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Cats Protection rescues a cat and her kittens found nesting in a tree
The mother and her kittens, as well as the tom cat, were all named after birds in tribute to their unusual rescue.

Feline family were being watched over by a friendly tom cat.

Cats Protection volunteers received quite a surprise recently when they found a nursing cat and its kittens nesting high up in a tree at the back of an industrial estate.

The team was investigating reports of a welfare issue with a colony of cats on an industrial site in Amersham when a local resident approached them to let them know that she had been feeding a cat from the colony who had very recently given birth and thought it was in need of help.

“We spent a week searching gardens, leafletting a huge area and asking residents to keep an eye out for where mum had hidden the kittens,” said welfare team member Ruth Goller. “We even set camera traps, but to no avail.

“Then one morning the mum showed up with a male who seemed bonded with her. I watched her eat and it was obvious that she recently had kittens and was still feeding, but we had no idea where she had stowed them.”

After following the cats to the back of the site, Ms Goller spotted the mother and three kittens high up in a tree in an old bird's nest.

Setting up humane containment traps, the team eventually managed to secure the mother and then carefully move the kittens from the tree into a carrier. After being checked over, the mother and kittens were transferred to Cats Protection fosterer Sue Buck.

Ms Goller also confirmed that the tom was in need of veterinary attention and brought him in as well. The Cats Protection veterinary team found he had an abscess on his foot and kept him in for a few days.

The abscess has healed well and, after being neutered, the male – now named Willet – has been reunited with the mother Oriole and her kittens Bran, Jay and Lori.

Images (c) Cats Protection.

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Webinar to explore the meaning of veterinary leadership

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 The WSAVA has announced a free webinar exploring the meaning of veterinary leadership in the 21st century.

Taking place at noon on Tuesday, October 19, the webinar will explore the role of veterinary professionals in leading on animal welfare, the leadership competencies required of all veterinary professionals, and the effects of leadership style on teams.

The webinar, which ends with a Q&A session, will be moderated be WSAVA President Dr Siraya Chunekamrai and led by Veterinary Management Group President Richard Casey. For more information and to access the event, click here

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Horiba announces veterinary haematology webinar

Horiba Medical has announced a free webinar providing practical insight on best practice in veterinary haematology. Entitled 'In practice haematology - Beyond the pale!' the webinar will be presented by Ronnie Barron from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School.

Ronnie's presentation, which will conclude with a Q&A session, will look at QC and artefacts of sample quality and review the effects of different pathologies. Using images, photomicrographs and video links, he will also explain the techniques and equipment needed to complement analytical automation to confirm results quality.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, October 28 (7.30-9pm). For more details and to register, click here.