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Junio 17, 2019

TICA Science Newsletter - Volume 4 - June 2019

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Science Newsletter

In This Issue

Urinary Tract Disease – A Pandora’s Box?The Cat’s Amazing Built-in HairbrushEvaluating Your Cat’s Muscle MassWINNing CATS FELINE Education & Cat Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds June 21-23What is Your Cat’s Social I.Q.?What Can a Genetic Test Tell You About Your Cat?Causes of Pleural Effusion in Cats

Urinary Tract Disease – A Pandora’s Box?

Pandoras BoxUrinary tract disease is one of the most frustrating conditions to diagnose and treat in cats. Urinary tract issues are usually grouped together under feline lower urinary tract disease or feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC)--"idiopathic" meaning of an unknown cause. It's long been thought that cats with chronic lower urinary tract symptoms have some type of bladder disease. Twenty-five years of research suggests that many of these cats actually have a complex, stress-responsive disease of the central nervous system which affects the bladder, and other organs, creating a "Pandora's Box" of feline health problems.

Thanks to research and studies over the last 40 years our knowledge about feline urinary health has evolved. In the 1990s veterinarians noticed similarities between feline urinary tract problems and interstitial cystitis in women, a condition of chronic bladder pain and an increased urge to urinate.

In 2011, a study conducted at the Ohio State University on 32 cats over a period of three years found that urinary tract disease is not all about the bladder but that stress has a significant impact on lower urinary tract health. The study's lead researcher, Tony Buffington, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVN, and guru of the feline lower urinary tract, coined the term, "Pandora Syndrome."

In his paper, “Idiopathic Cystitis in Domestic Cats — Beyond the Lower Urinary Tract,” published in the Journal of Feline Medicine, Dr. Buffington wrote, “A name like ‘Pandora’ Syndrome seems appropriate for at least two reasons. First, it does not identify any specific cause or organ, and second, it seems to capture the dismay and dispute associated with the identification of so many problems (‘evils’) outside the organ of interest of any particular sub-specialty.”

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Mayo 15, 2019

Newsletter Vol.110: May 2019

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Newsletter Vol.110: May 2019

From the President's Desk: A Message from TICA President Vickie Fisher

VickieFisherWelcome TICA friends to our May newsletter.

A few reminders this month. The TICA Spring 2019 Board Meeting will take place May 17-19, 2019 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Harlingen, TX. The agenda can be found here. Please send any concerns, questions or input to newsletter@tica.org.

Also, if you haven’t already, remember to renew your 2019-2020 TICA Membership by June 30.

As we continue to grow and expand into new areas, I thank you for your continued support and help in creating the fun and friendships that make TICA unique! 


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Abril 29, 2019

Dr. Elsey’s Brings Adoption Event to NYC Cat Café

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Meow Parlour to host first adoption pop-up for the Power of Purrsuasion campaign

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Dr. Elsey’s, a veterinarian-owned cat product brand, will host the first adoption event for their Power of Purrsuasion campaign at Meow Parlour in New York City April 22 through May 15. The campaign aims to increase adoption rates by raising awareness of the benefits of owning a cat to those who might need some “purrsuading” to adopt. During the course of the event, lucky adopters will receive a complimentary Adoption Starter Kit full of items from Dr. Elsey’s line of products as well as campaign partners while supplies last. Additionally, on a first come first serve basis, adopters will receive financial support with their adoptions and waived entrance fees, along with educational resources to help ease the transition with their new pets.

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The International Cat Association® (TICA®) is the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, the largest registry of household pet cats and kittens. TICA was the first and now the world's largest-registry to allow household cats of unknown ancestry to compete for the same titles and awards as pedigreed cats. The responsible breeding of pedigreed cats preserves the distinct characteristics of individual pedigreed breeds and ensures the continuation of predictable physical and behavioral traits for future generations.

The International Cat Association headquartered in Harlingen, Texas, administers the rules for the licensing and management of hundreds of cat shows annually across the globe and in 104 countries. TICA and its members work together to promote the preservation of pedigreed cats and the health and welfare of ALL domestic cats through education, responsible cat ownership and proper care to the owners of millions of cats worldwide. TICA currently recognizes 71 breeds of cats from the ancient Abyssinian to the newer breeds like the Lykoi cat and including wild looking domestic breeds like the Chausie and Bengals.

Wherever you are, you’re in TICA’s World. Fabulous felines, fun, and friendship. ®

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