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CATalyst Council Forms to Address Feline Health Care
Date:7/19/2008

s. As CATalyst Summit chair and now as secretary of the newly formed CATalyst Council, I believe that by working together, we can all make a difference. It truly is all about the cat," said Dr. Brunt.

Feline health is a prominent concern in the animal health industry. The 2007 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook revealed an owned cat population of 81.7 million, almost 10 million more than domesticated dogs. In 2006, 36 percent of those 81.7 million cats did not visit a veterinarian compared to only 17 percent of dogs. Cats are twice as likely as dogs to not to see a veterinarian, leaving many undiagnosed and untreated for illness, disease, pain and discomfort.

"The statistics regarding feline health can't be ignored, and it is clearly time for allied animal health organizations to come together for this cause. Our mission is to improve health care for our feline companions, encourage responsible pet ownership, enhance the stature of cats and enrich lives," said Robert Rohde, president of the Dumb Friends League and vice chair of CATalyst Council.

More information on the CATalyst Council will be available at http://www.catalystsummit.org.

About CATalyst:

CATalyst is a national initiative to champion the cat in light of troubling statistics released by the American Veterinary Medical Association that show an increase in the cat population coupled with a decline in veterinary visits for cats. At the CATalyst Summit in February 2008, held by the American Association of Feline Practitioners with underwriting from Pfizer Animal Health, key influentials from more than 30 leading organizations and companies gathered to discuss how to improve health care for felines, increase responsible pet ownership, enhance the stature of cats and enrich lives. During the summit, attendees responded to the issues raised in feline health and well-being, and created an action plan to contin
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