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Cat sickness mostly 'stress'

10 January 2011, 19:43

Los Angeles - Researchers hope cat owners and vets will look at a sick cat's environment before deciding on euthanasia.

In a three-year study, Ohio State University researchers found healthy cats showed signs of illness when stressed and sick cats became healthier when stress levels were reduced.

The 20 sick cats in the study were all been diagnosed with a chronic pain syndrome that affects a cat's bladder and were scheduled to be euthanized.

The researchers say about 1.5% of house cats have lower urinary tract diseases and many pet owners can't stand the messes that come with them. As a result, they say millions of sick cats are euthanized or turned over to shelters every year.

To cats, stress might be unwanted attention, a dirty litter box or strange noises.

- AP

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