Center for Companion Animal Health

The 2nd International Feline Genetic Disease Conference - 2000

The Center for Companion Animal Health, together with the Ralston Purina Company and the Winn Feline Foundation, presented the 2nd International Conference on Feline Genetic Diseases at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in July 2000. Over 120 participants from around the world attended the conference, which succeeded in bringing together researchers, veterinarians, breeders, and others interested in feline health issues.

Special features for cat breeders held in conjunction with the conference included a workshop on feline coat colors, and a polycystic kidney disease (PKD) screening clinic. The clinic also served as a training class for veterinarians in the use of ultrasound techniques, particularly of the feline urinary tract.

Highlights of research presented include an overview of genetics and feline infectious diseases; neutering and feline lipid metabolism; genetics and lower urinary tract diseases; genetic diversity considerations for pure-bred cats; familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in several cat breeds; and spinal muscular atrophy and hip displasia in Maine coon cats