Thursday, June 2, 2011

Do you live in the UK

or know someone who does, who has a kitten?

I just got an email for the Bristol University School of Veterinary Science looking for people in the UK with kittens to participate.

Well I'm not in the UK, and while I have kittens, they won't be with me long enough to participate.

I'm all for cat research, so I'm sharing.  Hopefully some good can come of it, and we will learn more on how to deal with all things cat.

Why is the ‘Bristol Cats’ study being carried out?
  • Because we don’t know much about the causes of common behaviour patterns and diseases of cats.
  • Questionnaires that are completed by kitten owners will give us very valuable data.  We can look to see to what extent certain characteristics (e.g. aggression towards people) or conditions (e.g. obesity) are associated with the cat’s management (e.g. diet, lifestyle) and other factors (e.g. breed). 
  • The results from this study can be used to help improve the health and welfare of cats in the future, in the same way that the “children of the 90’s” study has helped our knowledge of childhood diseases.

I so wish I could participate.. 


  1. I saw an email in my own "in box" about kittens, from some "professional veterinary" something or other and deleted it as spam. Thought maybe it was a set-up to take kittens and sell them for research!

  2. I agree, I was a little leery of it myself, being contacted out of apparently nowhere. But I did a bit of research, and it seemed legit enough for me to share.

    They even have a twitter feed...


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