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Kittens needed for feline survey

MORE than 91,000 kitten owners across the UK are helping with the "Bristol Cats" study, but even more kittens are needed to investigate cat health, welfare and behaviour.

The study, run by the University of Bristol, was launched in June 2010.

Due to its success the study was extended to include all kitten owners in the UK and it has recently received funding to continue for another year.

Researchers wish to recruit a further 1,000 kitten owners who own a kitten aged between eight and 16 weeks by the end of December.

Bristol Cats is led by academics at the University's School of Veterinary Sciences and is being carried out because little is known about the causes of common behaviour patterns and diseases of cats, such as obesity, diet, lifestyle, aggression towards people, spraying and lower urinary tract problems.

Dr Jane Murray, cats protection lecturer in Feline Epidemiology, said: "We are delighted with the number of people who have registered their kitten but we need more kittens to take part. By taking part in the study participants will be part of a project that will make a difference to the lives of cats in the future."

The results will be used to help improve the health and welfare of cats in the future.

If you are interested call the Bristol Cats team on             07827 981412       or email cat-study@bristol.ac.uk.

Source: This is Bristol

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