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Oh my! It must be that time of year again.

My human has again set up a tree with all sorts of low hanging play toys and festive, paper covered, paw sharpening boxes and packages. She does know how to keep a cat occupied doesn't she?
This also means the little humans will be arriving and chasing me while running and laughing and screaming throughout my home. Time to check on my hidden sanctuary and make sure it hasn't been found!

Secretly, I look forward to seeing my little humans. They bring such joy to my owner and I'm always treated with extra attention and love while they are here. The season of giving, as I hear my owner say, always brings out the joy in the little ones.
Now if the smallest human would not carry me around by my neck...

Season's greetings to all my readers.


Memo to cat owners:
Please be careful this holiday season because cats can be curious and see loose ribbons, decorations and other items as interesting play toys versus possible health hazards.
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In these days of tension, human beings can learn a great deal about relaxation from watching a cat, who doesn't just lie down when it is time to rest, but pours his body on the floor and rests in every nerve 
 and muscle.

- Murray Robinson
American Writer
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Every Cat, Every Day Benefits from Winn-Funded Research~ December, 2016
Five Miller Trust Grant Awards Announced

In November, Winn announced five grant awards totaling $124,495 through the George Sydney and Phyllis Redmond Miller Trust.

The projects are: 

Characterization of mineralization and expression of osteogenic proteins in feline kidneys with and without calcium oxalate uroliths. (MT16-004)
Principal Investigators: Jody Lulich, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Eva Furrow, VMD, PhD, DACVIM; University of Minnesota; $12,000
The effects of oral anti-inflammatory glucocorticoids on glucose homeostasis and fluid balance in clinically healthy cats. 
Jessica Ward, DVM, DACVIM; Iowa State University; $24,975
Carboplatin-impregnated calcium sulfate hemihydrate beads: A cost-effective, local treatment for feline injection site-associated sarcoma. (MT16-010)
Principal Investigators:  Heidi Phillips, DVM, DACVS, Elizabeth Maxwell, DVM; University of Illinois; $29,169.
Structure-based design of a novel subunit immunogen for development as a feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) vaccine. (MT16-014)
Principal Investigator: Gary Whittaker, PhD; Cornell University; $30,273
Susceptibility to dermatophytes and asymptomatic carrier state in Persian cats. (MT16-015)
Principal Investigators: Aline Rodriguez Hoffman, DVM, PhD, William Murphy, PhD; Texas A&M University; $28,078

Winn's Annual Holiday Photo Contest Is Here
Send a photo of your cat in a holiday setting and/or holiday attire to us by December 24th. 

Join the festivities for 2016!

Is your cat "Best of Show in Holiday Attire" or the  "Most Humorous Holiday Spirit"

One way to know is by sending us a photo and joining in our holiday celebration of cats and their humans.

Enjoy viewing your photo along with all the others in our photo gallery during the Holidays! Send along a story about what the holidays mean to you and your cat for additional mention.

Our panel of judges will select the winners for a $50 Amazon Gift Card in each category. 

Get in the cat spirit this holiday season! 

Life Stage: Adult" Senior? or Geriatric?

Classification of life stage has always been somewhat arbitrary, and over the years various pet/human age analogy charts have been developed.

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New or updated educational articles are available for downloading from our 
Cat Health Library. Some examples are: arthritis, hemotropic mycoplasma, acute respiratory distress syndrome and upper respiratory infections in cats. Available progress reports from Winn-funded research grant awards are also available for viewing.
Update on Feline Fix By Five

Winn Feline Foundation was one of first national professional organizations to endorse the findings of the  Veterinary Task Force  on Feline Sterilization Recommendations for Age 
of Spay and  Neuter Surgery.   Other organizations endorsing include The Association of Shelter Veterinarians, the Cat Fanciers' Association and the Catalyst Council.  Three other groups are considering the guidelines for the optimal age "which may differ from the age to sterilize dogs."

A new web site, provides information on the benefits of sterilizing cats by the age of five months and also offers the opportunity for veterinarians to list their practice - if they provide this service.

Millions of cats and kittens end up in shelters as a result of the delay of this surgery until six months, by which time cats are often carrying unplanned, unwanted litters.  The earlier surgery also greatly reduces risk of later development of mammary gland cancer in cats.

Double Your Impact for Cats This Holiday Season

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 or IGive? Please consider Winn when you order for the holidays!

Winn Feline Foundation is a participant in the   Amazon Smile program when you shop 

Winn is also a participant in the  IGive program  for charities. For this holiday season...
Every new member who shops to help Winn Feline Foundation earns an extra $5 donation when they make a purchase at any iGive store within 45 days of joining.
Spread cheer about Winn Feline Foundation. Invite your friends to help at the same time.
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. 

Winn is part of Giving Assistant

Winn has also joined with Giving Assistant as another way to enhance your charitable giving options.

Every purchase you make at any one of Giving Assistant's 1800+ popular online retailers can be transformed into a meaningful donation to Winn Feline Foundation Inc.. 

Giving Assistant shoppers earn an average of $700 cash back on their purchases every year. Then, they donate a portion of their earnings to organizations they value. Sign up today to unlock great deals like Bed, Bath & Beyond Coupons, as well as free donation opportunities at retailers like Home Depot, Sears, and Best Buy!
Learn more about how to shop online with Giving Assistant.

Planned Giving Tip for December
They say the only certainties in life are death and taxes.  But with the recent elections, tax policy changes are on the horizon.  Among the proposals by the Trump administration is that itemized deductions may be capped.  If so, that may mean smaller charitable deductions available in future years. 
However, donations made before the end of 2016 still receive their full value regardless of any tax law changes in the future.  Donations of appreciated securities before the end of this year will still receive double tax benefits; you get your charitable deduction while eliminating any capital gains taxes otherwise due on the sale of the securities. 
The future is unknown.  To avoid uncertainty you may accelerate your planned giving into 2016 to take full advantage of current tax benefits.

For any questions, please contact

For more information about a planned gift to Winn or prior monthly Planned Giving tips.

Honored Donors for November 2016

Holly Aglialoro Donors with AmazonSmile Foundation Art for Cat's Sake Foundation
Jennifer Bromberg Dr. Marcus Brown William/Ellen Castillo
Deborah Christensen Dr. Kathryn Christensen Laurie Clauss
Donors with Combined Federal Campaign Kristine Conway Maryanne Cortese
Karen Del Tatto Lena Gubarev Karoline Eddie
Christina Fama-Keane Dr. Josephine Fike Linda Foote
Susan Gingrich Arthur Goldberger Norman Grey
Dr. Kathleen Holahan Marjorie Hoskinson Michael Jacobi
Dr. Arnold Plotnick Roger Jeanson Bill/Nan Level
Andrea Margolis John Marino Julia McLean
Kris Men Roger Monaghan Masumi Nakamura
Lorraine Shelton Dr. Raj Singh Millicent Odell
Dr. Larissa Taylor Robert/Dr. Vicki Thayer Scott/Jacqui Polakoff
Mable Roberts Dr. Renee Rucinsky Dr. Marybeth Rymer
Jeanne Shalvoy Dr. Wendy Simpson Valerie Solberg
The San Francisco Foundation/Miller Trust Dr. Daniel Watson Joan Weser
Catherine Wray Rachel Zimmer

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Winn Feline Foundation!

From the book CATMAS CAROLS by Laurie Loughlin.


Joy to the World, 'cause cats are here.
They fill all hearts with love.
Let everyone prepare them food
And let them eat their fill,
And let them eat their fill,
And let, and let them eat their fill.

Thank you for your continued support.

Winn Feline Foundation Board of Directors


Phone: 201.275.0624, ext 701

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Wyckoff, NJ 07481