Cat Care (iCatCare) and its veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), presented four Distance Education Awards to the top students on its nursing and cat professional courses. 

The 'Recognition of Achievement' awards are presented to the students who have gained the highest level of attainment on each of these courses, as a way of rewarding their exceptional hard work and dedication.

ISFM European Congress brings 36 nations together

The International Society of Feline Medicine’s European Congress took place recently on the gorgeous Mediterranean island of Malta from the 29th June – 3rd July 2016. Over 400 attendees from 36 countries, including North America, Australia and Japan attended the 5-day feline conference at the Hilton Hotel in Portomaso.

What does a healthy ageing cat look like?

Just as improved diet and medical care have resulted in increased life expectancy in humans, advances in nutrition and veterinary care have increased the life span of pet cats. The result is a growing population of ageing cats; in the USA, for example, it is estimated that 20% of pet cats are 11 years of age or older.

Human foods with toxic consequences for your cat

Most pet owners are aware that certain human foods are toxic to dogs, but there are many more who will not be aware that cats too can be poisoned by foods commonly found in our homes.

As part of the charity International Cat Care’s Keeping Cats Safe campaign, the danger to cats from certain household foods is being highlighted.

Summer feline CPD seminars set to start

The International Society of Feline Medicine has teamed up with Boehringer Ingelheim to offer a series of evening seminars on feline diabetes mellitus and pain recognition and management in cats.

Costing just £15 each, the evening seminars are being run at a number of venues in the UK.  Starting at 7.00pm, the evenings will consist of two 45-minute talks, hot food and drinks, and a CPD certificate of attendance.

In the pink: Bristol feline elective students

This year's University of Bristol Feline Elective ran for three weeks in Langford Veterinary Services’ Feline Centre. The seven final year veterinary students all spent time in the Feline Centre, attended a variety of seminars with guest speakers and produced a case report on an interesting feline patient they had seen. The students also visited a large Cats Protection shelter to learn first hand about shelter medicine.

Learn how to ‘think cat’ with two new feline behaviour courses

 

International Cat Care (iCatCare) and its veterinary division the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) are launching two new behaviour courses, one aimed at cat owners and those working with cats in non-veterinary professions, and the other specifically for the veterinary profession.

Unique opportunity to enjoy a day of people, cats and vets through history

To celebrate his love of cats, this year Dr Bradley Viner, as Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) President and Vice-President of International Cat Care, has got together a unique group of organisations and speakers to discuss the historical relationship between humans and cats. 

The day, titled ‘People, cats and vets through history’, will be held in the RCVS Council Chamber at Horseferry Road in London on Friday 10 June and will bring together the RCVS, RCVS Knowledge, International Cat Care, the Veterinary History Society and the Central Veterinary Society.

ISFM launches new guide on feline stress and health

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) has launched a brand new guide on feline stress and health to help veterinary professionals better understand, prevent and manage stress and distress in cats.

Chronic kidney disease in cats – expert guidance on a quality of life issue

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common, complex and progressive disease that is estimated to affect more than a third of cats over 10 years of age. Affected cats often present with a variety of clinical signs and complications including inappetence, nausea, vomiting, anaemia, hypertension and urinary tract infections – as such, the disease can severely compromise quality of life if inadequately managed.

Secret life of your cat

International Cat Care is pleased to release details of an exclusive evening with Dr Sarah Ellis, feline behaviour specialist from the very popular BBC2 Horizon television programmes ‘The Secret Lives of Cats’ and ‘Cat Watch 2014’ and, more recently, from this week’s BBC2 ‘Cats v Dogs’ programme with Chris Packham and Liz Bonnin,
to talk all things cat!

Second chance to register for ISFM's sellout January webinar

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) has had an unprecedented response to its new series of webinars for vets, with one of the two January webinars fully booked, having already attracted 1,000 registrants. 
 
As part of its ‘Super CPD January’, ISFM is offering two free webinars during this month to kick-start its new series of monthly webinars for vets, part of a new initiative from

New veterinary webinars from ISFM

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) is dedicated to providing easily accessible and relevant continuing education for vets and nurses. Following the success of free webinars for ISFM nursing members (see www.icatcare.org/nurses), ISFM is now launching monthly webinars for vets from January 2016.

Use of antivirals in retrovirus-infected cats

A number of antiviral drugs are licensed and widely used for the treatment of specific viral infections in humans. Potential new agents are also being investigated that it is hoped will overcome limitations of the current options, which include a narrow antiviral spectrum, ineffectiveness against latent virus infections, development of drug-resistance and toxic side effects.

Antifreeze advice for cat owners

As winter approaches, leading cat charity International Cat Care (iCatCare) is keen to warn cat owners about the dangers of antifreeze. Ethylene glycol, otherwise known as antifreeze, is a chemical commonly used during the winter to prevent freezing, but for cats this chemical is deadly, and as part of its Keeping Cats Safe campaign, iCatCare has produced important safety advice for owners.

iCatCare presents ‘Easy to Give’ and ‘Cat Friendly’ Awards 2015

At an awards ceremony at Kensington Roof Gardens in London on September 11, International Cat Care presented four new ‘Easy to Give’ awards and three ‘Cat Friendly’ awards.

The Easy to Give award was created to reward pharmaceutical companies whose products are easy to administer to cats. Previous examples have included drugs in a highly palatable form, smaller tablets, longer lasting preparations or those with an easier mode of administration.

iCatCare Distance Education Award Winners 2015

At an awards ceremony at Kensington Roof Gardens in London on September 11, International Cat Care (iCatCare) and its veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), presented three Distance Education Awards to the top students on its nursing and cat professional courses.

iCatCare launches stunning new cat calendar for 2016

At its annual awards ceremony at Kensington Roof Gardens in London on September 11, International Cat Care (iCatCare) launched its stunning new charity calendar for 2016. The calendar, aptly named ‘The Beauty of Cats’ features the 12 winning entries from this year’s iCatCare photography competition.

Lucky escape for 'yellow' cat

Haggis, a striking Maine Coon cat, had a very lucky escape from lily poisoning after brushing up against a bouquet of lilies, the pollen from which turned his white fur yellow. Had Haggis begun to groom the pollen from his fur, he would almost certainly have suffered kidney damage and may have died.

Your cat ate what?!

It is often assumed that only dogs eat anything and everything, however, when leading cat charity International Cat Care carried out a recent survey of vets, many of them had treated cats which had eaten something they shouldn’t have, and required treatment to remove it.

Feral street cat wins ‘Beauty of Cats’ photography competition

A photograph of a Hong Kong street cat, affectionately known as 'Shy', has taken first place in the 2015 'The Beauty of Cats' photography competition.

The cat charity International Cat Care, who run the competition, this week revealed all 12 winning photographs which will now feature in the charity's brand new 2016 calendar – with Shy on the cover as the overall winner.

Dangerous disinfectants – how cleaning your patio could put your cat in danger

With the summer here, many of us will be spending more time outdoors, enjoying and sprucing up our gardens. However, before you clean your patio, think carefully if you own a cat. Many patio cleaners contain benzalkonium chloride, a chemical that can be toxic to cats, with exposed cats potentially suffering severe reactions and even occasionally death. 

ISFM/Hill’s Award goes to Karen Moriello

Karen Moriello, DVM DipACVD, has been presented with the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM)/Hill’s Pet Nutrition Award for Outstanding Contributions to Feline Medicine at the ISFM European Congress in Porto, Portugal, at the beginning of July.

Veterinary practices embrace ‘Cattitude’ and reap rewards

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.

New ISFM Course Teaches Can-Do Cattitude

They say that new skills are best learned by first seeing, then doing. That’s exactly what the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), the veterinary division of cat charity International Cat Care, is aiming to do with its new cat and client skills training programme. “Developing Cattitude: A Feline-Friendly Approach to Cats and Their Owners” has been launched to help veterinary practices in developing a sensitive approach to cat handling, essential to the ISFM Cat Friendly Clinic programme, as well as delivering a five-star service to cat owners.

High-pitched sounds cause seizures in old cats


When the charity International Cat Care asked veterinary neurologists at Davies Veterinary Specialists, UK, for help with several enquiries it had received regarding cats having seizures, seemingly in response to certain high-pitched sounds, the answer was that the problem was not documented and little, if anything, was known about it.

ISFM finds great ‘cattitude’ at BSAVA Congress

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) has returned from this year’s BSAVA Congress delighted by the amount of great ‘cattitude’ it experienced from Congress attendees. Both vets and nurses flocked to the ISFM stand keen to find out more about the new look Cat Friendly Clinic programme. In fact during Congress, the charity experienced a record number of online applications from clinics hoping to gain accreditation.

Brigita wins International Cat Care/Ceva Welfare Award

The winner of the 2015 International/Ceva Cat Welfare award is Brigita Kymantaitė from the Lithuanian charity PIFAS. The award was given out at the Ceva Awards for Animal Welfare 2015 at the Burlington Hotel in Birmingham on April 8.

Brigita trained originally in the police service legal department, but wanted to improve the welfare of animals in Lithuania. She set up PIFAS in 2006. 

Cats relax to the sound of music

It is widely accepted that, in humans, music confers numerous benefits. An extensive body of research indicates that these benefits extend even to patients under general anaesthesia, and include reduced perceived pain, anxiety and stress.  

New look and support materials for Cat Friendly Clinic to be premiered at BSAVA

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), the veterinary division of leading cat charity International Cat Care, will unveil a new look and a raft of new support materials for its Cat Friendly Clinic programme at the British Small Animal Veterinary Congress in April. The new materials, developed in response to feedback from veterinary practices across the UK, will help interested clinics to gain accreditation, or already-accredited clinics to raise their profile to the cat-owning public.

ISFM invests in nurses to improve cat care

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) is fast becoming the focus for veterinary nurses interested in improving their cat care. 90 nurses start ISFM’s distance learning Certificate and Diploma level nursing courses in February, with a second tranche in September. They will join over 400 from 17 countries who have already achieved or are currently undertaking these qualifications and aim to wear their ISFM badge with post nominals (DipFN or CertFN) with pride. 

Vets4Pets and Companion Care vet group become ISFM practice members

International Cat Care is delighted to announce an agreement reached with the Vets4Pets and Companion Care vet group for all existing 308 practices, and all future practices as they open, to become practice members of ISFM, reflecting their developing interest in feline medicine.

Cat savvy nurses lap up new nursing membership

In the two months since it was launched, the International Society of Feline Medicine’s (ISFM) brand new membership for nurses and technicians, has attracted over 2,000 members from across the world.

WSAVA endorses International Cat Care website

In recognition of the difficulty of finding an online resource that gives cat owners reliable and valid information on cat care, health and behaviour, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has endorsed International Cat Care’s website information for owners (www.icatcare.org/advice).

Don’t miss feline medicine in Porto

In 2015 the International Society of Feline Medicine’s congress will be at the beginning of July (1st – 5th) in the beautiful old city of Porto in Portugal.

Feline dentistry – fear not, help is at hand!

Cat dentals fill you with dread? Fear not, help is at hand!

A survey published this year found that over 50% of final year veterinary students in the UK do not feel confident either in discussing orodental problems with clients or in performing a detailed examination of the oral cavity of their small animal patients.1 Once in practice, things don’t always improve and, anecdotally, it seems many vets dread feline dental procedures.

Keep your cats safe on Bonfire Night

International Cat Care is highlighting the findings of Agria Pet Insurance, one of the charity’s key supporters, who have revealed that an alarming 22% more cats are reported missing on Bonfire Night than on any other night of the year. 

Famous cat expert comes to Tisbury to ‘talk cat’

International Cat Care, the Tisbury-based cat charity, is holding a fascinating cat evening ‘If cats could talk’ presented by acclaimed cat behaviourist, Vicky Halls on Friday 14th November in Tisbury.

Cat Group publishes Cats and the Law

The Cat Group, the collaborative group of animal charities and organisations working on cat health and welfare, has published a new booklet entitled 'Cats and the Law - a plain English guide'.

Easy to Give and Cat Friendly Awards 2014

At an awards ceremony at Kensington Roof Gardens in London on September 12, International Cat Care presented three new ‘Easy to Give’ awards and four ‘Cat Friendly’ awards.

The Easy to Give award was created to reward pharmaceutical companies whose products are easy to administer to cats. Previous examples have included drugs in a highly palatable form, smaller tablets, longer lasting preparations or those with an easier mode of administration.

Distance Learning Award Winners 2014

UK feline charity, International Cat Care and its veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), has announced the 2014 winners of its Distance Learning Courses. The top students were honoured at a special awards ceremony at Kensington Roof Gardens, London.

ISFM/Hill's Award goes to Tony Buffington

Tony Buffington, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVN, was presented with the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM)/Hill’s Pet Nutrition Award for outstanding contributions to feline medicine at the ISFM’s European Congress held in Riga, Latvia, in June. 

Professor Buffington was a keynote speaker at the congress which was attended by 398 vets from 32 countries. During the event he presented eight informative lectures on Pandora syndrome, nutraceuticals and environmental enrichment, as well as leading a masterclass on nutrition.

Cat weekend in Windsor

Windsor will be the venue for two consecutive feline conferences - the International Cat Care Conference on Saturday, September 27, followed by The Cat Group Conference on Sunday, September 28.

An end to accidental poisoning in cats?

Yesterday, on the same day that PDSA vets joined International Cat Care in warning of a 'cat-astrophe' as thousands of pet owners are mistakenly poisoning their cats by applying the wrong flea products, pet product manufacturer Bob Martin announced that it has made the decision to move its permethrin-containing spot on-animal flea treatments out of general sales and into restricted sales only. By doing this, anyone who wishes to buy such a product will have to obtain it through a vet, a pharmacist or other suitably qualified person, enabling advice to be given at the point of sale about dangers to cats.

Race for cats spans England successfully

To celebrate 50 years in practice, Ed Shillabeer, a vet from the Harwell Veterinary Group, completed the equivalent of 10 marathons in a week by racewalking over 250 miles from his home town in Plymouth, to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in London, to raise funds for International Cat Care. The ‘Race for Cats’, which was supported by Ceva, started in Plymouth on 28 June and was completed, despite a sprained ankle, at the RCVS in London on 4 July.

ISFM delegates enjoy cat topics in Riga

Nearly 400 participants partook of the quality mix of feline neurology, behaviour and surgery at ISFM’s European Congress held in Riga, the capital of Latvia, on June 18–22.

Support Ed’s racewalk!

Ed Shillabeer, a practitioner from Peverell, Plymouth, will be walking from Plymouth to London in late June (June 28–July 4) to raise funds for International Cat Care. This 'Race for cats' is supported by Ceva.

Ed's route will include Exeter, Taunton, Langford, the iCatCare headquarters in Tisbury, Kingsclere, the Amersham headquarters of Ceva, and finish in London.

Cats for all seasons – photography competition

A great opportunity to share your favourite feline photographs with other cat lovers and to help cats everywhere! International Cat Care, in conjunction with Your Cat and Digital Photographer magazines is looking for beautiful images of cats to feature in a 2015 calendar that will be sold to raise funds for the charity’s cat welfare work. The competition will be launched on May 1.

CFC application goes online

Practices can now apply for their International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) Cat Friendly Clinic (CFC) accreditation online. The scheme is run in partnership with Purina in Europe.

Previously a printed application form had to be completed and sent to the charity's headquarters.

New cat welfare award goes to Agnès Dufau


Agnès Dufau receiving her award from the Gemfe President Diego Esteban, with Ceva representatives.
Left to right: Alex Martino, Agnès Dufau, Diego Esteban, Sandra Castillo

ISFM Congress gets glamorous in Riga

Feline neurology and feline behaviour will be the themes of the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) Veterinary Congress in Riga, Latvia (June 18-22) sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Ceva, Merial, Novartis and Virbac.

International feline charity launches new individual cat welfare award

Feline charity, International Cat Care is presenting new awards to recognise individuals’ outstanding contributions to the welfare of cats.

This year the awards will be presented to David Yates and Melvin Driver who have both contributed hugely to the management of unowned cat populations.

International Cat Care and CEVA team up for welfare award

Feline charity, International Cat Care and CEVA, the global veterinary health company, have teamed up this year to launch a brand new welfare award.

The CEVA Animal Health Welfare Awards are in their third year of existence and were created to formally recognise volunteers, charity workers and veterinary professionals who have all demonstrated outstanding commitment to supporting and improving animal welfare globally. 

ISFM takes a stand on welfare of unowned cats

Long-term confinement is not a humane option for the control of feral and stray or abandoned cat populations, according to new guidelines issued by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) in its Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

According to the society, which is the veterinary division of the charity International Cat Care, culling to control cat populations is also rarely effective or acceptable, whereas trap–neuter–return programmes and rehoming (in appropriate cases) can offer effective and humane solutions, but need to be properly managed and targeted.

Dog flea treatments killing cats, warns charity

Feline welfare charity International Cat Care is warning cat owners not to use dog flea treatments on their cats after a spate of deaths reported by UK vets.

The deaths are due to the insecticide permethrin, commonly found in dog spot-on treatments, which are widely available. This is highly toxic to cats, with often fatal consequences.

Working towards healthier, happier cats with iCatCare

Helping cats return to good health following illness and injury, and meeting their behavioural needs are the themes of the International Cat Care (iCatCare; formerly FAB) annual conference on October 5.

Along with a magnificent new venue — the Beaumont Estate, Windsor — a new feature for 2013, is the introduction of ‘breakout’ sessions provided by the conference sponsor CEVA. These sessions will cover the behavioural needs of cats in the home and will run alongside the main programme.

Dr Little gains ISFM/Hill's Award

isfmHillsawardDr Susan Little was presented with the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM)/Hill's Pet Nutrition Award for outstanding contributions to feline medicine at the ISFM’s World Feline Veterinary Congress (WFVC) in Barcelona on June 29.  The Award came as a lovely birthday surprise for Dr Little when it was presented to her just as she was about to give her final lecture at the event.

Vets Share Cat Café Concerns

Veterinary organisations are calling for feline welfare to be the top priority at cat cafés. Cat cafes, first popularised in Japan, are opening across Europe, with proposals for a new business in London recently reported in the media. The British Small Animal Veterinary Association and International Cat Care are calling for the welfare of cats involved to be the primary consideration.

A FAB new identity for feline charity

The Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB) has undergone a complete rebrand to more clearly reflect the work the charity does to help improve the lives of millions of cats both in the UK and internationally.

Bonus feline CPD and masterclasses at WFVC

The veterinary feline community will be congregating in Barcelona in June (26-30) when the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) hosts the World Feline Veterinary Congress (WFVC).

WFVC – call for abstracts

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) will be holding a poster session during the World Feline Veterinary Congress (WFVC) in Barcelona (June 26-30).