How Do Cats Like to Eat? An Update on Complex FIP Situation


Dr. Mikel Delgado

Dr. Mikel Delgado, certified applied animal behaviorist and certified cat behavior consultant discusses a phenomenon I am fascinated by, called contrafreeloading. Listen HERE as I discuss WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World whether or not domestic cats would rather work for food or receive it for free.

The notion of contrafreeloading has proven true in some lab animals and zoo animals, ranging from lion species to giraffe species. But Dr. Delgado wanted to know, ‘what about cats?’

In her study, cats had a choice, free-feed from a bowl or work for food from a food puzzle. So, do cats contrafreeload?

And we briefly offer ideas on how to best feed cats.

FIP Update

Dr. Julie Levy

There’s good news and bad new regarding feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) in cats with Dr. Julie Levy, Fran Marino Endowed Distinguished Professor of Shelter Medicine Education at Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Listen HERE as we describe this incredibly complicated story.  First we explain what FIP is, and how it derives from the feline coronavirus.

Dr. Niels Pedersen

The good news is that a drug called Remdesivir that cures FIP in cats has saved lives around the world of people with SARS CoV-2 who have COVID-19. If it wasn’t for the EveryCat Health Foundation funding a study directly by Dr. Niels Pedersen, professor emeritus University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and for cats, Remdesivir wouldn’t be used to save people. But it turns out the drug could save cats too. Here’s more on that back-story.

The bad news is that Remdesivir isn’t available to cat parents in the U.S. Good news is that a drug just like it is awaiting Food and Drug Administration approval. The bad news is that approval process is taking way too long and waiting isn’t an option if you have a sick cat. So, versions of the drug appear online via the international black market. Regulators need to approve, and the pharmaceutical company Gilead could also get involved.

Stopping Traffic to Save a Dog

Indiana State Police trooper Allison Marlowe and at least five bystanders stopped traffic on busy I-65 to successfully coax a scared puppy to safety.