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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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Innovative housing for shelter cats improves health and well-being

March 16, 2017 Kelly Diehl, DVM, MS, ACVIM

Each year in the United States, nearly 3.4 million cats enter animal shelters. While many cats are reunited with their families, many more are awaiting their forever homes. Keeping those cats healthy and happy is critical to increasing their odds of adoption.

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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 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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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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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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Sounding off about oral cancer

November 28, 2011 MAF

Research looks into treatments to help beat this painful disease.

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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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Study Identifies Promising New Drug Therapy for Feline Oral Cancer

June 22, 2011 MAF

About 10 percent of all tumors in cats are oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), making this the third most common tumor in cats.

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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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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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Study Shows 1 Percent Reduction of URI in Shelter Cats Could Save $3 Million, Countless Cats

November 12, 2010 MAF

On a national level, statistics of sick cats in shelters are heartbreaking. An estimated 4 million cats pass through United States shelters annually, and upper respiratory infection (URI) is among the top reasons for euthanasia.

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Does Your Cat Love the Camera?

October 28, 2010 MAF

Do you think your cat has what it takes to land the cover of a magazine?

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Probiotic Shows Promise in Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease

October 15, 2010 MAF

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is the most common cause of chronic vomiting and diarrhea in cats. Current treatments, such as diet manipulation, antibiotics, steroids and immunosuppressive drugs, often fail and can sometimes cause adverse side effects

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February Study Successes

March 1, 2010 MAF

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Hormone Information Shows Promise in Diagnosing Feline Diabetes

January 20, 2010 MAF

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2009: A Year of Animal Health Successes

December 14, 2009 Morris Animal Foundation

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Imm-purrfect Perceptions of Cats May be Costing Them Their Lives

December 9, 2009 MAF

Misunderstandings and myths often give cats a bad rap-and may even be costing them their lives. Although more cats than dogs live in U.S. homes, fewer of them receive veterinary care, less health research is conducted on their behalf, and most cats that enter shelters are euthanized. A recent online survey sponsored by Morris Animal Foundation, the American Pet Products Association and Maddie’s Fund gathered information about perceptions of cats and likelihood of cat ownership among non-cat owners. If envisioning the typical cat owner brings to mind the “crazy old cat lady,” prepare to be surprised.

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