The guidance applies veterinary shelter medicine principles to issues not infrequently faced by CP. The guidance is not a substitute for specific clinical judgement and veterinary advice for individual cats, as it is appreciated that all cases are different. The guidance and protocols do not translate to owned cats, where husbandry, infectious disease risks and feline stresses can differ significantly.
Vets may also find other sections on the website of specific interest, such as the neutering section and our public ‘essential’ and ‘veterinary’ guides.
This guide, produced for the veterinary profession, provides a current overview of Cats Protection (CP), the UK’s leading feline welfare charity.
This guide details the nature of veterinary care requested for domestic (non-feral) and feral cats in the care of the charity, as well as highlighting some recommendations the charity makes to cat owners.
Acute diarrhoea - PDF - 578KB - Download
Chronic diarrhoea - PDF - 138KB - Download
CP's Routine Parasite Control Procedures - PDF - 252KB - Download
Heart Murmurs flow chart - PDF - 91KB - Download
Diabetes flowchart and guidance - PDF - 161KB - Download
Dentistry and Chronic Gingivostomatitis Procedures - PDF - 125KB - Download
Feline Idiopathic Cystitis flowchart and guidance - PDF - 544KB - Download
Hyperthyroid flow chart - PDF - 108KB - Download
Kidney protocol flow chart - PDF - 129KB - Download
Ringworm procedures - PDF - 429KB - Download
Skin disease flow chart - PDF - 111KB - Download
Skin disease protocol - PDF - 342KB - Download
Tuberculosis (TB) flow chart - PDF - 153KB - Download
Feline Parvovirus FPV procedures - PDF - 111KB - Download
CP FCoV and FIP procedures - PDF - 156KB - Download
FIP flow charts - PDF - 205KB - Download
FIV/FeLV flow charts - PDF - 191KB - Download
Upper respiratory disease procedure - PDF - 251KB - Download
Adopting a cat that that has had potentially zoonotic diarrhoea - Advice for adopters - PDF - 69KB - Download
Dentistry - Advice for adopters - PDF - 69KB - Download
Heart murmurs - Advice for adopters - PDF - 75KB - Download
Neutering - Post operative advice for adopters - PDF - 69KB - Download
Vaccinations - Advice for adopters - PDF - 269KB - Download
Sunburn information sheet - PDF - 181KB - Download
Feral Cat Vet Care Summary - PDF - 73KB - Download
Foster Cat Vet Care Summary - PDF - 75KB - Download
CP's Minimum Veterinary Standards - PDF - 100KB - Download
CP Parasite Control Procedures FAQs - PDF - 204KB - Download
Purina 1-9 Body Conditioning Poster - PDF - Download
Virbac Speed Duo Test Instruction Sheet - PDF - 591KB - Download
Bristol Cat Oral Health Card - can be used when carrying out CP cat assessment status as part of the veterinary clinical examination - PDF - 676KB - Download
Investigation of heart murmurs - PDF - 47KB - Download
Commonly asked vaccination questions - PDF - 235KB - Download
Branch Vet Infographic - PDF - 316KB - Download
LH Guidelines for testing unknown neutered state flowchart - PDF - Click to view
LH testing protocol - PDF - Click to view
Handout for new owners of female cats not neutered by Cats Protection - PDF - Click to view
Assessment of neutered status – female cats - PDF - Click to view
Assessment of neutered status – male cats - PDF - Click to view
Medical summary for homing form - PDF - Click to view
Guidance for completing the CP medical summary form - PDF - Click to view
They can be downloaded directly from the website or ordered using the Essential and Veterinary guide leaflet order form.
We understand how difficult it can be for owners when their cat goes missing, has been rehomed, is nearing the end of its life or has recently passed away. To help support people during this difficult time Cats Protection runs a confidential grief support service where people can talk to a trained volunteer listener.
To promote this service we have produced a range of resources, which can be ordered free of charge and displayed around your practice.