Healthy cats may get sick when routines are disrupted

According to a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Assocation, healthy cats are just as likely as chronically ill cats to exhibit "sickness behaviors" such as refusing food, vomiting, and leaving waste in inappropriate places, when their routines are disrupted. The research was conducted by Judi Stella, doctoral candidate, as part of a long-term study on environmental enrichment. The papers other co-authors include Dr. Tony Buffington, professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Dr. Linda Lord, assistant professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. To read the full story, click here.

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Posted: 1/3/11

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