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AWIC Resource Series No. 39
April 2007
Updates The Cat, QB 94-25.

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This bibliography about the use of cats in research is organized in sections based on topics of interest for scientists and others who are using or plan to use cats in research. Many of the records would also be useful to cat owners, veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The eight sections or categories of the bibliography are: alternatives, diabetes, environmental enrichment, housing, nutrition, pharmacology, research models and surgical techniques. Ninety-four percent of the citations in this work can be identified with an international standard serial number (ISSN), international standard book number (ISBN), dissertation or National Agricultural library call numbers. A high percentage of records without a number can be searched on the Internet by a uniform resource locator (URL).

Multiple sources were searched for citations published between the years 1974 to 2007. The sources of information include peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, theses, annual reports, dissertations, books, monographs, letters, web pages, reviews, and patents.

Diabetes and its assorted physiological disorders are so prevalent in older, obese cats that a category was designated for that illness. In many of the records this disease in cats is studied as a model for maturity onset or type II diabetes in humans. In the United States, approximately eighteen million people are affected with this form of diabetes. Many other diseases and physiological systems of the cat are also studied as models for humans. Feline immunodeficiency virus is used to study human immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia is used as a model to study leukemia in humans. The nutrition section has a number if citations focused on amino acid requirements or deficiencies in cats. A large percentage of the studies cited are related to neurological, hearing and vision disorders, and research.

As warm-blooded vertebrates, cats used in research are one of the many species protected by the Federal Animal Welfare Act. USDA inspectors review laboratory facilities and research protocols in studies where cats are used for compliance with animal welfare regulations.

This bibliographic information is an update to an earlier Animal Welfare Information Center, Quick Bibliography, The Cat, QB 94-25, ISSN: 1052-5378.

Information on how to request materials that are included in the collection of the National Agricultural Library (NAL) may be found at:

Readers are cautioned as to the dynamic nature of the internet and the fact that Web addresses and content are subject to change. All sites are current as of April 2007.

Last Modified: Jan 23, 2014

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