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.

By attending this year’s conference, not only will you gain an insight into iCatCare’s work — including the implications of the Cat Friendly Clinic scheme, the new Feline Friendly Nursing Guidelines and the charity’s welfare projects around the world — but you will benefit from advice given by experts from university veterinary schools.

Lyn Forster, of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), whose work is supported by iCatCare, will explain how the cat adapts to the loss of a limb and discuss whether cats experience ‘phantom limbs’. Using physiotherapy to assist rehabilitation of feline orthopaedic patients is the topic covered by Brian Sharp a Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist. The iCatCare veterinary director, Andy Sparkes, will supply advice on nursing cats that refuse to eat. Behavioural problems can develop in cats — large and small — when they are unable to act out their instincts. Graham Law, of Glasgow University, will share his fascinating experiences of providing environmental enrichment for large cats in captivity. To make life more enjoyable for the indoor cat, Sarah Endersby, Senior Veterinary Advisor at CEVA, will look at what we can do to provide cats with entertainment and stimulation in our homes.

The conference is open to all members of iCatCare and interested members of the public — vets, veterinary nurses, cat breeders, cattery proprietors, those involved in rescue work and cat owners.

 The cost of attending the iCatCare conference is £50 for iCatCare members, £57 for non-members.

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