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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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Better pain relief for cats during spay surgery

February 23, 2017

The treatment of pain in cats has long been challenging, not only because cats tend to hide their pain (a throwback to their not-so-distant wild ancestry), but because many common pain-relieving drugs used in veterinary medicine are dangerous to cats.

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Study results address deadly blood clots in cats

October 20, 2016

A sudden cry and collapse can signal one of the most dreaded diseases in cats –arterial thromboembolism. Abnormal blood clots form in the blood stream and then lodge in blood vessels, cutting off blood supply and causing sudden pain and collapse.

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I’ve got an itch! The top 5 causes of itchy skin in dogs and cats

September 6, 2016 Kelly Diehl, DVM, MS, ACVIM

If you’ve ever lived with a dog, you’ve probably seen a rear leg start moving when we scratch an ear or belly. Or you have a cat that always seems to scratch its ears. Maybe you’ve heard the jingle jangle of a collar as a back foot comes up to scratch an itchy neck. Although both dogs and cats experience the occasional itch (just like we do), as pet owners it’s important to recognize when an itch is an indication of a more serious problem.

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Buzz off! Protecting your pets from diseases spread by insects

July 26, 2016

With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil just around the corner, concerns about the Zika virus have filled the news. But Zika is only one of many diseases, both mild and serious, spread by insects such as mosquitoes and ticks. These vector-borne diseases affect people all over the world, and our dog and cat companions are susceptible to many of these same infections. Pet owners need to be vigilant to keep their pets healthy and happy during the “biting” season.

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CSU Researcher Gets Catty!

March 7, 2014

It isn't every day that you get to discover one new virus, let alone three. However, that is exactly what researchers at Colorado State University have done...

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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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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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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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Identifying Drugs to Manage Obesity in Cats

July 23, 2012 MAF

Obesity in cats has reached epidemic proportions: An estimated 20 to 48 percent of owned cats are now overweight. Obese cats are more likely to develop health problems, such as diabetes, skin conditions, heart disease and severe lameness. Researchers at Auburn University investigated whether they could use drugs to act on two protein molecules in the brain, known as melanocortin-3 and melanocortin-4 receptors, to treat obesity in cats.

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Research Makes Asthma Treatments Safer for Cats

June 19, 2012 MAF

Asthma caused by an inappropriate immune response to inhaled allergens affects an estimated 1 to 5 percent of pet cats. Allergy shots show promise as a potential cure, according to previous Morris Animal Foundation–funded studies; however, they can take months to work, and most cats require concurrent treatment with steroids to control serious symptoms.

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New tools get to the heart of feline aches

May 18, 2012 MAF

Have you ever watched a cat jump off a high countertop and the first thought that pops into your mind is, “Wow, that’s gotta hurt!”

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Feline Asthma Takes Their Breath Away

April 10, 2012 MAF

Anyone with asthma can tell you how terrifying it is to not be able to breathe and how immense the relief is when an attack finally subsides. Now imagine how cats with allergic asthma might feel.

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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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Seeing Clearly: Identifying New Causes and Treatments for Feline Conjunctivitis

January 10, 2012 MAF

It’s not uncommon for cats to develop cold-like symptoms such as sneezing, runny eyes and a cough, especially in shelters or other environments in which many cats are housed.

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Drugs that could manage obesity

December 21, 2011 MAF

Obesity in cats has reached epidemic proportions: An estimated 20 to 48 percent of owned cats are now overweight.

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