CatCareforLife — keeping cats healthy

02 November 2018
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Volume 9 · Issue 9


International Cat Care (ICC) and its veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), have recently launched a new programme entitled CatCareforLife — a blueprint for how a clinic and owner can work together to keep cats healthy and encourage veterinary visits.

Studies show that there is a disconnect in healthcare in cats, with owners perceiving that an annual check consists of just a vaccination, and vets not engaging in preventive healthcare.

International Cat Care/International S ociety of Feline Medicine (ICC/ISFM) believes that regular life-long preventive healthcare should be the goal for every veterinary patient. A combination of primary prevention (e.g. vaccination), secondary prevention (early detection of disease) and tertiary prevention (reducing impact of disease) measures are important in a comprehensive healthcare programme, although secondary and tertiary measures become more critical as the cat ages and as diseases become more prevalent. Such healthcare can only be optimised if both the cat owner and the clinic are committed to working together, forming a lifelong partnership between the owner, the cat and the vet team — something which CatCareforLife aims to facilitate.

CatCare for Life is aimed at both veterinary clinics and cat owners, encouraging owners to understand the life stages of their cat and its equivalent human age, and offers best practice guides for recommended health checks. The materials are engaging and allow cat owners to understand, record and log information about their cat, enhancing the cat–owner bond. Life stages are clearly defined from Kitten (0–6 months) through to Super Senior (15years+).

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