Vet protocols and resources

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Vet transport mediaThe following documents have been produced solely for veterinary surgeons providing care to cats in the care of Cats Protection (CP).

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. 

Cats Protection veterinary profession survey 2019

The UK's leading feline welfare charity is seeking information on the veterinary profession’s perception of its work. It is seeking anyone who works within a practice setting to complete a questionnaire. The questionnaires are available within the recent edition of the CP Clinic magazine and also online at

Conclusions drawn from the questionnaire will be used to improve the way the charity works with and supports the veterinary profession. As an incentive to putting pen to paper all entrants leaving contact details will be in with a chance to win one of five luxury M&S food hampers. Closing date for the survey is 30 September 2019.

The veterinary guide - 2015 editionVeterinary guide cover

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.

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Procedures and flow charts for cats in Cats Protection's care

Diarrhoea Procedure - PDF - 1.5MB - Download

CP's Routine Parasite Control Procedures - PDF - 253KB - Download

Heart murmurs flow chart - PDF - 419KB - Download

Hyperthyroid flow chart - PDF - 600KB - Download

Kidney protocol flow chart - PDF - 621KB - Download

Ringworm procedures - PDF - 429KB - Download

Skin disease flow chart - PDF - 713KB - Download

Skin disease protocol - PDF - 342KB - Download

Feline Parvovirus FPV procedures - PDF - 111KB - Download

CP FCoV and FIP procedures - PDF - 156KB - Download

FIV/FeLV flow charts - PDF - 129KB - Download

Upper respiratory diseaase procedure - PDF - 705KB - Download

Advice for adopters of Cats Protection cats

Adopting a cat that that has potentially zoonotic diarrhoea - Advice for adopters - PDF - 69KB - Download

Dentistry - Advice for adopters - PDF - 69KB - Download

Heart murmurs - Advice for adopters - PDF - 47KB - Download

Neutering - Post operative advice for adopters - PDF - 69KB - Download

Vaccinations - Advice for adopters - PDF - 269KB - Download

Other guidance

Assessment of feline neutered status - PDF - 62KB - 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 - 241KB - Download

Essential and veterinary guide leaflets

Our Essential and Veterinary guides cover all aspects of cat ownership and common medical issues.

They can be downloaded directly from the website or ordered using the Essential and veterinary guide leaflet order form.

Paws to Listen 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.

Download the order form

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