CFA Accepts Bengals
The Cat Fanciers' Association has finally recognized our beauiful breed after decades. The effort to gain acceptnce was gained thanks to a number of decidated breeders led by Marianne Byrne and Rich Nolte. This was a major story in The Bengal Bulletin (of course!) and can be seen here. CFA is accepting a mulitude of Bengal colors also.
The Fight Against FIP May End Soon
“There is finally light at the end
of the tunnel,” according to Dr.
Niels C. Pedersen, University of California
Davis (USA), in his summary of 2015’s
research. He has been inv estigating Feline
Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) for 50 years,
but says that very recent advances in the
understanding of how FIP behaves in cats
and of possible antiviral drugs means that
“we have entered a new era that might
finally see a cure for cats suffering from
FIP. Read the full report at this address.
The TIBCS Lightning Fund raises money to combat
HCM in the Bengal breed. Currently ongoing
research is searching for the genetic mutations
in the DNA of HCM positive Bengals. We need
more samples from both HCM positive Bengals
and Bengals over 8 years old who are test HCM
negative in that age group. It is estimated that
another year and another grant will be needed to
develop a test for HCM. Two potentially related
variants have been located and the search for
more continues daily.
You can help by donating
to the Lightning Fund. Any amount would be
very appreciated. Send it by Paypal to the e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org and note that it is for the
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