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New Veterinary Research Will Help Cats Enjoy Longer, Healthier Lives

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Kelley Weir

Morris Animal Foundation Announces $3.5 Million in Funding for Feline Health Studies

November 1, 2010

Denver-Helping cats enjoy longer, healthier lives requires ongoing research to give veterinarians the tools they need to better diagnose and treat our furry, feline friends. Morris Animal Foundation, a world leader in supporting research to prevent, treat and cure disease in companion animals, horses and wildlife, will manage about 300 animal health studies in 2011, with support for those studies totaling $17 million over the next three years. During this time, more than $3.5 million will go toward feline health research.

The nearly 30 active feline health research studies address behavior, cancer, gastrointestinal problems, heart disease, kidney disease, pain management and urinary problems. Five studies funded by the Foundation’s Happy Healthy Cat Campaign will look at upper respiratory infection in shelter cats. The campaign is also supporting the development of a powerful new tool that will help scientists identify genetic predispositions to diseases such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, kidney disease, infectious diseases and others. This genetic tool will be released in 2011. Learn more about the Happy Healthy Cat Campaign at

Individuals and groups have a unique opportunity to help animals by sponsoring these studies. Co-sponsorships begin at $3,000. Sponsorship information is available on our website, by calling 800.243.2345 or by e-mailing

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