Our Work With Cats

Some of Our Studies

From Tip to Tail

Feline Studies

Veterinary Advances for Cats

Since 1950, we have invested almost $16 million in more than 400 feline health studies. We’ve contributed to the development of the first vaccine for feline leukemia, pioneered cat genetic research and improved the health and welfare of shelter cats around the world. We also were among the first to recognize and invest in better pain management for cats. It’s just a small part of our dedication and commitment to help cats live their best lives.

Filling in Remaining Gaps in the Cat Genome Assembly

Researchers will fill in critical remaining gaps in the current cat genome assembly that include gaps associated with the cat’s immune system. A comprehensive, highly accurate feline genome sequence will improve the research community’s ability to identify more mutations for simple and complex diseases and traits in breed and non-breed domestic cats.

Cats are the most popular four-legged pets in America (sorry, dogs!), with loving families that want to help them live the longest, healthiest lives possible. And that means an investment in research will improve our understanding of the diseases and health conditions that impact cats, and teach us how to better diagnose, treat, care for and even cure these threats to our beloved feline companions.

400+
feline studies funded
94 million
cats helped in the United States alone

Early Detection is Key: Screening Test Could Improve Lives of Cats with Heart Disease

A new, two-minute screening technique could help save cats from dying prematurely of heart disease. Foundation-funded researchers recently developed a focused cardiac ultrasound (FCU) protocol for use by veterinarians in general practice to increase detection of cardiac issues in cats that aren’t outwardly showing signs of disease.

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