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Spring is my favorite time; new flowers start to appear just outside my special window and the sunshine warms my resting place to just the right temperature. Songbirds are returning to the garden and arouse my wilder instincts...

My human usually gets a few visitors about this time of the year and they often bring a gift. If so, I must investigate (after all I'm a cat, right? And that is what cats do, right?).

Today's visitor was no exception. The gift was amazing! A huge beautiful green plant with a lovely white flower. Absolutely purr-fect for a detailed feline examination.

But wait. I hear my human thanking the visitor for the lovely plant but insists she cannot keep it anywhere near her Winnie (that's me, folks). I hear it is called an Easter Lily!

Memo to Cat Owners:

The week of March 20th is Poison Prevention Week. Easter lilies are quite poisonous to curious (and all) cats.
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He lies there, purring and dreaming, shifting his limbs now and then in an ecstasy of cushioned comfort. He seems the incarnation of everything soft and silky and velvety, without a sharp edge in his composition, a dreamer whose philosophy is sleep and let sleep.


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Every Cat, Every Day Benefits from Winn -Funded Research ~ March 2016
The 2016 Winn Grant Review Meeting

(pictured: Dr. Drew Weigner, Dr. Brian Holub, Janet Wolf, Eric Bruner, Steve Dale, George Eigenhauser, Dr. Glenn Olah)

The Winn Board of Directors and Grant Review Committee met last week on March 11 for the 2016 Winn grant review meeting.

This is the time of year when Winn selects the best cat health study proposals for grant awards. The review meeting started at 8 a.m. and finished close to 5 p.m. with approval of the committee's recommendations for project funding. The announcement about this year's grant awards will be made within the next month, so STAY TUNED for April's newsletter.

Beware the Easter Lilies of March

This is a reminder to all our 
cat-loving friends and readers that Easter is approaching on March 27th. Many of your local stores will have Easter Lilies available for purchase.

As lovely as this plant may look (photo), please do not have them at home with your cats. All parts of this lily plant are poisonous to cats if ingested, even the pollen groomed off their coat can cause severe kidney failure. Additional information about lily toxicity can be found at
Winn at WVC in Las Vegas
Thank you to everyone who visited the Winn Feline Foundation booth at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas last week.

We had a great response from attendees who stopped by. Many individuals were interested in our Honor Roll programs for veterinarians and technicians. For a $100 donation or more, a well-deserving veterinarian or technician will receive a framed certificate specifically designed for Winn and a listing on Winn's website under the appropriate program page.

Hurry! Apply Now for Two Veterinary Scholarships

If you are a veterinary student or know of a veterinary student interested in feline medicine, the information below describes two scholarship opportunities.

Winn Feline Foundation (Winn) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) are offering a joint scholarship for a third or fourth year veterinary student enrolled in an accredited veterinary college or school in the United States or Canada. The $2,500 award will be based upon academic achievement, financial need, leadership, and dedication to and excellence in the study of feline medicine, health and welfare. Download the application and send the completed application to in 2 days for the March 18th deadline. 

Also, Winn and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) offer a joint scholarship of $2500 with similar guidelines. The application information is found on this AVMF webpage. Please select the Winn Feline Foundation scholarship in the process.
Ask the Experts on Behavior

VetVine recently held an online Q&A on behavior. Though the focus was more on dogs, much of the information presented can be useful in regards to cats too.

1) When a pet owner should consider seeking a consultation with a veterinary behaviorist
2) How to deal with a pet who resists handling at the veterinarian's office
3) Training a pet versus the pet's owner
4) Keeping the relationship between a pet's team of caregivers harmonious

Inflammatory profiles in degenerative joint disease interim report available.

Dr. Duncan Lascelles, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is completing a research study on inflammatory profiles related to degenerative joint disease in cats. The study was made possible by a Winn funded grant and by the generous support of Zoetis

This Winn-funded research will be completed later this year,
but you can read an interim summary of the project, WZ14-005, here.

You can watch a video interview with Dr. Lascelles by Steve Dale on Winn's video page.

Winn's Cat Health Library and Blog

We will shortly be adding new cat health articles to our educational library ...blood and urine tests for cats, respiratory disease and also heart disease in cats. All articles can be downloaded in pdf format. They join other informational articles added in the last year on feline diabetes, feline hyperthyroidism, and feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). 

The Winn Cat Health News Blog continues as a twice a week feature. If you are not a subscriber to the blog, we would love to add your name. You can choose to have the blog sent to you by email or an RSS feed app.

Double Your Impact for Cats

Your donation can have double the impact for FIP, heart disease, or other types of Winn-funded research. You can check your eligibility on our Matching Gifts page. Or you will have the option to check your eligibility and apply at the end of the donation process.

Did you know your volunteer efforts may be eligible for a grant to your charity of choice. It is called "Dollars for Doers" in many instances. Verizon, State Farm and Microsoft are just a few companies who offer these volunteer grant programs.  
Make your gift go farther!
Do you use AmazonSmile?

Winn Feline Foundation is a participant in the Amazon Smile program when you shop 
Winn is also a participant in the IGive/Amazon program for charities. When you sign up and shop, Winn will receive as a donation 1.3% of the purchase of eligible items. 

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

Planned Giving (Tax) Tip for March
A charitable life estate is a gift of real property to charity in which the donor reserves the right to live on the property (often a family home) until death.  Since it is a completed charitable gift the donor may receive an immediate tax deduction based on the value of the remainder interest passed to the charity years later.  The property is also removed from the donor's estate so there is no estate tax and less property to administer.  Since a personal residence may produce no immediate income there may be no reduction in current cash flow.  Like other charitable deductions, any unused amount from a charitable life estate donation may be carried forward five years.

For any questions, please contact

Honored Donors for February 2016
Cleveland Persian SocietyKaja AltosaarDr. Melanie Bell
Dr. Marcus BrownMartha CaskeyCrown Family Philanthropies
Misha GisartGolden Gate
Cat Club
Dr. Arnold Plotnick
Lena GubarevNicholas HribDr. Jeanne Morford
National Siamese
Cat Club
Bob/Dr. Vicki ThayerSeven Ortley
Daylina/Trace QuirkMary Anne SchaferLorraine Shelton
Melissa SinghThe New Culture Club, TICAGail Wideman

Thank You!
On the Calendar 
March ~

Poison Prevention Week: March 20-26

Please remember Winn and cats when you Give.

Thank you for your continued support.

Winn Feline Foundation Board of Directors


Phone: 201.275.0624, ext 701

637 Wyckoff Ave., Suite 336
Wyckoff, NJ 07481