CatCareforLife is a new programme from International Cat Care and its veterinary division, the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM). It is a blueprint for how a clinic and owner can work together to keep cats healthy and encourage veterinary visits. The programme is provided in partnership with IDEXX and Royal Canin, global leaders in veterinary diagnostics and cat nutrition.
Regular life-long preventive healthcare should be the goal for every veterinary patient. A combination of primary prevention (eg, vaccination), secondary prevention (early detection of disease) and tertiary prevention (reducing impact of disease) measures are important in a comprehensive healthcare programme, although secondary and tertiary measures become more critical as the cat ages and as diseases become more prevalent.
The programme is aimed at both veterinary clinics and cat owners. For owners, it encourages them to understand the life stages of their cat and its equivalent human age, and offers best practice guides for recommended health checks. The information is set out simply on this website for owners and is based on independent published studies and data and developed by expert feline veterinarians and others working with International Cat Care/ISFM. It allows the clinic to refer to reliable, trustworthy and independent information.
For vets we are providing practical guides to the programme, including posters, charts, clinical sheets, owner resources and checklists and veterinary protocols.