We all know that Lil BUB is no ordinary cat, and not just because of her unusual appearance. This special little girl has overcome great challenges, is a published author, a talk show host, a movie star, and has helped raise well over $300,000 for animals in need. Now, scientists have discovered the genetic mutations that are responsible for her unique look and her bone disease, osteopetrosis. The information yielded by Lil BUB’s genome could have positive implications for researchers’ understanding of osteopetrosis not just in cats, but also in humans. Read the full article about the study at Smithsonian.com.
If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, feline veterinarian Dr. Lynn Bahr answered reader questions, on Tuesday, we reviewed ZiwiPeak’s Free-Range Chicken formula canned food, on Wednesday, we explained how fecal transplants can help cats with intestinal problems, on Thursday, we reviewed Pet Fit for Life® wand toys, and on Friday, we featured Cat Tarot cards.
And since we’re talking about BUB today, how about this adorable video of her getting a bath – enjoy!
Have a great weekend!
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.