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ISFM Guidelines

ISFM has developed practice guidelines designed to facilitate high standards of feline health care. These have been produced in collaboration with the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).

All the Guidelines are free to view and download and can be accessed via the JFMS website.

Blood pressure recommendations

With the support of Ceva, ISFM has produced Practical recommendations on the measurement of indirect blood pressure in cats.

The recommendations cover:

  • Procedures: Background, methods, patient and environment considerations
  • Blood pressure assessment with the Doppler technique
  • Blood pressure assessment with the HDO technique
  • Blood pressure assessment forms

Blood and blood product collection and transfusion

ISFM has developed practice guidelines and resources for cat caregivers on this topic available here.

These resources cover:

  • Blood groups and blood typing
  • Collection of blood
  • Administering blood or blood products
  • Monitoring for and managing adverse reactions
  • Suitability of cats as donors to ensure the best welfare outcomes for both patients
  • Advice for cat caregivers

Downloadable Resources


Encouraging your cat to eat at home – Download as an A4 Poster

Encouraging your cat to eat at home CKD version – Download as an A4 Poster

Encouraging your cat to drink at home – Download as an A4 Poster

Five pillars for making a healthy feline environment – Download the square social media graphic

Stressor stacking – Download the infographic

Signs of pain – Download the infographic

Cat Friendly Resources – Click the images to download the posters.

Number of resources – Download the infographic

Cat pen setup – Download the infographic


Cat Friendly Handling Videos

International Cat Care, in partnership with Ceva, has developed a set of handling videos for both vets and nurses, and for owners. The videos detail best practice handling techniques and approaches, and are 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.

All our handling videos can be accessed on our YouTube channel

For owners

For owners, there are 13 videos covering two different areas, interacting with cats and handling cats. Particular attention is paid to getting cats used to going in the cat carrier and travelling – cats can be helped to understand that entering and spending time in their cat carrier is a positive experience. A number of the videos cover helping owners to get their cats accustomed to having ears, eyes, mouth, paws/claws and coat checked to improve handing at home, but also in the veterinary clinic. Of course, these are not just for owners, as the information is useful for the veterinary team to know in order to help owners prepare for veterinary visits as well as care at home.

Interacting with cats

Handling your cat at home

For the veterinary clinic

Handling in the veterinary clinic

For the veterinary team, there are 16 videos covering many aspects of handling cats in the clinic, from assessing the cat while in the carrier to handling for blood sampling, intravenous catheter placement and administering oral, aural and ocular products. Tips on towel wrapping to assist handling in a comfortable way for the cat are also covered.

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