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International Cat Care Awards 2016

This year’s International Cat Care annual celebration was held at the Kensington Roof Gardens in London in July.

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Easy To Give Awards

Every year ICC presents the ‘Easy to Give’ award, created to reward pharmaceutical companies whose products are easy to administer to cats and don’t damage the relationship between you and your cat.

Easy to Give winners this year are

  • Amodip Chewable Tablets for Cats (Ceva)is the first ever cat-friendly amlodipine licensed for veterinary use for the treatment of hypertension in cats.
  • Benazecare 5mg Tablets (AnimalCare) act to reduce the protein lost in urine in renal disease and increase the appetite and quality of life of cats with chronic kidney disease.
  • Noraclav Chewable Tablets for Cats and Dogs (Norbrook) contain amoxicillin and clavalanic acid; because antibiotic resistance is a growing concern, having routinely used antibiotics in an easy to give and palatable formulation for cats is very important.
  • V-Gel (Docsinnovent) is a supraglottic airway device for cats which enables a clear airway to be obtained quickly, efficiently and effectively for general anaesthesia and emergency resuscitation purposes without the need for traditional endotracheal intubation.

These companies will be granted the use of the Easy to Give logo on advertising to the veterinary world. These bring the total number of Easy to Give awards presented, since their inception in 2005, to 39.

Easy to Give Award winners from left: Fleur Knapp and Iain Meneer from AnimalCare; Marie-Laure Loubiere and Sarah Endersby from Ceva; Surendra Sumaria-Shah from Docsinnovent; Lizzie Leonard-Appleton and Rachel Crowe, Norbrook.

The Cat Friendly Awards

The Cat Friendly Awards recognise other products which have made a real difference to cat wellbeing and welfare. This year the winners are…

There were four Cat Friendly winners this year – Lick-e-Lix from Webbox, Feliway Friends Diffuser from Ceva Animal Health, Kittyrama Cat Collars from Kittyrama and Beco Cat Bowl from Beco Pets.

  • Lick-e-Lix (Webbox) provides a great method to help give prescription medications to cats. Owners reported that its different flavours were great for disguising and giving pills and even made this a rewarding experience.
  • Feliway Friends Diffuser (Ceva)contains a synthetic copy of the cat appeasing pheromone naturally produced by a nursing mother for her kittens after birth, helping kittens feel safe and secure. This product aims to reduce tension and conflict in multicat households.
  • Kittyrama Cat Collars (Kittrama)are designed to be lightweight, slim, durable and very comfortable. They also have a buckle for accurate fitting and a safety opening mechanism if the collar gets caught.
  • Beco Cat Bowls (Beco Pets) are made of recyclable waste plant materials and are wide with low sides so that the cat’s sensitive whiskers are not bent while eating.
Cat Friendly Award winners from left: Claire Bessant, iCatCare Chief Executive; Melanie Eastwood from Webbox; George Bramble from Beco Pets; James Forrester and Carolina Ballon-Forrester from Kittyrama; Abi Busk from Ceva.

Cat Friendly Award winners from left: Claire Bessant, iCatCare Chief Executive; Melanie Eastwood from Webbox; George Bramble from Beco Pets; James Forrester and Carolina Ballon-Forrester from Kittyrama; Abi Busk from Ceva.

Cat Naps Calendar Competition

Kensington was also the venue for the launch of the ICC 2017 Cat Naps calendar, crammed with stunning winning photos from the annual photographic competition.   They’ll be available from their website soon, and the funds raised from the sale of the calendars makes a significant contribution to their welfare work with unowned cats.

The winner is Johanna Vaurio-Teräväinen from Finland, for her stunning picture of her cat Pitkis.

The winner is Johanna Vaurio-Teräväinen from Finland, for her stunning picture of her cat Pitkis.

For more information on the awards, have a look at the charity’s website, www.icatcare.org or if you are interested in buying the terrific calendar or cards see www.icatcare.org/shop.

The top 100 images are available to view on the charity’s Facebook page.

We have always enjoyed our association with ICC and the excellent work they do to improve the lives of our cats. International Cat Care receives no public money and relies on the generosity of the cat community to continue its work for owned and unowned cats across the globe.

International Cat Care Awards 2015

This year’s International Cat Care annual celebration was held at the Kensington Roof Gardens in London on Sept. 11, 2015.

Every year ICC presents the ‘Easy to Give’ award, created to reward pharmaceutical companies whose products are easy to administer to cats and don’t damage the relationship between you and your cat.

Easy to Give winners this year are

  • Prinovox from Virbac – a new spot-on treatment for fleas, mites, worms,
  • Loxicom from Norbrook  – a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, a solution in a syringe which can be squirted into the cats mouth,
  • and two awards for products from Ceva Animal Health – for Vectra Felis – another flea treatment and for Zodon, an oral antibiotic that can be  squirted into the cats mouth.

These companies will be granted the use of the Easy to Give logo on advertising to the veterinary world. These bring the total number of Easy to Give awards presented, since their inception in 2005, to 35.

flamingoInternational Cat Care CEO, Claire Bessant, said: ‘It is so important that cats receive treatments prescribed for them, whether it is for preventive care or to treat a problem. If a drug is too difficult to get into the cat, owners often fail to complete the course, leaving the cat inadequately treated – as we worry about antibiotic resistance, this is particularly important beyond the individual animal too. Struggling with a cat to medicate can put a tension into the owner/cat relationship at a time when owners feel they want to be more supportive rather than seen as something to fear. This year we asked those trying the products if the act of medication had a negative effect on their relationship with their cat, as many people find that in the struggle to medicate, often the cat becomes fearful or aggressive towards them which owners also find very distressing. This kind of innovation by pharmaceutical companies is essential to feline health.’

Easy to Give Award winners from left: Claire Bessant, iCatCare Chief Executive; Alison Henry, Ceva; Bradley Viner, iCatCare Vice President; Nicola Barclay, Ceva; Rachel Crowe, Norbrook; Simon Bolton, Virbac.

Easy to Give Award winners from left: Claire Bessant, iCatCare Chief Executive; Alison Henry, Ceva; Bradley Viner, iCatCare Vice President; Nicola Barclay, Ceva; Rachel Crowe, Norbrook; Simon Bolton, Virbac.

The Cat Friendly Awards recognise other products which have made a real difference to cat wellbeing and welfare. This year the winners are…

  • The SoftE Smart Collar, a comfortable, cleanable and lightweight wide collar for those times when you have to stop a cat licking a wound.
  • The SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder opens in response to the cat’s microchip or collar tag.
  • The Cat Carrier Tree allows cat baskets to be placed off the ground in waiting rooms, helping cats to feel less stressed.

On display were the winners of  ‘The Beauty of Cats’ photography competition. The photographs feature cats from across the world, including cats from Canada, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Poland and the UK.

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A photograph of a Hong Kong street cat, affectionately known as ‘Shy’, taken by Hon Wa Yip, wins first place in the  ‘The Beauty of Cats’ photography competition.

The 12 winning photographs feature in the iCatCare Calendar for 2016 – with Shy on the cover as the overall winner.

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For more information on the awards, have a look at the charity’s website, www.icatcare.org or if you are interested in buying the terrific calendar or cards see www.icatcare.org/shop.

The top 100 images are available to view on the charity’s Facebook page.

We have always enjoyed our association with ICC and the excellent work they do to improve the lives of our cats.

James Lewis picks a Winner for Pollyanna!

The winning ticket in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation 2015 Prize draw has been drawn by celebrity TV auctioneer James Lewis. The lucky winner, Sue Allen of Stafford has won a painting of a Tiger.

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James is without doubt one of the most recognised faces in the international antiques world. He is regularly seen as an expert on BBC shows including The Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt. However James is also a great animal lover – who originally considered training to be a vet! Along with Pollyanna he acts as a patron of the Born Free Foundation. Pollyanna was delighted that James was willing to spare time from his very busy schedule to help her select the winners in the prize draw organised by her charitable foundation.

The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation raises funds and campaigns for conservation and animal welfare in the UK and worldwide. Between the sales of prize draw tickets, donations and a percentage of sales from Pollyanna’s Summer exhibition the Foundation has raised £8000.00 which will be used to fund the retraining of Chinese workers from bear bile farms to become certified animal carers in a new sanctuary for animals which have been rescued from this cruel trade. Find out more about the work of the Foundation at www.pollyannapickering.co.uk

International Cat Care Calendar 2015

Featuring the 12 winning entries in this year’s iCatCare Photographic Competition, this is the purrfect gift for all cat lovers, and it could be yours for just £9.50!

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The quality and artistry of the photographs transform this calendar into something really special which will appeal to cat lovers and photographers alike. The beautiful cats featured come from all corners of the globe, including cats from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Croatia, the Netherlands and the UK. Given the highly international collection of entries, it is particularly fitting that these images will be helping cats around the world.

Each picture is accompanied by a little story about the cat pictured, together with a famous cat quote, and a really useable calendar for your all important dates.

The calendar is A4-sized and is packaged in a shrink wrapped envelope to protect it. Priced at £9.50 (+ p&p), there are also discounts applied for multiple orders. All proceeds from the sale go to International Cat Care and the calendar can be purchsed via the International Cat Care website.

Stock is limited, so order now, whilst you still can!

International Cat Care Annual Awards

This year’s International Cat Care annual celebration was held at the Kensington Roof Gardens in London on Sept. 12, 2014.

Highlighting the event were the many awards ICC presents. This year there was the ‘Easy to Give’ award created to reward pharmaceutical companies whose products are easy to administer to cats. ‘The Cat Friendly’ awards help make cats lives more comfortable and less stressful. Also, pet insurance policies now reflect that rescue cats as well as aging cats are living healthier, longer lives.

The third category revealed the 12 winning photographs for the 2014 Photographic Competition, ‘Cats for all seasons’.

Congratulations to Carl Welsby, the overall winner of the iCatCare Photographic Competition 2014 with his photo of Holly.

For more information on the awards, have a look at the charity’s website, www.icatcare.org or if you are interested in buying the terrific calendar or cards see www.icatcare.org/shop.

The top 100 images are available to view on the charity’s Facebook page.

We have always enjoyed our association  with ICC and the excellent work they do to improve the lives of our cats.

International Cat Care Annual Awards

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The Feline Advisory Bureau or FAB CATS has been re-branded and become International Cat Care. The annual awards ceremony was held on the 29th floor of Millbank Tower in London at Altitude 360, on the 6th of September. This was the perfect stylish setting to launch a new modern image.

The view from altitude360 by Lois Sykes

 This year there was a new photographic competition. The charity wanted to find exceptional images of cats, celebrating their unique appeal. They teamed up with Digital Photographer and Your Cat Magazine to launch the competition. They were all gorgeous images and reflected intense observation and much love of the subject.

Charlies claws by D Laurent

Phil Croucher was the overall winner in the adult category and the junior winner was Gaby Ayrey. Congratulations to the winners. One of our members, Denise Laurent was also involved with her close up of a cat’s claws.

Several awards were given for things that have helped all of us in our daily caring and understanding of cats. Among them were the first “Cat Friendly” Awards. International Cat Care wanted to recognise products which have made a real difference to cat wellbeing and welfare.

The very first Cat Friendly Award has been presented to Ceva Animal Health for Feliway. By mimicking the cat’s natural facial pheromones, Feliway creates a state of familiarity and security.

The second award went to the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for their Hide, Perch and Go box. By watching how cats adapted to the highly stressful rescue environment in their first few days, BCSPCA’s Nadine Gourkow came to realise how important it was for cats to have somewhere to hide.

The third award went to Cats Protection for taking the concept of hiding and having a high vantage point a little further in their Feline Fort.

We have always enjoyed our association  with ICC and the work they do to improve the lives of our cats.

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Stephen Fry helps Pollyanna pick a Winner!

Stephen Fry, the much-loved comedian, actor and writer joined TWASI patron Pollyanna Pickering to select the winning ticket in her charitable Foundation’s grand prize draw, which raised money to help conserve wild cheetahs in Namibia.

Pollyanna and Stephen FryThe prize draw was held in conjunction with Pollyanna’s recent exhibition of paintings of endangered species ‘Last Chance to Paint….?’ – inspired in part by the BBC television series ‘Last Chance to See…..’., a series of documentaries featuring Stephen Fry and zoologist Mark Carwardine travelling to various locations in the hope of encountering species on the brink of extinction. Pollyanna recognised a parallel between her own painting expeditions and the journeys made by the intrepid duo, and the way in which they are then able to share their experiences of the natural world and encounters with some of the world’s most vulnerable creatures – in her case through her award winning artwork.

Pollyanna commented “we were delighted with the response to the exhibition and the prize draw, and it was wonderful that Stephen Fry – whose programmes helped to inspire the entire project – was willing to take time out of his busy schedule to help me select the winning tickets. His genuine concern for the fate of endangered species is evident”. Stephen admits that while he does love animals, he’s not so keen on the fact that to see them in the wild “one needs to spend so much of the time trekking and camping to where they are”. But it’s a sacrifice he’s prepared to make to share some incredible moments, and to inspire people to keep talking about conservation, saying “Wouldn’t it be a shame, quite literally shaming, if all we leave to the people of the future are photographs in place of thousands and thousands of some of the most extraordinary, complex, baffling and sometimes hilarious creatures that ever walked upon the Earth”

Supporters up and down the country bought tickets in this national draw to help raise £3,250.00 which will be used to fund a cheetah education programme in Namibia.
Ninety percent of Namibia’s wild cheetah live on farmlands and come into conflict with farmers and livestock and game farming interests. Funding from the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation will enable The Cheetah Conservation Fund education team to conduct a weeklong training course for 30 farmers. The Foundation believes that education programmes of this kind are one of the most important factors in ensuring the continued survival of cheetahs in the wild, where they belong. Mrs Read of Derbyshire is the lucky winner of Pollyanna’s original painting of two cheetahs.

For a full list of winners and more information visit http://www.pollyannapickering.co.uk


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