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National Cat Day: Celebrate with a Regular Veterinary Exam

Felines first! Today (October 29) is National Cat Day! Of course, according to our 16-year old cat, Roxy – everyday is National Cat Day. Roxy no longer bounds across the house at full speed or herds our dogs; instead she’s settled nicely in retirement. If she so desires, she snuggles with us at night. If…

Dr. Philip Fox Earns AVMA/Winn Feline Foundation Excellence in Feline Research Award

Veterinary cardiologist Dr. Philip Fox, head of cardiology and director of the Caspary Research Institute and Education Outreach at the Animal Medical Center in New York City is this year’s recipient of the AMVA/Winn Feline Foundation Excellence in Feline Research Award. Dr. Fox received the award at the NIH Young Scholars Symposium held at Texas A&M in…

America's Got Cat Talent

America’s Got Cat Talent ought to be the re-named show. It’s a program I want to host because for years I’ve said you can teach cats pretty much anything you can teach a dog to do, but the cats may do it better. I thought it was way cool back when I trained my cat…

Cats with Heart Disease Can Have a Stroke-Like Event, Study Funded by Winn Feline

This is from the Winn Feline Foundation, funding a study on one of the affects of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats. HCM may be the most common cause of death in adult indoor cats, from about two years to 10-years (when cancers and kidney disease begin to take over). We do know that HCM is…

Help Support the Ricky Fund to Fund a Treatment for Heart Disease in Cats

I don’t know the number of cat health studies that the Winn Feline Foundation Ricky Fund has supported over the years, but certainly since 2002 there have been many. Below is a review of a recent prevalence study led by Dr. Philip Fox, veterinary cardiologist at Animal Medical Center in NY to assess risk of…

Winn Feline Foundation: Affecting Every Cat Every Day

Nearly all that’s known about cat health has been discovered thanks to research funded by a nonprofit called the Winn Feline Foundation, which is now celebrating 50 years of funding cat health studies. As one example, if your cat eats, thank the Winn Feline Foundation. Back in the late 1970’s, dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a kind of…

Winn Feline Supports Study Using Holter Monitor for Cats

The Winn Feline Foundation has supported funding for cat health studies for 50 years. There’s no other organization solely dedicated to that mission. While Winn Feline funds all kinds of studies, from cutting-edge stem cell research to studies that give us a better understanding of kidney disease in cats, there are two dedicated funds: The Bria…

Winn Book Celebrating 50 Years, Yours For Free

I am certain that no organization has contributed to the health and welfare of cats for 50 years as the Winn Feline Foundation has. This is the only organization on the planet that exists solely for funding cat health studies. And, Winn is equal opportunity: All cats benefit, from domestic shorthair to pedigreed cats to community…

Paul Harvey Had the Rest of the Ricky the Cat Story

Paul Harvey was unquestionably one of the greatest and most influential broadcasters in the history of radio. Harvey’s syndicated broadcasts reached the heartland of America, as Jessica Trichel of Live Oak Bank recalled during her keynote at the North American Veterinary Conference LIVE in Portland, Oregon this week. Harvey pioneered the use of the pregnant…

HCM Update, And HCM in Persian Cats

When I lost my beloved Devon Rex cat, Ricky, to heart disease, I decided to do something about it. Ricky and I had one of those special connections. We were lucky. Among the cats in my life, I was Timmy and he was Lassie. No, I didn’t fall into a well or get lost in…

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