Annual Cat Care Conference Slated at CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital for April 3

Colorado State University veterinary students are hosting the annual Cat Care Conference on Saturday, April 3 at the Junior Lecture Hall in the university’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 W. Drake Road. The conference begins with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with lectures starting at 9 a.m.

The day includes information about complementary medicine; pain management; tips for navigating emergency situations; feline dentistry and introducing tooth brushing to cats; and common feline cancers.

The day’s scheduled lectures are:

– Alternative medicine for cats by Dr. Jessica Rychel: This lecture focuses on complementary medicine and pain management for cats. The lecture discusses behavior issues often related to pain, the use of acupuncture for a variety of conditions, and information about which supplements are safe and beneficial for cats and which supplements harm their health.

– Emergency medicine by Dr. Lauren Sullivan: What constitutes and emergency for a cat? What should cat owners do in various emergencies?

– Feline dentistry by Dr. Camille Torres-Henderson: Dentistry is an important part of every cat’s health. This lecture will discuss basic feline dentistry issues and provide step-by-step instructions and tips to begin brushing a cat’s teeth.

– Understanding the complex behavior of the cat by Dr. Jennie Jamtgaard: It’s often said that cats train their people, but teaching a cat good behavior isn’t as difficult as one may think. CSU’s animal behavior expert will provide cat training tips, including the use of clicker training, during this lecture.

– Common feline cancers by Dr. Jenna Burton: Cancer is one of the most common causes of death for cats and dogs. This lecture will provide information about common feline tumors such as GI lymphoma, oral squamous cell carcinoma and injection site sarcomas. Cat owners will gain information about identifying early signs of these illnesses and knowledge about what to do if their cat becomes ill.

Each lecture is 40 minutes with an additional 10 minute question and answer period. The conference is free and also includes free breakfast and lunch. Registration is strongly encouraged and space is limited. Registration can be made by emailing with the names of all people attending, and a contact’s email address and phone number.

Donations to benefit the CSU student chapter of the AAFP are appreciated. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Fort Collins Cat Rescue, Northern Colorado Friends of Ferals and Duncan’s Place.

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital is part of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.