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So, here I am quietly minding my owner's business while sprawling on my special elevated bed watching her tap, tap, tap away. I've been assigned the sleeping platform as it has been made clear sleeping on her hands while she is tapping and staring at the screen is not allowed.

However, every cat lover knows that attention for the cat, at the cat's convenience, is more important than getting work done, right? Right?
Well, evidently not. When I tried to assert my privilege, I was rudely though gently pushed to the side and received a sharp Winnie! Not now! 

I usually take this as a challenge and lie right back down but not this time. My other option is to jump down and haughtily march off and hide, usually close to the food dish, just to teach her a lesson. Must stay close to the food as you never know how long it will take for the lesson to be learned...

Just as I was to stomp away, I was whisked up in her loving arms and given a hug and swooped down to the floor. "I'll be done in just a few minutes so why don't you go get a snack while I finish". Mmmmm, I guess my lesson in kittyttiquette won't work this time.

"I simply must get this done; deadlines must be met".

Deadlines, headlines, schmedlines. Cats don't care about your deadlines, except when it comes to meal times!

Memo to cat owners:

This month is Pet Cancer Awareness month. Check out the link and see what you can do to protect your pets from cancer.

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A cat has nine lives. 
For three he plays, 
For three he strays,
and for the last three 
he stays.

-English and 
American Proverb
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Every Cat, Every Day Benefits from Winn -Funded Research ~ May, 2017
Don't Miss Out - Register Now

Please remember to register and attend the 39th Annual Winn Symposium! 

Dr. Niels Pedersen and
Dr. Jean Holzworth

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.

Space is Limited, so Register for the Symposium Now

The FIP Story

There are a lot of special cats on social media who receive thousands of views and Likes.

What is less well known to cat lovers are the stories of our 
FIP Warriors who have battled daily against a brutal disease, feline infectious peritonitis

Some have fallen in their struggle, yet others are beginning to Winn the fight against their disease. The stories are there to share - Smokey and all the other FIP warriors at Zen by Cat.
Or you can follow Luna's  most recent story about her treatment for FIP.

Winn remains at the forefront of this fight against FIP. We are currently raising money for a special grant review this fall for the 
Bria Fund for FIP Research. Please join us.

We can win and #EndFIP with your help. 

The Recent Survey Results Are In

The recent Winn survey about online webinars had an excellent response rate (627 responses) and the results are:

Respondents background with cats:
Cat loving public -                                  42.9%
Cat breeder/fancier -                              25.1%
Humane, shelter or rescue personnel -  11.4%
Veterinary Professional or staff -            10.3%
Other -                                                      9.5%

57.8% have not previously attended an educational webinar,
39.7% have previously attended such a webinar.

The top 4 areas of interest or health concerns for cats:
Behavior                         45.8%
Inflammatory disease     38.4%
FIP/FECV                       37.6%
Kidney disease               35.4%

82.1% would attend a science-based webinar in real-time if free.
86.6% would view the webinar On Demand if available.

92.6% would be interested in receiving a follow up handout summarizing the key points of the webinar.

Ten Lives for Cats?

Dr. Leslie Lyons was recently featured in the Kansas City Star for her genetics work at the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine.

The article can be found here.

Winn Feline Foundation awarded grants to studies that have resulted in finding a number of the genetic mutations noted in the article - progressive retinal atrophy, Niemann Pick C1 disorder and the initial 9 Lives Genome Sequencing project to the 99 Lives Genome Sequencing Initiative.

Importance of Flea and Tick Control 

Steve Dale, Winn board member and radio personality, recently interviewed Dr. Leah Cohn, a Winn-funded researcher 
( Prospective Comparison of two treatment options for Cytauxzoonosis, MT14-005) on the truth about flea and tick control for his  Steve Dale's Pet World blog and radio show.

Dr. Cohn describes how tick disease can even kill cats.
Check out Steve's blog about this serious problem for cats .
Important Planned Giving Tip for May

Now that tax season is behind us, it's time to review the amount of income taxes withheld from your paycheck.  

If you owe too much money when you file your return you may face penalties for underpayment.  

However, if you  received a large refund you may wish to lower your withholding and have more take-home available now.   While some people opt for a bigger refund they are, in essence, making an interest free loan of their money to the government.   If you are overpaying and wish to have more money available now complete Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, and submit it to your employer.  

If you underpaid your income taxes you can submit a new W-4 to increase your withholdings.

For any questions, please contact

Interested in cat behavior?

A reminder if you have questions about your cat's behavior?

Challenged by any litter box "issues?" Join VetVine contributor and veterinary behavior expert Dr. E'Lise Christensen in a free, 30 minute webinar on
May 17, 2017 where she'll be answering audience questions related to problem behaviors in cats. 

Sign up now (you can also 
pre-submit a question, photo, or a video for our expert's consideration). 

*VetVine is an accredited continuing education provider for veterinary professionals by the AAVSB RACE program, NY State, and the NJVMA.
New Orleans 
Cat Art & Film Festival

Enjoy cats, funny videos with cats and art on May 20th 
in New Orleans at the 
Delgado City Park Student Life Center.

For more information and how to get tickets to attend, please click here.

While you are doing so, please support Art for Cat's Sake, a Foundation that supports Winn's mission to improve the lives of every cat, every day.

Winn is sponsoring the Cat Art Contest at the 4th New Orleans Cat Art and Film Festival in May.

Honored Donors for April 2017

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

Holly Aglialoro Benevity Inc. Christine Bennett
Patrick Bowers Dr. Marcus Brown Dr. Kathryn Christensen
Combined Federal Campaign Susan Gingrich Lena Gubarev
Catherine Coyle Alexander Evans Sloan Fader
Linda Foote David Gilmore Golden Gate Cat Club
Norman Grey Donald Higgason Dr. Arnold Plotnick
Roger Jeanson Lorraine Shelton Dr. Larissa Taylor
Robert/Dr. Vicki Thayer Dr. Dan Lewer Rosalinda Magalona
John Marino M. Louise Minnick Dr. John O' Neill
Steven Pertusati Jennifer Pardon Dr. Renee Rucinsky
Faith Sauvage Dr. Wendy Simpson Dr. Raj Singh
Marsha Stanton Starbucks Coffee Company Danielle Thomas
Catherine Wray Sandy Traipakdeekul Claus/Suzanne Wehnert
Anne Zender Dr. Ann Brownlee Willowrun Veterinary Hospital

Thank You!

On the Calendar 

BlogPaws Conference: May 18-20, Winn Roundtable Presentation with Steve Dale, Dr. Vicki Thayer, and 
Dr. Shila Nordone on May 18

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