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Celebrating cats at Christmas

Press release issued: 8 December 2011

A talk to celebrate cats with a festive look at their behaviour will take place on Tuesday 13 December at 7.30 pm at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences, Langford.

A cat’s Christmas carol will be a celebration and festive look at cats, aspects of their behaviour and the role that they play in people’s lives.  The talk, organised by the Small Animal Practice at Langford Veterinary Services, will take place on Tuesday 13 December at 7.30 pm at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences, Langford.

The talk will explore some of the odd behaviours displayed by cats, such as:

  • why cats hunt even when their food bowls are always full;
  • why do cats ‘call’;
  • why do some cats lick and then bite their owners;
  • why are cats not neighbourly and positively hate the new cat next door.

Dr Alison Blaxter, a vet in the Small Animal Practice, who will be giving the talk, said: “Cats are one of the UK’s favourite pets – they give us great joy and companionship yet much of what they do remains a mystery to us! Trying to work out why they behave as they do in our homes is a fascinating and fulfilling occupation for a winter’s evening.”

The talk is free but entry is by ticket only.  To request a ticket, contact the Langford Veterinary Services Small Animal Practice on tel 01934 852422.

Refreshments will be available and all proceeds will be donated to the Langford Trust, a charity that supports the University’s School of Veterinary Science to promote the practice, advancement and teaching of veterinary science.

 

Further information

In 2011 the UK cat population is eight million [source: Pet Food Manufacturing Association/TNA pet population figures 2011].

Dr Alison Blaxter is a vet with over 25 years of experience of dealing with cats, has held a Feline Advisory Bureau Scholarship, and has additional training in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from the University of Southampton, as well as being ‘owned’ by Kirry and LC, two very special cats.

Langford Veterinary Services is a customer focussed veterinary business providing an extensive range of specialist capabilities and a superior quality of care. All clinics are supported by highly specialised clinicians, diagnostic imagers, anaesthetists, nurses and other support staff.

Langford Veterinary Services is a totally owned subsidiary of the University of Bristol.

The Small Animal Practice at Langford is a first opinion veterinary practice serving the local community. The practice provides an up-to-date veterinary service for dogs, cats, rabbits, small pets and exotic species (e.g. birds, reptiles and fish).

The Langford Trust was established to relieve suffering and to further animal welfare by:

· promoting the practice, advancement and teaching of veterinary science;
· fostering public education in animal health and welfare;
· developing and implementing methods of livestock production conducive to the health and welfare of animals.