The results are in for International Cat Care’s “Cattitude” Facebook photo competition, with the top three entries accumulating almost 1,200 public and practice votes between them.
The winning photo by vet Beatrice Funiciello.
Veterinary practice Clinica Veterinaria Bemavet in Italy took first place with 521 likes
for its entry, submitted by vet Beatrice Funiciello
The clinic received £400 worth of Thames Medical vouchers to spend on equipment, and Beatrice earned herself £200 worth of gift vouchers.
In second place was RVN Jo Ireson’s entry for the Cambridge Cat Clinic. Her photograph of the clinic owner, Miranda Wright, with in-patient Toby, led for much of the competition’s duration and clocked up 378 likes. Ms Ireson was given free registration to the iCatCare Conference in Birmingham in October as a prize.
Third place went to Simply Cats from Durham, with vet Lucie Allcutt’s photo securing more than 280 votes.
The social media competition was run to raise awareness of the global Cat Friendly Clinic programme with vet practices and pet owners. Vet practice staff took photos that to them embodied “Cattitude” – the positive attitude and behaviours that help to decrease the stress of visiting cats and their owners. Entrants were encouraged to highlight their involvement in the competition to clients and others to help to spread the word about their feline-friendliness and the Cat Friendly Clinic initiative.
In total, there were 86 entries, with more than 6,000 visits to the competition page.
The site also hosts a comprehensive range of support materials to help clinics gain accreditation, including a photo library of cat-friendly facilities, a gallery of tips on cat handling, helpful client communications and an accreditation helpline.