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Hide! Hide!

I don't know why. I'm a cat so I don't have to justify or explain why I do what I do.

My favorite hiding place is in the bathroom closet in amongst the toilet paper and cleaning supplies. I slowly slip my paw inside the door, pull it open and carefully pick my way into the cabinet. Then I close the door behind me to make sure I'm safe.

Oh, Oh. I can hear my human calling for me; "Winnie", "Winnie", "here kitty, kitty, kitty". As she nears, I tense up and prepare for the attack. Slowly the door opens...I spring and capture my prey on the first try and make her shout, then jump out running for the other end of the house. The plan never fails and the action is like catnip to my disposition.

It must be fun for my human as I can hear her laugh and shout like the little ones that have so much energy and excitement when they visit. Now they are a good reason to hide!
Memo to cat owners:

June is "Adopt A Cat" and "Adopt a Shelter Cat" month. Won't you share the love you have for cats with another less fortunate feline? Now is the time.

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If there is one spot of sun spilling onto the floor, a cat will find it and soak it up.

-Joan Asper McIntosh
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Every Cat, Every Day Benefits from Winn -Funded Research ~ June, 2017
A Bright Future for Feline Medicine

Winn Feline Foundation and the American Association of Feline Practitioner's recently announced their joint scholarship recipients for 2017. The two students, each receiving a $2500 scholarship, are chosen for their individual academic achievements, admirable leadership and profound dedication to the study of feline medicine, health and welfare.

Kaarin Muller
Kaarin Muller is a fourth year veterinary student at Washington State University. Kaarin was selected as the recipient for her clinical practice interest in feline medicine. Her plans include beginning practice at a cat exclusive veterinary hospital in Boise, ID. Kaarin is an enthusiastic cat lover who recently completed a two week externship at Exclusively Cats Hospital in Michigan.

Liberty Sieberg and Dr. Jessica Quimby
The other recipient of the scholarships is a third year student, Liberty Sieberg, from Colorado State University who has an interest in research or involvement as a clinical scientist. Liberty recently presented a research poster at the annual veterinary internist meeting (ACVIM) near Washington, D.C. She worked with her mentor, Dr. Jessica Quimby, on a research project titled, "Retrospective study of the efficacy of oral potassium supplementation in cats with chronic kidney disease."

Both students should have a bright future.

Time is Short - To Register

Winn's 39th Symposium

Ending FIP - Is There Hope?

The program will be held on
June 29th from 4-6:30 p.m. 
prior to the CFA annual meeting at
The Fairmont Chicago, 
200 N. Columbus, Chicago, IL 60601

Our distinguished speaker is:

Dr. Niels Pedersen -  "Current prospects for diagnosis and treatment of feline infectious peritonitis"

The presentation is approved by AAVSB RACE for 2 CE credits for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists.

More information can be found at Steve Dale's Pet World blog.

Register for Winn's Symposium.

The Winn Media Award

BJ Bangs

BJ Bangs was recently presented with the 2017 Winn Media award at the annual BlogPaws Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. 

Dr. Vicki Thayer, Winn's Executive Director, made the announcement in a streaming video at this unique conference's awards ceremony. BlogPaws highlights the work of all the bloggers, writers and individuals who promote information about pets. 

BJ Bangs was selected for the award in part because she absolutely loves cats. Her blog,  Paws for Reflection, discusses serious and not-so serious issues about cats. In her blog, BJ focuses on anything and everything that impacts cats around the world. This includes travel, book reviews, rescue, state and local legislation affecting pets, and problems caused by pet overpopulation. 

Currently she is focusing on promoting the Feline Fix by Five program endorsed by Winn and other organizations through sharing the initiative's goals and story.

Be a champion for cats, 
a Cat Health Champion.

Winn Feline Foundation has a growing monthly giving program.

Recurring donors become one of our Cat Health Champions.  Your commitment to make a recurring donation provides a dependable source of support to Winn's research and education programs.

On the donation form, simply select the recurring amount you wish to give followed by the frequency of the gift. 

Which employers match your donation the most?

Here are some of the best companies that will match your donation when you give.

  • Boeing
  • British Petroleum
  • ExxonMobil
  • General Electric 
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Microsoft
  • Starbucks Coffee
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. 
Important Planned Giving Tip for June

An often overlooked way to make charitable contributions is by using other peoples' money.  Socially conscious businesses may donate a portion of their proceeds to charity or by offering matching funds. 
For example, the online retailer Amazon has a program called Amazon Smile.  By enrolling and using the "Smile" site Amazon will make donations of 0.5% of qualifying purchases.  You need to sign up and select the Winn Feline Foundation Inc.  Winn also works with the IGive and Giving Assistant programs to receive additional contributions.
Some employers will match employee donations to qualified charities (usually up to a certain amount).  If your employer has a matching program but needs additional information to include Winn we can assist them with any paperwork. When you donate, the following email acknowledgment has a method to check if your employer will offer a matching donation or view Winn's matching gift program webpage
Don't forget at tax time that you can only deduct the amount of your charitable contributions, not money given by others.
For any questions, please contact

Dealing with a fearful cat?

The introduction of a cat into a new household goes smoothly for most cats, however the change can be very traumatic for some.

This can result in a cat experiencing a great sense of fear or existential crisis. Information 
is available on what a veterinary behavior expert advises for helping to alleviate fear and encourage a smooth transition for a skittish cat.

Cat with research papers
Need Ads about Winn for your Cat Show Catalog

Winn Feline Foundation has black & white plus color ads in various sizes available for the show catalogs if needed by individuals or cat clubs.

The ads have been updated and are also available thru CFA on their forms page.

Or you can contact Winn at i

Honored Donors for May 2017

A special Thank You to all of Winn's generous donors 
who made this last year successful for cats.

Holly Aglialoro Patrick Bowers Cat Hospital of Tucson/Dr. Minta Keyes
Joan Ciampa Cleveland Persian Society Peter Cohen
Dr. Colleen Currigan John DeGregory Lena Gubarev
Dr. Allyson DeVito George Eigenhauser Jr. Dr. Josephine Fike
Craig/Leigh Gibbs Darrell Haufler Laura Kenney
Anastasia Lampert Dr. Dan Lewer Susan MacArthur
Rosalinda Magalona Lorraine Shelton Dr. Larissa Taylor
Robert/Dr. Vicki Thayer Dr. Dan Lewer Rosalinda Magalona
Dr. Patti Milner Mary Prickette Camille Robinson
Mack Schlefer Dr. Fionnuala Teuber Dr. Renee Rucinsky
The Progressive Insurance Foundation Dr. Wendy Simpson Dr. Raj Singh
Stephanie Titler Dr. Daniel Watson Danielle Thomas
Martha Zuck Dr. Drew Weigner

Thank You!

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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