The 34th Winn Feline Foundation Annual Symposium was held June 28 in Quncy, MA (just outside Boston). This event is arguably the first to bring experts on cat health to speak to veterinary professionals, cat breeders and enthusiasts. Often times cutting edge results of studies are announced.
Speakers were geneticist Leslie Lyons from the University of California, Davis. Among the announcements she made, a new genetic test can now determine the “race” of your cat. So, for example, with a simple cheek swab she can learn if the ancestors of your kitty arrived on the Mayflower or maybe is an distantly related to cats dancing with the Egyptian pharaohs.
It might be true that feline hypertrophic cardiolmyopathy is the number most common cause of death of indoor cats between around 3 or 4 years to 9 or 10 years. Veterinary cardiologist Dr. John Rush, at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts explains the disease and latest treatments – if you can call them that….they’re pretty lame – and we need to do better, which is why I created the Ricky Fund back in 2002.