WALTHAM Articles in Your Cat Magazine

WALTHAM recently published articles in the September and October 2012 editions of Your Cat magazine

Human Animal Interaction

5 Ways a Cat Can Change Your Life

Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research Manager, Dr Sandra McCune, writes in the September 2012 edition of Your Cat magazine.

Experts in the area of HAI, including Dr McCune, shared their knowledge on the benefits of cat ownership. In collaboration with the University of Maryland, USA, WALTHAM found that the presence of cats as part of owner’s daily lives lowered blood pressure and also that pet ownership had a positive benefit on people’s moods.

The article shares the findings of a WALTHAM-funded study demonstrating that children aged between five and seven from pet owning families had three weeks less sickness absence in a school year, compared to their non pet-owning peers. The publication also highlights the scientific evidence of how cats can help make owners feel valued and how cats can provide emotional support. Some children with autism or older people with dementia have also been shown to relate to cats in ways they can’t relate to human relationships. This relationship and the routine of looking after pets can be included as part of a self care routine and help people achieve or maintain their own independence for longer.

To find out more about the '5 ways a cat can change your life', please read the full article in the September edition of Your Cat below.

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How to Age-Proof Your Cat

The October 2012 edition of Your Cat magazine highlights findings from a recent study by the Feline Advisory Bureau, demonstrating the feline population in the UK is an aging one, with almost half over eight years old.

In the article WALTHAM scientists Dr Ralph Merrill and Dr Adrian Hewson-Hughes share their knowledge on how the quality of life owners provide to cats can influence the long-term health of cats. Dr Merrill discusses the importance of a healthy immune system for cats and how dietary antioxidants including vitamin C, Vitamin E and carotenoids are important for protecting cells against oxidative stress.

Dr Hewson-Hughes talks about recent WALTHAM research demonstrating that a diet high in moisture boosts a cat’s total daily water intake to higher level than that achieved by providing drinking water alongside dry food.

To find out more about ‘How to age-proof your cat’, please read the full article in the October edition of Your Cat below.

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