Winn Feline Foundation Awards $127,411 In Grants

April 29, 2014

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The Winn Feline Foundation[2] awarded $127,411 in grants for projects aimed at improving feline health. Out of the 36 proposals the foundation received for 2009, 12 were selected.

One project sets out to determine whether a commercially produced raw food diet and a homemade raw diet is nutritionally adequate for feeding kittens and whether these diets enhance immune function and improve digestibility. The outcomes to be measured include growth rate, feed efficiency, digestibility and various blood and immune status parameters. 

The long-term goal is to evaluate ways of improving feline immune function through diet, according to University of Tennessee researchers Beth Hamper, DVM; Claudia Kirk, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVN, Dipl. ACVIM; and Joseph Bartges, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVN, Dipl. ACVIM.

"Nutritional Adequacy and Performance of Raw Food Diets in Kittens" was awarded $14,878.

Another project aims to discover a measurable component of a hyperthyroid cat?s urine that is associated with hidden kidney failure. To do this, Kansas State University researchers will apply mass spectrometry, a technique they say is capable of identifying thousands of urine components.

The long-term goal is to devise a test to accurately assess the presence of hidden kidney problems in hyperthyroid cats before treatment is undertaken, thus maximizing the chances for a successful outcome, according to Researchers Thomas Schermerhorn, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM; Gary Gadbury, Ph.D.; Ruth Welti, Ph.D.; and Richard Jeannotte, Ph.D.

Other projects include:

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One project was approved but awaits funding:

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