Grants totaling $141,171 awarded for feline health studies

Cats trail behind dogs in number of pet-owning households by over 10 million, according to the 2015-2016 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey. But their health challenges are just as important. New medical research grants will help to insure that.

The Winn Feline Foundation (“Winn") awarded ten feline medical research grants totaling $141,171 to numerous national and international universities for a diverse group of cat health studies. The awards were announced on April 26.

The funds will be used to fund new studies in the areas of whether cell-free DNA can diagnose cancer involving the eye, a drug to treat resistant cases of Tritrichomonas foetus, evaluating heart arrhythmias with small monitors, and three Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) related projects.

In addition, Winn continued support for genetics related research about amyloidosis in Abyssinians, searching for mutations causing heart disease in the Persian and Birman cat breeds, and the future role of feline genetics known as Precision Medicine.

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