The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
Visit conference.ava.com.au to register.    To download a pdf file of the entire program click here.
Thursday, May 17 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Are we meeting the welfare needs of pet cats in Australia?

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A growing number of pet cats in Australia are being kept solely indoors. Their welfare is therefore highly dependent on the care and resources provided by their owners. A survey of over 12,000 cat owners in Australia revealed that a significant proportion of cat owners are not providing adequate basic resources for their cats, such as sufficient litter trays that are cleaned frequently enough, scratching materials, or feeding in a way that fulfils their natural predatory behaviours. Combined, these inadequate provisions are likely to be having adverse consequences on their health and welfare. Indeed a high proportion of owners also reported urinary tract disorders and inappropriate toileting, and there was a positive association between this and several factors related to the cats environment and care. Survey respondents reported that they most commonly obtained advice about feeding and toileting management from veterinarians, and thus in highlighting these issues there is a huge opportunity for veterinarians to have a widespread impact on improving the welfare of pet cats.


Thursday May 17, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am
Mezzanine M3 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre