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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.

Combatting HCM

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 and note that it is for the Lightning Fund.

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