The campaign aims to spur discovery of new ways for veterinarians to diagnose, prevent and treat diseases in cats. MAF also will work to educate cat owns about health issues and the need for feline preventative care.
"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 Dr. Patricia N. Olson, MAF president and chief executive officer. "As the most popular pet in the country, it's time for cats to receive their fair share of health care. There is a tremendous amount of cat health research that must be done."
Hill's Pet Nutrition has donated $1 million to the campaign, in addition to the information in a genetic database that will help scientists develop diagnostics and treatments for feline diseases.