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Researchers to collaborate on feline wellbeing
The iCatCare Feline Wellbeing panel aims to promote and better understand the mental wellbeing of cats.
New iCatCare panels to further charity's holistic approach to cat welfare.

International Cat Care (iCatCare) has announced the launch of two new international panels that will further the charity's holistic approach to cat welfare.

The ISFM Academy of Feline Practitioners will comprise of vets from across the globe who have further qualifications in feline medicine or have specialised in disciplines that complement the focus of ISFM.

Members on this panel will discuss publications, investigate cases with colleagues, collaborate on research and forge meaningful links between vets in different countries to advance developments in feline medicine. Any vet that meets the requirements of the academy can join, and members are free to contribute however much they like.

The iCatCare Feline Wellbeing panel is being launched to accompany the Academy and aims to better understand and promote the mental wellbeing, as well as the physical health, of domestic cats. This panel will be made up of experts from across the globe, including some with professional backgrounds and others who specialise in some form in the mental wellbeing of cats.

The wellbeing panel aims to help people caring and working for cats in all settings to understand their behavioural emotional and cognitive capabilities and needs to be able to actively promote their mental wellbeing and ultimately protect their welfare.

To enable these discussions, iCatCare has also created the International Cat Care Community as a platform for the groups to communicate in separate, friendly, safe spaces.

ICatCare CEO Claire Bessant said: “By working together, gaining input from great people and enabling all those who work with cats to grow their expertise, iCatCare can deliver on its mission to create a world in which each cat’s life experience will be as good as it can be".

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New 'DoggyLottery' to raise funds for rescue centres

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 A new 'DoggyLottery' to raise funds for dog rescue centres in the UK will launch on Saturday (4 July). Every four weeks, five different rescue centres will be connected to the lottery, providing much-needed funds - particularly during COVID-19 - and providing vital online exposure.

A weekly game costs £1.50 and entrants will have the chance of being one of 20 guaranteed winners. A massive 60 per cent of the raised funds will go towards the dog rescue centres, more than double that donated by leading lottery companies to charitable causes.

To find out more and play the lottery, visit www.doggylottery.co.uk  

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International Cat Care appoints new head of veterinary division

International Cat Care (ICC) has announced the appointment of Nathalie Dowgray as head of the charity's veterinary division.

Nathalie, who is an RCVS advanced practitioner in feline medicine, will lead the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) and a play key role in advancing knowledge and research in feline medicine.

Claire Bessant, iCatCare's chief executive said: "We're absolutely delighted to be welcoming Nathalie to the charity. She brings a depth and breadth of feline expertise and understanding which fits perfectly with the charity's work and development, and her enthusiasm for cats is infectious."