Feline behaviour will come under the spotlight at the annual International Cat Care (ICC) conference.

Feline handling will be the subject of one of the talks at the conference.

The conference, sponsored by Ceva and Agria, is aimed at veterinary nurses, cat professionals and cat owners.

The day will include two talks highlighting ICC’s Keeping Your Cat Safe poisonings campaign. Simon Wheeler, from Agria Pet Insurance, will speak about learning from insurance claims and Nick Edwards, of the Veterinary Poisons Information Service, will spotlight cat poisonings.

Martha Cannon, of the Oxford Cat Clinic, wlll give two talks – one covering top tips for feline friendly handling and the other on hypertension in cats.

Sarah Ellis, from ICC, will also give two lectures, the first on cats and babies – keeping both safe and the second on obesity – a behavioural perspective.

Audiogenic seizures and the “Tom and Jerry syndrome” will be the subject of a talk by Mark Lowrie, of Davies Veterinary Specialists in Hertfordshire.

The final lecture will be given by Lauren Finka and Vicky Halls and will look at ICC’s cat-friendly homing project, using the cat traffic light assessment for monitoring health and well-being, and the Lincoln cat assessment test for sociability and owner matching.

The conference will be held at the Burlington Hotel in Birmingham on Saturday, October 24. Registration costs £70, with a reduced rate of £50 for charities. To find out more and to book a place go to http://icatcare.org/learn/cat-owners/icatcare-conference

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