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More Than 80 Million Cats in America Deserve More, Better Health Care

CATS AND CAT LOVERS REJOICE — MORRIS ANIMAL FOUNDATION LAUNCHES RESEARCH EFFORT TO ELIMINATE SUFFERING, PREMATURE DEATH IN AMERICA'S NO. 1 PET

CATS TO GET THEIR FAIR SHARE OF HEALTH CARE, HAPPY HEALTHY CAT CAMPAIGN TO UNLOCK MYSTERIES OF FELINE HEALTH

Denver/Nov. 17, 2008 /PRNewswire/ — Cats and cat lovers across America and around the world have reason to rejoice. Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) has launched the Happy Healthy Cat Campaign to help eliminate suffering and premature death in cats. Despite the cat's status as America's No. 1 pet — there are more than 82 million in U.S. homes – cats receive less veterinary care and research than dogs, and too few scientists are studying feline health issues. MAF's campaign will ensure that cats get their share of health care and research.

MAF has launched a dedicated Web site for the Happy Healthy Cat Campaign, research4cats.org, which includes information on feline diseases and symptoms, previous MAF research success stories and resources for cat owners. The site also features a fun, interactive quiz and blog entries from prominent bloggers who write about cats. Also available from MAF are a campaign DVD and brochure for cat lovers and veterinarians.

"Our goal is that the Happy Healthy Cat Campaign will give veterinarians the tools they need to dramatically improve the health and well-being of all cats," says Patricia N. Olson, DVM, Ph.D., president/CEO of MAF. "As the most popular pet in the country, it's time for cats to receive their fair share of health care, but we need the support and donations of America's cat lovers. There is a tremendous amount of cat health research that must be done."

As a global leader in feline research funding for nearly 60 years, MAF has funded projects that have focused on top diseases, including diabetes, kidney and heart disease, cancer, urinary disorders, hyperthyroidism and infectious diseases. Many of the results have led to the gold standards in feline veterinary diagnostics and treatments.

The Happy Healthy Cat Campaign is an unprecedented effort to raise pet-owner awareness of feline health issues and increase funding for feline health research and scientist training. Hill's Pet Nutrition has donated $1 million to the campaign in addition to an extremely valuable genetic database of research data that will help scientists worldwide develop diagnostics and treatments for the most serious feline diseases.

For more information or to support the Happy Healthy Cat Campaign, visit research4cats.org.

Media interviews with experts who study various feline diseases are available. Contact Heidi Jeter at hjeter@MorrisAnimalFoundation.org.


About Morris Animal Foundation: Morris Animal Foundation, established in 1948, is dedicated to funding animal health research that protects, treats and cures companion animals, horses and wildlife. MAF has been at the forefront of funding breakthrough research studies benefiting animals on all seven continents. MAF has its headquarters in Denver. Charity Navigator ranks MAF as a four-star charity, the highest rating. MAF is a BBB Wise Giving Alliance Charity Seal Holder. For more information, call 800.243.2345 or visit MorrisAnimalFoundation.org.

Press Contact:

Heidi Jeter
800.243.2345