Winn Feline Foundation Symposium, Heart Disease in Cats and Everything on Genetics

The 34th Winn Feline Foundation Annual Symposium was held June 28 in Quncy, MA (just outside Boston). This event is arguably the first to bring experts on cat health to speak to veterinary professionals, cat breeders and enthusiasts. Often times cutting edge results of studies are announced.

Speakers were geneticist Leslie Lyons  from the University of California, Davis. Among the announcements she made, a new genetic test can now determine the "race" of your cat. So, for example, with a simple cheek swab she can learn if the ancestors of your kitty arrived on the Mayflower or maybe is an distantly related to cats dancing with the Egyptian pharaohs.

It might be true that feline hypertrophic cardiolmyopathy is the number most common cause of death of indoor cats between around 3 or 4 years to 9 or 10 years. Veterinary  cardiologist Dr. John Rush, at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts explains the disease and latest treatments - if you can call them that....they're pretty lame - and we need to do better, which is why I created the Ricky Fund back in 2002.

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    Hi Steve
    It was nice to meet you yesterday (I was the woman in the black cat-face graphic T-shirt who recognised you in the RIcky article)...and I am so thrilled that you posted a recap of the symposium! Now I can point my friends who weren't able to be there to your blog!

    And hey...there's my arm in one photo!

  • Thank you - nice to meet you, and your arm

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