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National Cat Awards to include Vet of the Year category
Last year's winner Zebby with his owner Genevieve Moss.
Nominations open on 13 February.

This year’s National Cat Awards, organised by Cats Protection, will include a Vet of the Year category for the first time.

When nominations open on Tuesday, 13 February, cat owners and colleagues will have the chance to nominate veterinary surgeons who have provided outstanding cat care.

There are also four categories for owners to nominate their cat:
  • Family cats – For cats who provide companionship, amusement, or comfort and support when times are tough
  • Incredible cats – Recognising cats who have done something heroic or extraordinary, such as surviving against the odds or saving a life
  • Senior cats: Celebrating cats older than 11 years
  • Connected cats: For cats that make people smile, whether on social media or in the local community.
The winners will be announced during a ceremony in London on 18 September. The Cat of the Year 2024 will be selected from the four feline category winners.

Last year, Zebby, from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, won the overall award in recognition of the support he provides his deaf owner.
 
Catherine Cottrell, Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards organiser, said: “We’ve launched this new award to recognise the amazing contribution of vets across the country who make a difference to the quality of cats’ lives.

"Whether they’ve embarked on studies or research to improve understanding of feline medicine, gone out of their way to help a cat in need, or shown outstanding care in complex or difficult situations, we want to celebrate their dedication and skill.”

Nominations will close at noon on Tuesday, 26 March.

Image © Cats Protection

 

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Charities' XL bully neutering scheme closes

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 A scheme that helped owners of XL bully dogs with the cost of neutering has closed to new applications due to high demand.

The scheme, run by the RSPCA, Blue Cross, and Battersea, has helped 1,800 dogs and their owners after XL bullies were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

In England and Wales, owners of XL bully dogs which were over one year old on 31 January 2021 have until 30 June 2024 to get their dog neutered. If a dog was between seven months and 12 months old, it must be neutered by 31 December 2024. If it was under seven months old, owners have until 30 June 2025.

More information can be found on the Defra website. 

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Avian flu cattle outbreak spreads to tenth US state

Cattle in two dairy herds in Iowa have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), making it the tenth state in the USA to be affected by the ongoing outbreak of the disease in cattle.

Since March 2024, more than 80 herds across the USA have been affected by the virus and three dairy workers have tested positive. Authorities have introduced measures to limit the spread of the virus and farmers have been urged to strengthen their biosecurity protocols.

Mike Naig, Iowa secretary of agriculture, said: "Given the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza within dairy cattle in many other states, it is not a surprise that we would have a case given the size of our dairy industry in Iowa.

"While lactating dairy cattle appear to recover with supportive care, we know this destructive virus continues to be deadly for poultry."