Study debunks cat-psychosis hype

May 24, 2017

Study debunks cat-psychosis hype

A study in Psychological Medicine found no link between cat exposure and psychosis, debunking previous studies suggesting Toxoplasma gondii exposure may be associated with psychosis in humans. T. gondii may be shed in cat feces, where immunocompromised people and pregnant women could pick up the parasite, but there is no evidence to support the idea that the parasite causes mental health issues.

Scientific American online (5/23)

Is this Australian cat the world’s longest?

May 18, 2017

Is this Australian cat the world’s longest?

Omar, a 3-foot, 11-inch-long domestic cat from Melbourne, Australia, could take the Guinness title for longest domestic cat from a 3-foot 10.5-inch-long Maine coon from England. Guinness World Records is reviewing Omar’s measurements, but Omar doesn’t need the title to gain fame, thanks to social media.

BBC (5/17)

Is this Australian cat the world’s longest?

May 18th, 2016

Is this Australian cat the world’s longest?

Omar, a 3-foot, 11-inch-long domestic cat from Melbourne, Australia, could take the Guinness title for longest domestic cat from a 3-foot 10.5-inch-long Maine coon from England. Guinness World Records is reviewing Omar’s measurements, but Omar doesn’t need the title to gain fame, thanks to social media.

BBC (5/17)

COLORADO Denver Zoo veterinarian adapts feline chemo regimen for king cobra

May 13, 2017

Denver Zoo veterinarian adapts feline chemo regimen for king cobra

After the keepers noticed changes in the Denver Zoo’s 18-year-old king cobra such as discoloration of its scales and weight loss, veterinarian Betsy Stringer diagnosed lymphosarcoma of the skin. With little published expertise to guide treatment and a potentially deadly patient to manage, Dr. Stringer devised and carefully implemented a chemotherapy regimen adapted from feline medicine, and it seems to be working: Blood markers are improving, and the snake has regained some lost weight.

TEXAS San Antonio Zoo veterinarians euthanize ill hippo

May 3, 2017

TEXAS San Antonio Zoo veterinarians euthanize ill hippo

San Antonio Zoo veterinarians euthanized Tumbo, the zoo’s 42-year-old Nile hippopotamus, after a prolonged illness. Tumbo did not respond well to treatment, so staff decided humane euthanasia was necessary.

San Antonio Express-News (tiered subscription model) (5/1)

TEXAS Veterinarian, genomics pioneer’s cloned cat turns 15

April 25, 2017

TEXAS Veterinarian, genomics pioneer’s cloned cat turns 15

Recently retired Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science veterinarian Duane Kraemer and his team were the first scientists in the world to clone a cat, and the animal is now 15 and has had a litter of her own. Dean of Veterinary Medicine Eleanor Green said Dr. Kraemer has been a pioneer in his field, helping to pave the way for advances in genomics and reproductive biology.

The Bryan-College Station Eagle (Texas) (4/21)

OKLAHOMA veterinarians warn cat owners about bobcat fever tick disease

April 24, 2017

OKLAHOMA  veterinarians warn cat owners about bobcat fever tick disease

Oklahoma State University veterinarian Laura Nafe says cat owners can protect their cats from bobcat fever by using appropriate tick prevention, which is far cheaper and more effective than treating disease once infection has occurred. Veterinarian Laura Denton said she’s aware of at least five cases of bobcat fever so far this year in her area.

KWTV-TV (Oklahoma City) (4/20)