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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Heartfelt Connections

Heartfelt Connections, by Anne Beall explores the human/animal bond. What animals can do for us, and what we do for them. I had the honor of authoring the book’s foreword. I point out that most people in America have a pet. We make that choice, despite the cost, the responsibility,  and sometimes inconvenience of having…

Fran Pennock Shaw Stands Up for Cats, Presented Winn Feline Foundation Media Award

It’s not that anyone is questioning the Winn Feline Foundation’s decision to award Fran Pennock Shaw with their 2015 Media Appreciation Award at BlogPaws. READ her work, and I can assure you – you will understand why she’s one of the best technical pet writers in the U.S. This story is about feline infectious peritonitis or…

Jackson Galaxy on Winn Feline Foundation

Jackson Galaxy from Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” and certified animal behavior consultant, TV/radio personality and columnist Steve Dale – a longtime Board Member – chat informally about the Winn Feline Foundation. They agree that every cat alive today has been touched by advances in medicine supported at one time or another by the Winn…

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