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Celebrate International Cat Day: 8 August 2021

What is International Cat Day?

Sunday 8th August 2021 is #InternationalCatDay

#InternationalCatDay a full 24 hours of recognition and veneration of one of humanity’s oldest and most beloved pets.

International Cat Care is the custodian of International Cat Day, an organisation that works internationally to improve cat welfare through collation and promotion of evidence-based research into feline physical and mental wellbeing.

Read more about cats, how to care for cats, and how you and your cat can celebrate #InternationalCatDay:

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SCAS Pets in Housing Funding Grants: Deadline extended until 31 May 2021

In February 2021, the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS), launched its 2021 round of funding to support research into Pets in Housing issues; a topic that SCAS has been passionate about for over 40 years.

In order to give additional time to those looking to apply, the deadline for returned applications has been extended to 31 May 2021.

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Supporting owners to manage pet welfare during and after an extended ‘stay at home’ period

Authors: Dr Sandra McCune V.N., B.A.(Mod), Ph.D., Evangelos Diamantakos, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD cand, Barbara Cooper Hon Assoc RCVS Cert Ed Lic IPD DTM RVN

Many of us, at some time in our lives, will need to stay at home or work from home for an extended period before our normal routine resumes. It could be a period of illness or rehabilitation, changes in our care needs or responsibilities or a time of unemployment. The national lockdown we have returned to due to Covid19, and the subsequent increase in home working, have been an extreme form of such a shift. For many pets and owners, it continues to be a challenging time. Being restricted to home most of the time, having less direct social time with those we care about and needing to adapt to changes in our household make-up and dynamics can take us out of our comfort zone.

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Lambs in Nursing Homes

There have been several recent news items featuring small lambs visiting nursing homes in Scotland and this was brought to the attention of SCAS. There is now irrefutable scientific evidence that human-animal interactions can be beneficial which has led to the introduction of many Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) programmes in health care facilities.  However, great care is required in planning AAI to help ensure that this does not put animals or people at risk.

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