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Catching Cancer in Cats

June 8, 2017

Although we tend to think of viruses causing diseases like the flu or common cold, it’s becoming increasingly clear that viruses have strong links to certain cancers, both in people and animals. Nowhere is this more obvious than in cats, where cancer-causing viruses have been recognized for decades.

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Your Cat’s Best Defense against Cancer May Be Snuggling with You

May 11, 2017

Many of us do monthly or yearly cancer bump and lump checks on ourselves as part of our overall wellness efforts to catch any potential problems early – sometimes with lifesaving results. The same kind of lump and bump check can be a life-saving routine for our cats, too.

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Hope on the horizon for deadly feline disease

November 15, 2016

Felicity Thayer remembers the first time she laid eyes on Toulouse, a tiny, longhaired, dark gray kitten that seemed to appear out of nowhere.

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New Research Looks to Identify Risk Factors for Heart Failure in Cats

July 8, 2013

I will never forget the day nearly 11 years ago, when my 8-year-old, black and white cat Bailey ran into my office howling in pain and with what seemed like paralysis in one of her back legs. I had no idea what the problem was, but within minutes, she was gone and I was shell-shocked. ~ By Heidi Jeter

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Donor’s support pays off in an unexpected ways

May 31, 2013

As a lifelong animal lover, Linda Stone, of Scottsdale, Arizona, has experienced the deaths of her dog (kidney failure), skunk (hemophilia) and trap-neuter-release cat (transmittable venereal tumor).

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Study Update: Feline Hyperthyroidism and Cat Food

April 15, 2013 MAF

Funded by Morris Animal Foundation, researchers from the University of Georgia are examining whether cat food ingredients play a role in disease development.

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Scientific Studies Address Feline Heart Disease

October 15, 2012 MAF

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common type of heart disease in cats. As veterinarians well know, thromboembolisms are frequent complications of HCM, and current therapies are only minimally effective.

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Cool Cats Deserve Cool Science

October 9, 2012 MAF

Being as cool as they are, cats deserve their fair share when it comes to health research. Morris Animal Foundation is funding scientists from across the globe who are using cutting-edge technologies to change the way veterinarians diagnose and treat cats. These new studies are really something to “purr” about.

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Science Heads Toward a Future Without FIP

September 18, 2012 MAF

Luvey was a sweet calico that Ann Hardy adopted as a kitten. As Luvey aged she experienced chronic urinary issues. After seeing many veterinarians and a behaviorist over an eight-year period, Luvey was diagnosed with a congenital bladder deformity. She had surgery but afterward developed signs of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), a fatal disease. The veterinarian believed the virus may have been dormant and was triggered by the stress of surgery

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Researchers Determine Global Prevalence of FIV

August 15, 2012 MAF

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline coronavirus (FCoV) are two serious infectious diseases that significantly affect the health of cats worldwide. Mitochondrial genomics has determined that variations in mitochondrial DNA (mitochondria are the energy-producing factories within cells) are associated with differences in disease progression in people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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Meow-za! What a Campaign!

March 29, 2012 MAF

Cats are purring about the results of Morris Animal Foundation’s Happy Healthy Cat Campaign. Launched in 2008 to significantly increase funding for feline health research and to raise awareness of feline health issues, the campaign was an outstanding success.

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New Cat Health Info Center

March 9, 2012 MAF

The Cat Health Info Center is here to help you learn more about the diseases that affect cats—and how to spot signs of trouble.

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How aging prompts kidney disease

December 8, 2011 MAF

Millions of older cats are affected by chronic kidney disease. The disease is costly, affects quality of life and has few treatment options.

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A Tale of Two Shelters

November 11, 2011 MAF

Feline upper respiratory infection (URI) is more than just a kitty cold. It’s a painful condition that can make cats feel sick for days or weeks, causes painful ulcers on the eyes and tongue and leaves some cats with lifelong after effects.

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Testing New Drug to Fight Feline Injection-Site Sarcoma

July 11, 2011 MAF

Back in the 1990s, veterinarians began to notice an increase in the incidence of sarcoma in cats at the site where injections are routinely given.

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The power of a gentle touch

May 17, 2011 MAF

One cat’s journey from a hoarder’s house to a loving home

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Morris Animal Foundation Expands Efforts to Improve Cat Health

April 5, 2011

Morris Animal Foundation has partnered with the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) and the Winn Feline Foundation (WFF) to create the Cat Health Network to improve feline health and welfare by funding feline health studies.

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Study Results Will Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Feline Conjunctivitis

March 18, 2011 MAF

Chronic infection with feline herpesvirus-1 (FHV-1) is common in cats, and FHV-1 is thought to be the most common cause of conjunctivitis.

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Keeping kitty kidneys healthy

March 1, 2011

Chronic kidney disease is one of the most common diseases in older cats, and it is consistently the top health concern among Morris Animal Foundation’s cat health supporters.

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Deadly Tick-borne Disease Not as Fatal as Once Thought

February 2, 2011 MAF

Researchers at the University of Georgia uncovered some surprising data in a recent Morris Animal Foundation–funded study of cytauxzoonosis, a tick-borne disease that affects cats.

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