What are some of the major cat campaigns sponsored by the CATalyst Council?

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The CATalyst Council is a coalition of the veterinary community, academia, nonprofits, industry and animal welfare organizations. The permanent seated board members include representatives from the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Among the campaigns being conducted by the CATalyst Council include:

• “It’s All About the Cat!” The CATalyst Council’s umbrella campaign is to continue positive conversations about the cat with veterinary and shelter professionals, the cat-owning public and the media. This includes interviews and presentations at veterinary, pet and shelter conferences.
• Research Collaboration: The CATalyst Council promotes the research done by its member organizations. The organization also collaborates on research that will benefit the veterinary profession, shelter community, cat-owning public, and most importantly, the cat.
• Mission and initiatives: Promotes other organizations including sponsors that celebrate the cat, educate the public and veterinary healthcare teams. For example, the CATalyst Council plans to promote the Feline Life-stage Wellness Guidelines for veterinary professionals initiated by the founders of the CATalyst Council. The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) are partnering to develop.

According to AVMA, there are 81.7 million owned cats versus 72 million owned dogs, yet the reported number of cat visits to the veterinarian has declined. According to SAWA, there is a higher number of cats than dogs surrendered to shelters nationwide, increasingly so in these economic times of financial strain and home foreclosure. The organizations that formed CATalyst believe that cats deserve better care, so its mission to elevate the status of the cat and reverse these trends. .

The CATalyst Council is charged with elevating the status of the cat and calling attention to the fact that there are more owned cats than dogs, yet cats receive less frequent veterinary care than dogs. Most recently, the higher number of cats surrendered to shelters nationwide has heightened this concern.

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