UC Davis FIP Study Seeks DNA Samples

20 Sep

The study is seeking DNA samples from cats that have been positively diagnosed with FIP, closely related individuals, as well as cats from lines that definitely have not been affected by FIP.

via The Creative Cat – UC Davis FIP Study Seeks DNA Samples.

Dog Brains Link Pleasure With Owner’s Scent – News Watch

20 Sep

The researchers found that the dogs’ caudate nucleus, an area of the brain associated with positive expectations, was most activated by the scent of the familiar person.

via Dog Brains Link Pleasure With Owner’s Scent – News Watch.

AVMA AMENDS DECLAW POLICY ‹ The Catnip Times

20 Sep

“… the procedure is a major surgery that should only be performed after alternatives have been sought to prevent destructive clawing.”

via AVMA AMENDS DECLAW POLICY ‹ The Catnip Times.

LITTER BOX PROBLEMS

20 Sep

We have taken cats out of their natural environment outdoors and brought them in to live with us and while there are obviously mutual benefits for people and cats, they have had to make some major adjustments to their innate behavior.

via LITTER BOX PROBLEMS.

at the vet clinic: the three things you need to do to help your doc diagnose disease

19 Sep

What’s going on is the animal’s natural self-preservation mechanism. Pain and illness are viewed as signs of weakness by predators and weaker animals end up as dinner.

via at the vet clinic: the three things you need to do to help your doc diagnose disease.

Deaf and Blind Dogs Are Just Like Other Dogs

19 Sep

Through cooperative partnerships between veterinarians, behaviorists, and dog owners, blind and deaf dogs can be excellent and well-loved companion dogs.

via Deaf and Blind Dogs Are Just Like Other Dogs.

Research Suggests Low Iodine Diets are Safe for Healthy Cats | petMD

19 Sep

Several years ago, it was found that an iodine deficient diet was just as effective as the traditional treatments for treating hyperthyroidism in cats.

via Research Suggests Low Iodine Diets are Safe for Healthy Cats | petMD.

AAFCO Protein Recommendations for Cat Foods Appear Insufficient | petMD

19 Sep

The minimum daily protein requirement for adult cats appears to be at least 5.2 g/kg 7.8 g/kg0.75 body weight, well in excess of current AAFCO and NRC recommendations.

via AAFCO Protein Recommendations for Cat Foods Appear Insufficient | petMD.

Does Alzheimer’s Disease Affect Dogs and Cats? | petMD

19 Sep

Many people are somewhat familiar with Alzheimer’s disease, but few know that dogs and cats can also suffer from a similar condition known as cognitive dysfunction.

via Does Alzheimer’s Disease Affect Dogs and Cats? | petMD.

FBI said to begin tracking animal cruelty cases

18 Sep

The FBI will begin tracking animal cruelty cases just as they track other crimes, Wayne Pacelle of The Humane Society of the United States said in a blog post Tuesday.

via FBI said to begin tracking animal cruelty cases.

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