Siamese cats

Review: Moon Diamonds

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We all know that cats have the ability to change our lives and help us through our darkest days. In Moon Diamonds: A Siamese Cat Story, Madeleine  Purslow shares the story of an aging actress whose world is shrinking. Little does she know that her two Siamese cats will change her life just when she thinks things couldn’t get any worse.Continue Reading

From Cells to Siamese: Advancing Our Understanding of Cognitive Dysfunction

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Guest post by Ingrid R. Niesman, MS PhD

Anyone who has lost a beloved relative or cherished pet to dementia knows the tremendous personal cost. My phone and computer screens still display 19-year-old Mr. Spock, although he left us in October of 2013. His last years were marked with curious Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms, most notably tremors, loss of appetite and a pronounced head tilt. However, he maintained his dignity and profound loving nature to the end. It was the beginning of my personal journey to understand feline cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS), although I had no concept that such a clinical condition even existed.Continue Reading

Is There a Genetic Basis for the Unique Behaviors of Siamese Cats?

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Guest post by Ingrid R. Niesman, MS PhD

The dark horse wins the race”. “Our hero strides forth on a shiny white steed”. Humans have long been mystified over animal behaviors and coloration. Albinos have been alternatively feared or revered. Black cats summon up dark arts imagery. But is there really a connection between a cat’s fur and their behavior or is this just superstition? My research is aimed at unraveling at least a small part of this enduring mystery.Continue Reading