Researchers believe they’ve found a cure for FIP in cats. But you’ll have to order it from Asia to get it.
Of all the awful diseases that can affect our cats, FIP is the absolute worst. It’s a cruel disease, and it’s almost always fatal. But after years of study, veterinarian Niels Pedersen, professor emeritus at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, says it’s time for FIP in cats to lose its lethal label.
The first phase of clinical trials for a drug that could cure FIP ended in the fall of 2016. Researchers at Kansas State University treated eight cats who were sick from FIP with the antiviral protease inhibitor, GC376. Sadly, two of the cats became so sick they were euthanized. But the other six recovered and were still doing well eight months later. And that was just the beginning.
While further research uncovered some problems with GC376, Pedersen found another compound, GS-441524, to be highly efficacious.
Jumping Over Hurdles To Cure FIP In Cats
Just in time for your holiday shopping, there’s a new robotic cat toy, a new tree ornament from Fancy Feast and more.
Robotic Cat Toy Could Become Your Cat’s New Best Friend
Cute, isn’t it? The new Ebo robotic cat toy could keep your cat entertained for hours, or at least a few minutes. There’s something in it for you, too. With the Ebo app, you can monitor and record your cats while they play and play along with them via live stream. And if your friends haven’t seen enough cat pictures, the app lets you share on social media.
The toy has collision sensors so it doesn’t crash into things or disappear under the couch while it’s rolling across the floor. Its eyes, movements and sounds mimic live prey.
Cat food coated with an egg product could provide relief for people who are allergic to cats. It’s not going to be on the market for a while though, so check out our suggestions for dealing with cat allergies in the meantime.
Allergic to cats? There might be a cure for cat allergies in the not-too-distant future, and it doesn’t involve injections or human doctors.
Researchers at the Purina Institute have been searching for a way to help people who are allergic to cats for more than 10 years. There’s been some urgency to the search. Eighteen percent of the cats relinquished to shelters are there because a family member is allergic.
The long-awaited solution: coating cat food with an egg product ingredient.
Cat allergies “have created a huge barrier to cat ownership and may limit the loving interactions between cat lovers and cats,” immunologist Ebenezer Satyaraj, Ph.D., director of molecular nutrition at Purina and lead investigator on the research, told DVM 360.
“Our discovery has the potential to transform how people manage cat allergens.”
It’s A Tiny Protein, Not Fur, That Causes Cat Allergies
Although the state vet association fought tooth and nail, New York in July became the first state in the nation to ban declawing cats.
After years of unsuccessfully trying to claw its way through the state legislature, New York’s bill banning declawing cats finally became law in July.
Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal first proposed a ban on declawing cats in 2015. From the start, the state Veterinary Medical Society fought her tooth and nail.
Trotting Out The Usual Excuse For Declawing Cats
Cures for cats with cancer are elusive, to say the least. But Blue Buffalo and the Petco Foundation are determined to find the answers.The two recently announced plans to raise an additional $2.6 million this year to add to the $15 million they’ve already invested in companion animal cancer research and treatment.
They started the Pet Cancer Awareness Campaign in 2010 with the goals of finding a cure for dogs and cats with cancer, raising awareness of this devastating disease and providing information and financial assistance to people whose animal companions have cancer.
Help With Vet Bills For Cats With Cancer