April 2011 Issue

Research Says: Stress Can Make Our Cats Sick

According to a recent Ohio State University, our pets can get sick from stress ó just like us. The study found that otherwise healthy cats show signs of illness when stressed. And cats diagnosed with feline interstitial cystitis (FIC) became healthier when stress levels were reduced, the study showed. Twelve of the 32 cats in the three-year study were healthy, while 20 had FIC, a chronic pain syndrome that affects the catís bladder. According to researchers, lower urinary tract diseases occur in about 1.5 percent of house cats, and many pet owners canít tolerate the mess that accompanies it. As a result, millions of sick cats are put down or relinquished to shelters every year.

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