September 2019

Prednisone vs. Prednisolone

Subscribers Only - The most commonly used steroids are the oral preparations prednisone and prednisolone, which treat a wide range of illnesses from autoimmune disease to allergies to eosinophilic granuloma complex, immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, and certain cancers.

Most Expensive Cats

TheRichest.com is a “leading source for Internet-savvy millennials searching for information on the topics they love.” With a pretty obvious focus on money, the website recently listed the 10 most expensive cats:

FIP Research Grant

Subscribers Only - The Winn Feline Foundation awarded $307,679 to 16 feline research studies for 2019, including $25,000 to Gary R. Whittaker, PhD, at Cornell University, and Susan G. Baker, PhD, at Loyola University, for “Generating an attenuated feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) vaccine by inactivating EndoU.”

Cats in the U.S.

The American Veterinary Medical Assocation lists these numbers for cat ownership in the United States:

Predictable Cat Behavior in Breeds

Different dog breeds are known for certain behaviors, like a Border Collie herding sheep or a German Shorthaired Pointer indicating a bird. Cat lovers have long noted the vocalizations of Siamese as an example of certain breed-specific behaviors, and now a recent study from Finland, published in Scientific Reports, found genetic connections between cat breeds and certain behaviors.

Food Reduces Allergens from Cats

A study published in the peer-reviewed journal Immunity, Inflammation, and Disease in June 2019 found a statistically significant reduction in an allergen that comes from cats when they were fed an egg product that neutralizes the allergen.

Dental Sprays for Cats

Subscribers Only - Studies have shown that 50 to 90% of adult cats are affected by periodontal disease to some degree or another. These are pretty staggering statistics for our beloved pets, especially when you consider that dental disease can be a precursor to systemic infections and organ failure as well as being painful in and of itself.

Emerging Effective Cancer Option

Subscribers Only - The Animal Cancer Foundation says that of the 32 million cats in the United States, 6 million are diagnosed with cancer each year. That’s a staggering number, and researchers are working hard to find cures. Among the most recent advances in oncology is immunotherapy. While standard cancer therapies—chemotherapy, radiation, surgery—directly destroy cancers, they also may harm normal cells and tissues. Immunotherapy is different. It destroys only the abnormal cells.

Assemble a Simple First-Aid Kit

Subscribers Only - A cat lover should be prepared for any minor first aid that her cat may need over her lifetime. Special items may need to be customized for your individual cat (such as extras of any medications she is on), but a basic first aid kit can be started with just 10 items.

Is That Cat Angry or Frightened?

Subscribers Only - Your cat is tense and clearly unhappy, but you aren’t quite sure what he’s feeling. Here are some tips for decoding his body language.

Cats Are Resistant to Lyme Disease

Recently, my dog was diagnosed with Lyme disease. When I asked my vet about checking my cats, he said that cats did not get Lyme because of how they groom themselves. I have read several accounts of pet parents looking for help because their cat contracted Lyme. Can you please clear up this quandary and list symptoms?

Happening Now...

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the Canton City (Ohio) Council approved an amendment to the city’s ordinance limiting residents to owning five dogs and/or cats. A lawsuit is underway.

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