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Articles: Ricky Fund

January 23 2018

Winn Feline Supports Study Using Holter Monitor for Cats

The Winn Feline Foundation has supported funding for cat health studies for 50 years. There’s no other organization solely dedicated to that mission. While Winn Feline funds all kinds of studies, from cutting-edge stem cell research to studies that give us a better understanding of kidney disease in cats, there are two dedicated funds: The Bria…

December 16 2017

Winn Book Celebrating 50 Years, Yours For Free

I am certain that no organization has contributed to the health and welfare of cats for 50 years as the Winn Feline Foundation has. This is the only organization on the planet that exists solely for funding cat health studies. And, Winn is equal opportunity: All cats benefit, from domestic shorthair to pedigreed cats to community…

August 24 2017

Paul Harvey Had the Rest of the Ricky the Cat Story

Paul Harvey was unquestionably one of the greatest and most influential broadcasters in the history of radio. Harvey’s syndicated broadcasts reached the heartland of America, as Jessica Trichel of Live Oak Bank recalled during her keynote at the North American Veterinary Conference LIVE in Portland, Oregon this week. Harvey pioneered the use of the pregnant…

July 10 2017

HCM Update, And HCM in Persian Cats

When I lost my beloved Devon Rex cat, Ricky, to heart disease, I decided to do something about it. Ricky and I had one of those special connections. We were lucky. Among the cats in my life, I was Timmy and he was Lassie. No, I didn’t fall into a well or get lost in…

July 6 2017

Will They Remember Me?

I wonder if people will remember me. In no particular order, all of the following happened within the past 10 days. I called the Chicago White Sox and mentioned to the marketing people that I’m the guy whose idea it was back in the late 1980’s to begin a dog days promotion, allowing dogs to come…

April 29 2017

Ricky Fund Supported Study on a Drug Used for Cats with HCM

Here’s a trivia question: What’s the number one cause of death in (indoor only) cats from around 2 years of age to 8 or 10 years of age? No one really knows for certain, as there is no CDC for pets, but likely it’s a kind of heart disease called feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). For…

April 24 2017

Ricky, My Piano Playing Cat

They called Ricky the cat my little “meowzart.” I’ve been talking about the need for enrichment for indoor cats for at least 25 years. What does enrichment for cats mean? Teaching them (though not all cats need to be musical prodigies) and feeding them in a way that activates their prey drives. This clip is from a…

December 31 2016

Ricky Fund Seeks Answers to HCM

Here’s a trivia question: What’s the number one cause of death in (indoor only) cats from around 2 years of age to 8 or 10 years of age? No one really knows, because there is no CDC for pets, but likely it’s a kind of heart disease called feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). For sure, we…

December 4 2016

Saving Animals in Mexico, Saving Cats from Heart Disease and Happy Pet Holidays

Love being on the radio with the incredibly entertaining Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder on WGN Radio. On this occasion, you can listen in (to the podcast), as I spoke first about the SPCA Puerto Vallarta, where I am on the advisory board. It is an amazing place – but they can’t do what they…

November 29 2016

Ricky the Cat Changed My Life

How can a cat change your life? When we think of pets connecting, like Lassie, with people, we think of dogs like Lassie. I had a cat who may have been Lassie. This is an excerpt of what I wrote this back in 2002: “Today, I’ve lost my best friend Even in death Ricky has…

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