Some of America’s top cat experts will convene in central Florida next week to identify ways to enhance the state of the feline world.
The Cat Health and Welfare Forum will be led by Patricia Olson, the chief veterinary adviser at the American Humane Association, a nonprofit that seeks to improve the lives of both animals and children.
“There are many challenges facing America's most popular pet, and this forum … will explore solutions for improving feline health, well-being, and adoption and retention rates of cats in homes,” the association said in a brief announcement late Sept. 4.
A recent study found that more than half of the 74 million cats in the United States do not receive annual health checkups. In addition, it is estimated that only about 25 percent of cats in shelters nationwide find homes.
The forum will be sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association, one of the nation’s largest groups representing veterinarians.
The event will take place in conjunction with the American Humane Association’s inaugural Be Humane Summit Sept. 12-13 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The summit will address an array of challenges facing animals and children.
Further details about the cat forum were not immediately available.