A Europe in which every cat is identified and registered, and has a responsible and well-informed owner, thus preventing overpopulation, abandonment and mistreatment.
This website is a concrete attempt to provide and disseminate reliable knowledge on cats in Europe, focusing on feline overpopulation management and, in consequence, on all resulting animal welfare issues.
As sentient beings, cats fall within Article 13 of the TFEU, and the EU should pay full regard to their welfare requirements in formulating and implementing its relevant policies. Furthermore, in November 2010 the European Council mandated the European Commission to develop actions concerning cat and dog welfare and responsible ownership.
The implementation of responsible cat ownership policies is crucial to control cat overpopulation. These should include: traceability (Identification and Registration); systematic neutering; veterinarian prevention; information, education and training to all targets groups.
CAROcat offers scientific, legal and practical tools for political strategies, concrete projects and programmes to build a Europe-wide culture of responsible cat ownership. The European Commission and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) support this website with their expertise and have agreed to place their representatives on its editorial board to create this reliable knowledge tool.
The initiators of the project are the international animal welfare organisation VIER PFOTEN/FOUR PAWS (based in Austria and with national offices in ten European Member States and a Representation to the EU in Brussels) and the Istituto "G.Caporale" in Teramo, Italy, the OIE Collaborating Centre for veterinary training, epidemiology, food safety and animal welfare.
This website is a knowledge management tool. It promotes sustainable and animal welfare-friendly, EU wide ethical birth control solutions to end the suffering of cats and to tackle public health problems due to feline overpopulation. To achieve these objectives, a culture of responsible ownership must be developed through a comprehensive strategy based on:
1. public information and education, including training of professionals
2. EU-wide animal Identification & Registration and traceability
3. preventive veterinary medicine
4. systematic birth control programmes for each country