A study designed to understand how nutrition can influence the quality of life for cats diagnosed with cancer is getting underway this month.
Vet-AI, the national vet-tech firm headquartered in Leeds, has partnered with a leading pet food manufacturer to conduct a study into food prepared especially for cats with different types of cancer. Pet owners whose cats qualify will be provided with calorie-rich complete food, weighing scales and regular calls with vets via Vet-AI’s digital vet care app, Joii Pet Care.
Vet Sheila Smith, who is leading the study for Joii Pet Care, said:
“This study forms part of our work to shape the future of pet healthcare. Trialling and studying interventions which help pets to have an improved quality of life is essential to making sure that treatments and measures can effectively help animals and we’re pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to pet owners at what is a very difficult time.
“The aim of the study is to see if food can help cats to maintain body weight and appetite while measuring their quality of life through the process. Our RCVS-registered vet team will help owners to transition to the new food over a controlled period of time and will be on hand for consultations throughout.”
The study will involve 30 cats throughout the year, with the results then analysed once the study concludes at the end of 2023, in a bid to help shape and inform the future of pet healthcare.
Smith added: “By taking part, owners will be helping their cat, and hopefully many more that have a cancer diagnosis in the future. The food has been designed to be really tasty which encourages them to eat, it’s calorie-rich with essential nutrition and is designed specifically to support their needs.”
Joii Pet Care is also offering a free vet consultation for any pet owners concerned that their cat has cancer symptoms.
Sheila Smith advised: “Just like human healthcare, early detection and diagnosis is crucial, so we’re encouraging people to get in touch at the earliest opportunity if they are worried their cat may have cancer. Our teams will be able to provide a wealth of guidance, advice and support.”