International Cat Care Introduces new Cat Friendly Decision-making Documents

To assist these working with unowned cats all over the world, International Cat Care (iCatCare) has launched a collection of Cat-Friendly decision-making paperwork. With an estimated inhabitants of 600 million cats worldwide (half of that are unowned), the sharing of instructional assets is important to bettering cat welfare on a world scale however should consider the distinctive existence and circumstances that encompass unowned cats. Decision-making is subsequently integral to the vital work carried out by key stakeholders resembling homing centres, nationwide authorities, foster carers, and welfare organisations and the paperwork have been designed to assist navigate the advanced points that come up each day inside the unowned cat neighborhood.

Claire Bessant, Chief Executive of International Cat Care

Claire Bessant, iCatCare’s Chief Executive mentioned: ‘Working with cats might be advanced, and by no means extra so when it’s within the area of unowned cats and methods to assist each them and the folks on this entrance line of cat welfare.  Bringing collectively this data has taken a few years – time to know cats and the problems, time to know folks’s challenges, and time to seek the advice of and overview what we all know and what we don’t. For unowned cats, there is no such thing as a doubt that good recommendation is scarce, therefore our method to bringing collectively data in as simple and pragmatic a means as potential. Everyone’s scenario is a bit of totally different, so growing a broad understanding of the cat points and with the ability to work by choices in a Cat-Friendly means ought to assist these in these tough conditions.’

The three new Cat-Friendly decision-making paperwork current respectful and carefully-reasoned discussions, bringing collectively the obtainable science and present practices to deal with the varied challenges confronted by folks working with cats. They are designed to assist anybody in any nation working with, or all in favour of, unowned cats. This contains cat homing and animal welfare organisations, these endeavor Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) programmes and veterinarians, veterinary nurses and technicians. The paperwork are all underpinned by iCatCare’s Cat-Friendly Principles and are actually obtainable free for obtain:

• Managing cat populations based on an understanding of cat lifestyle and population dynamics

• Outcomes for kittens born to free-roaming unowned cats

• Identifying solutions for ‘inbetweener’ cats

The managing cat populations doc explains in easy language, why free-roaming cat populations could cause issues and why their numbers should be rigorously and humanely managed to stabilise and cut back populations over time. This doc additionally discusses the significance of collaboration between key stakeholder teams in serving to TNR programmes attain their full potential, in addition to the vital function that homeowners of pet cats should play to assist obtain these objectives.

The outcomes for kittens doc tackles an advanced topic, as there are nonetheless gaps within the science and understanding surrounding the long-term outcomes for kittens born to free-roaming unowned cats. This doc discusses how these concerned within the care of those kittens could make nicely thought out choices, considering the person kitten’s particular necessities and distinctive circumstances.

Most homing organisations have cats which have been with them for prolonged durations as a result of they behave in a means that fails to attraction to potential new homeowners. iCatCare has recognized a few of these cats as ‘inbetweeners’. These are cats which have been handled as pets beforehand however are unable to dwell with out power worry, nervousness and/or frustration in a traditional pet setting. For these cats, discovering a traditional dwelling shouldn’t be an appropriate resolution and the options for ‘inbetweener’ cats doc has been designed to assist homing organisations recognise these cats and develop different options that go well with their particular person wants.

Vicky Halls, Cat-Friendly Homing Manager at International Cat Care

iCatCare’s Cat-Friendly Homing Manager, Vicky Halls mentioned: ‘The origins of all three paperwork got here from requires help from folks working within the area, expressing frustration on the complexity of the type of choices about cats that wanted to be made each day and the dearth of accessible and sensible data to assist them to make these choices.’

These paperwork have been made potential resulting from a legacy from Tony Welsh which enabled iCatCare to create the Tony Welsh Educational Fund for use particularly for the event of instructional programs, instruments and free assets to assist decision-making, strategic planning and understanding for folks working with and for unowned cats.

The new Cat-Friendly decision-making paperwork can be found free for obtain here.

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