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Ssssstttrrrrrettttccch... as I finish soaking in the intermittent November sunshine, I see my human is trying to work on her computer without inviting me to watch. Arrogance must be punished! Jumping on my computer perch (I know the human did this just to keep me off the funny finger exerciser but I permit her to think I don't know better) I see she is intently reading something about the prevalence of feline diabetes. Diabetes! Who could possibly have diabetes in this house? I'm too young, too svelte, too active to have diabetes! There is no way I could have something as serious as diabetes! Right? Right????

Memo to Cat Owners: 
Feline diabetes mellitus is a serious and common endocrine disorder for cats. An effective treatment can be achieved with the right tools and the help of your veterinarian. Yet, like most diseases, feline diabetes is best handled through prevention. An annual physical exam with blood tests, especially as your cat ages, is also critical to proper diagnosis and treatment.

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If by chance I seated myself to write, she very slyly, very tenderly, seeking protection and caresses, would softly take her place on my knee and follow the comings and goings of my pen - sometimes effacing, with an unintentional stroke of her paw, lines of whose tenor she disapproved.

Pierre Loti
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Every Cat, Every Day Benefits from Winn -Funded Research ~ November 2015
Dr. Olah Delivers a Winn

Yes! It happened!  
Glenn's ride began in Taos, NM, traversed multiple steep ascents and descents, and crossed the Rocky Mountains from west to east over La Veta pass.  His journey ended in Denver, CO at the Rocky Mountain Cat Club "Spooktacular" cat show held at the Crown Plaza International Airport Hotel. He was a featured guest speaker on the status of research on feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), a lethal viral disease primarily affecting young cats.

The bike event raised over $2000 in donations and over $500 in purchases of bike jerseys displaying the Winn Feline Foundation name and logo. Glenn also videotaped portions of his ride and his presentation on FIP with an action camera. The videos can be viewed on Winn's YouTube channel. While you are there, please join as a subscriber.

Glenn and his wife, Elaine, turned one of their cars into a Winn Riders support vehicle.  Dressed in a matching jersey, Elaine travels along behind Glenn with food, water and a tire repair kit!  
Winn Welcomes New 
          Pet Memorial Hospitals 
Winn welcomes the following veterinary hospitals and veterinarians that have joined our Pet Memorial Program since May 2015. 

We recognize the special bond veterinarians have with their cat patients and clients. In return, Winn appreciates the support our member hospitals give to advancing the health of cats and the human-cat bond. 

The Doctor Veterinary Hospital & Hotel/Dr. Tara Koble
The Cat Clinic/Dr. Elizabeth O'Brien
Berglund Animal Hospital/Dr. Fionnuala Teuber
Wandering Vet/Dr. Adam Behrens
Dr. Bill's Pet Infirmary/Dr. Virginia Lamon
Dilworth Animal Hospital/Dr. Michelle Cameron
Macungie Animal Hospital/Dr. Nancy Soares
The Cat Hospital at Palm Harbor/Dr. Angela Avok
Pfister Animal Hospital/Dr. Nicole Steinbeck
Animal Medical Center, Inc./Dr. Ed Gilsleider
Caravan Vet/Dr. Christa Williams
Apex Animal Hospital/Dr. Kimberly Cary
Tender Touch Animal Hospital/Dr. Monica Wlodarchak
The Cat Doctor, Inc./Dr. Drew Weigner
Willamette Veterinary Hospital/Dr. Steve Callahan
All City Pet Care East/Dr. Charity Arens
City Cat Clinic/Dr. Steffen Runquist
Angel Cats/ Dr. Sherry Zenor
Cat Hospital of Petaluma/Dr. Elizabeth M. Martinez, Dr. Leah Hertz
Willowrun Veterinary Hospital/Dr. Smith, Dr. Langdon
KC Cat Clinic/Dr. Eliza Sundahl
Le Chat Cat Hospital/Dr.
Kathleen Small
NOVA Cat Clinic/Dr. Marcus Brown

Thank You!
A Grant Award to Study Amyloidosis

Winn is pleased to announce a research grant award to determine a genetic cause of amyloidosis in Siamese and Oriental-related breeds of cats. 

Amyloidosis is a group of diseases which cause the build-up of amyloid proteins in different organs, such as the kidney and liver. The deposited proteins clog the organs causing the organs to eventually fail, leading to death from liver or kidney failure. 

The study is funded through the generous support of private donations from around the world concerned about the significant impact of amyloidosis. The whole genome sequencing phase of the study will begin this month. Supporters continue to raise funds for future amyloidosis research.

Samples Requested for Study at Cornell

Greetings From Cornell University FCoV (feline coronavirus) Study:

We are requesting samples including:
-blood and fluid from FIP suspect and putative felines
-fecal and blood samples from healthy housemates
-cats who have succumb to the disease

Samples from healthy housemates of FIP kitties are needed as they will contribute significantly in our study.

Study clients are asked to gather the samples and pack them on ice and are provided with cost-free FedEx shipping instructions.

We are attempting to receive samples (specifically healthy feline fecals) from all 50 states and internationally. We would like to know where you reside. If you know of any cat-families who would like to participate in this study please spread the word!

If interested or for more information, please email:

Double Your Impact for Cats

Your donation can have double the impact for FIP or heart disease in cats. You can check your eligibility at our Matching Gifts page. Or you will have the option to check your eligibility and apply at the end of the donation process.

Companies like AT&T, Chevron, Starbucks, Tektronix, Microsoft, and others will match your donation if eligible. Make your gift go farther!
Kiss Me I'm Rescued
Do you use AmazonSmile?

Winn Feline Foundation is part of the Amazon Smile program. Now Winn is part of combining Amazon Smile and IGive. When you use  IGive/Amazon to shop, Winn will receive a donation of 1.3% of the purchase amount on eligible items. 

Please select Winn Feline Foundation as your charitable organization of choice when you use Amazon Smile and/or IGive. 

Planned Giving (Tax) Tip for November

Calendar year taxpayers should be planning and making your final 2015 charitable gift now.  Charitable donations must be made by December 31 to deduct this tax year.  Only contributions actually made, not just promised, during this tax year are deductible in this year.  For example, if you make a pledge for a charitable donation during 2015, and paid half this year and half in 2016, the amount actually paid this year would be deductible this year and the other half paid next year would be deductible on your 2016 taxes

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Diabetes Mellitus

November is Pet Diabetes Month. Diabetes mellitus affects both cats and dogs, however there are species differences in how the disease manifests. Read more in this week's VetVine Feline Health Byte on Diabetes.

Read more in Winn's Cat Health Library.

Veterinary professionals and pet owners can attend a 1 hour (CE credit) free webinar on Cognitive Dysfunction in our aging pets.
Bria Fund "Raise the Roof" 

Don't miss out in the month of November to win lovely prizes through the Bria Fund "Raise the Roof" Raffle. The raffle will end November 30.

Donations go toward FIP research funded through the Bria Fund for 2016 and beyond.

Honored Donors for October 2015
Cynthia DelaneyCandace HigginsValerie Wong
Susan FosterNicola SlatorDr. Fionnuala Teuber
Dr. Kathleen SmallKC Cat ClinicDr. Arnold Plotnick
MaryAnne SchaferGreg LynchDr. Mary McCaine
San Diego Cat FanciersBob/Dr. Vicki ThayerBonnie Cunniham
Dr. Matthew KornyaFred JacobbergerJennifer Purdon
Cat NelsonDr. Marcus BrownSchwab Charitable (Matching Gift)
Elizabeth JohnsonGranada GelinDeborah Jesson
Barbara DobelbowerSharon ShulbyCindy Carlton
Combined Federal CampaignSusan MacArthurNadine Rund
Stephanie/Marc AckermanJean TaylorJennifer Pratt
Dr. Katherine ChristensenCamilla NybergDeborah Russell
Vickie FisherRenee FreemanDr. Emily Walker
Lisa SnowGeorge MartinezDr. & Mrs. Avi Cohen
Susan GingrichSusan KaselonisJacqueline Less

Thank You!
On the Calendar 

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

ASPCA's Adopt a Senior Pet Month
Thank you for your continued support.

Winn Feline Foundation Board of Directors


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