Feline Health News and Updates
Our Research focuses mostly on our breed specific genetics and other general health issues so the links below are focused to provide an optional education to pet owners.
Cat Owner Manual available to download
Feline Morbillivirus identified in the United States
Up To Date research studies on FIP that affects lots of cats every year and so far there is no treatments for this disease.
FIP is 50/50% related to the cattery management/genetic passed by the parents and all pet owners should look for cattery where the prevalence of FIP effected kittens/cats is none or very low.
Some Singapura blood lines (due to very small genetic pool) are more effected with FIP then others please read more and do your research before getting a new kitten.
Erythrocyte Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency
PK Deficiency is an inherited hemolytic anemia that occurs in Abyssinian, Somali, Bengal and some domestic shorthair cats. Unfortunately, in the recent years has been discovered that Singapura breed has also been affected by this genetic disorder. It is very important that all breeders will do required testing before producing any kittens offspring that might be affected by PK Deficiency. All cats in our cattery are tested negative for PK Deficiency.
Pets & Parasites
Heart and blood vessel disorders:
Testing for FIV and FeLV
You can help! in the 99 Lives Project
The feline genetics research laboratory of Professor Leslie Lyons focuses on the genetics of the domestic cat and the development of genetic tools and resources that assist gene mapping in the cat and other companion animals. Feline research is focused on the discovery of mutations that cause inherited diseases and phenotypic traits and in the population dynamics of breed development and domestic cat evolution.
This project proposes to sequence 99 cats to support health care for the normal household cat and our fancy cat breeds too. Many cats suffer from obesity, diabetes, asthma, urinary tract infections, cancers, heart disease and infectious diseases, just like humans. Deciphering the genetic causes for these conditions requires a database that describes all the NORMAL DNA variation in cats as well as the bad mutations! Help us find the good and bad genetics of one of our favorite feline companions!
Read more @ http://felinegenetics.missouri.edu/
Toxic substances for cats:
The following is a list of foods that cats should never eat:
Onions, Garlic, & Related Root Vegetables -onions contain a substance (N-propyl disulphide), which destroys red blood cells in the cat, causing a form of anemia called Heinz body anemia. Garlic contains a similar substance in a lesser amount.
Green Tomatoes, Green (raw Potatoes) -these foods are members of the Solanaceae family of plants, which includes the Deadly Nightshade, and contain a bitter, poisonous alkaloid called Glycoalkaloid Solanine, which can cause violent lower gastrointestinal symptoms. The leaves and stems are particularly toxic.
Chocolate- it's becoming more widely known that chocolate is very toxic to both cats and dogs. Chocolate is made from the fruit (beans) of the cacao tree. Theobromine, a component of chocolate, is a toxic compound in chocolate. Caffeine is also present in chocolate and a toxic component, but in much smaller amounts than Theobromine. Both Theobromine and Caffeine are members of a drug class called Methylxanines.
BOOKS TO READ
"Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life"
Great book written by Elizabeth M. Hodgkins, D.V.M., Esq,-from kitten-rearing to the adults cat's middle years to caring for the geriatric cat, Dr Hodgkins explores the full spectrum of proper cat care, as well as the many deadly feline diseases that are rampant. This indispensable manual should belong on every modern cat owner's shelf.
PHONE NUMBERS ALL PET OWNERS SHOULD HAVE:
888-426-4435. ASPCA medical emergency services -when every minute counts for your cat, dog or other pet, with a $65.00 charge for consultation (very helpful when poisoning is suspected) or visit www.aspca.org
866-266-8635. Group of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine students who have been trained in grief counseling by a licensed therapist, provides a source for emotional support for those who have lost an animal friend or are anticipating the loss of their pet. Veterinary students at the college maintain this free service. Phone and/or email message can be left for our staff 24 hours a day. Our phones are normally staffed during the semester Monday-Thursday, 7 PM-9 PM and Saturday 1PM-3 PM Pacific Time.
707-795-2533. I think my neighbors are abusing their pet. Can I do any thing to stop them? Animal Legal Defense Fund help with landlord-tenant issues, vet problems, neglect and any form of abuse.