We mentioned the Winn Feline Foundation in our recent blog post about stem cell research. This brilliant non-profit organisation provides funding for essential research into cat diseases and behaviour. Without the Winn Feline Foundation, these research projects might not get the go-ahead, and we’d be left still knowing very little about killer diseases such as FIP.
The Winn Feline Foundation also gives student scholarship awards to those who will become the cat-advocates of the future, who are already devoting their lives to the welfare of cats but who need a little support along the way. The Foundation’s funding focus is broad-ranging, but includes research into Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), and breed-associated diseases. We should emphasise that such studies involve cellular research and assessment of cats that already have such diseases, and that funding does not support animal testing.
From its inception in 1968 the Winn Feline Foundation has invested more than $4 million in scientific studies of cat disease and health. If anyone were looking to support a cat charity that has scientific research as its basis and cat health at its core, we cannot think of a more worthy recipient.
News flash! We’ve just added a rather thorough article about pet insurance, which we hope will answer any queries you have, such as whether you should take out pet insurance, and if you do what you need to know.
If you think we’re missing any useful information then please be in touch using the Comments boxes. And if you found the article useful, let us know!
Well, we started writing you a post about this, but it became so long and interesting, that we made it into an article! Read the full article here.
In a nut-shell, we look at compulsive behaviours in cats, and wool-sucking as an example. We look at suspected causes and suggested solutions. We hark on about feeding and environmental enrichment a bit more, too!
So, what is wool-sucking? Here’s an example of a Siamese cat sucking its tail – it’s cute, but is a variation on the wool-sucking behaviour so also evidence of an interesting feline behaviour…
The governing body of vets in the UK is asking for our opinion on the provision of 24-hour care by our veterinary surgeons. Pet owners are being asked for their experience of, and views on, 24-hour veterinary care provision, particularly out of hours. The deadline is 17th February, so get writing! Click here to see the letter of request.
For more information on how to chose a vet for your cat, click here.
There is worrying news from India of a new threat to the survival of endangered tigers. The tigers are at risk of contracting Distemper virus from stray dogs that are reported to be being dumped in the forest near the Tadoba-Andhari tiger reserve. Last year four tiger deaths were thought to be related to the Distemper virus, with only 1,700 tigers left in the wild in India.
It is a relief to hear that a 36-pound (16kg) cat, who is so exceedingly obese he can hardly walk, has arrived in a cat shelter in Arizona where he can begin a strict weight loss regime. This news video shows him struggling to move around, but still managing to enjoy some human affection! Please don’t let your cats get fat, folks!!
Getting such a morbidly obese cat to lose weight must be done very carefully. Cats have a special liver metabolism that means if they are starved or made to lose weight too quickly, they can develop a liver condition called Hepatic Lipidosis. This is a potentially life-threatening illness that requires hospitalisation and intensive veterinary treatment. We recommend always getting advice from your vet about how to promote safe weight loss in your cat.
Do you know how to medicate your cat?! Essential knowledge for all cat owners, here’s an easy to understand video about how to give a cat a tablet or pill…