Despite thousands of years of domestication, cats have retained many behaviors inherited from their wild relatives. Understanding cats at the molecular level can help guide the development of optimal health strategies.
Wesley C. Warren PhD Bond Life Sciences Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Genomic medicine (GM) offers the potential to more accurately predict disease treatment and prevention strategies by accounting for individual variability in genes, environment and lifestyle. Despite many advances, the use of GM in medical practice is limited in human health. However, advances in the feline reference genome, databases, and variant studies will ultimately bring GM to veterinary practice.
Margarethe Hoenig, Dr.med.vet PhD, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, IL
Excess weight is a well-known risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus in cats. However, it is unclear what determines whether or not an obese cat will develop diabetes. Alterations in beta cells, muscle and liver, or adipose tissue, may play a role in the progression of feline obesity to diabetes.
Paul D. Pion DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology), Veterinary Information Network, Davis, CA
This presentation follows the path of discovery for taurine deficiency-induced myocardial failure in cats, and its reversal after taurine administration.
Robert C. Backus MDS, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVN, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
This presentation is a review of current understanding, and gaps in knowledge, about the role of taurine and carnitine in the nutrition and health of cats.
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, IL
The impact of nutrition on feline health extends beyond ensuring that cats get the nutrients they need, in the right amounts. The structure of food and feeding behaviors can also influence optimal health.
Phosphorus is an important nutrient that is involved in many of the metabolic reactions in the body. Understanding the mechanisms that control phosphorus homeostasis in health is important in order to better understand how those mechanisms change in disease.