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).

Hypertension in cats

The International Society of Feline Medicine has recently published practical recommendations on the measurement of blood pressure in conscious cats in order to make these assessments as accurate and reproducible as possible. These recommendations are in the form of a downloadable leaflet available in a number of languages, plus there are four short videos available that accompany the recommendations and illustrate the techniques involved. To view more information on blood pressure assessment and the available resources, please click here.

AAFP and ISFM Guidelines for Diagnosing and Solving House-Soiling Behavior in Cats

Rationale: These Guidelines have been developed by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) as a resource for veterinary practitioners who want to better understand and manage the important clinical condition of house-soiling in their feline patients. The Guidelines offer straightforward, practical solutions that, in most cases, will help veterinarians and cat owners prevent, manage or entirely remediate feline house-soiling behavior. 

Evidence base: The Guidelines include scientifically documented information when it is available. However, because research is often lacking, some recommendations reflect the accumulated clinical experience of the authors.

(photo courtesy of Deb Givin)

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Feline House-Soiling – Useful Information for Cat Owners




ISFM Guidelines on Population Management and Welfare of Unowned Domestic Cats (Felis catus)

Guidelines rationale: Cats are among the most commonly kept domestic pets, and coexist with humans in a variety of different circumstances. Cats are sentient beings and, as such, humans have a responsibility for cat welfare where humans and cats coexist. Because cats reproduce efficiently, measures to control populations are frequently needed, but these should be based on ethical and humane approaches. 

Framework: These consensus guidelines from the International Society of Feline Medicine’s Welfare Advisory Panel provide a framework for the approach to welfare and population control measures, primarily among unowned cats and those going through a homing programme.

AAFP and ISFM Feline Environmental Needs Guidelines 
(Feb 2013)

The purpose of the Guidelines is to help cat professionals and cat owners to understand what consitutes a healthy feline environment. Understanding these principles and the unique environmental needs of the cat will help veterinarians, cat owners and care-givers to reduce stress, the incidence of stress-related disorders, and unwanted behavior in their feline patients and pets. The recommendations in the Guidelines apply to all pet cats, regardless of lifestyle

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Your cat's environmental needs – practical tips for
pet owners

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AAFP and ISFM Feline-Friendly Nursing Care Guidelines 
(May 2012)

The purpose of the Guidelines is to help all members of the veterinary team understand the basic concepts of nursing care, both in the clinic and at home.

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Nursing care for your cat – practical tips for
pet owners





AAFP and ISFM Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines
(May 2011)

These Guidelines were established to provide useful information for handling cats to create a less stressful experience for feline patients while meeting their medical needs. 

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Getting your cat to the veterinarian





ISFM and AAFP Consensus Guidelines: Long-Term use of NSAIDs in Cats
(July 2010)

The aim of these Guidelines is to provide practical information for veterinarians to encourage appropriate NSAID therapy whenever cats will benefit from the use of these drugs.

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Pain medication (NSAIDs) and your cat

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For a full list of AAFP and ISFM Guidelines click here