Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Purina Cat Chow Connected for the Cause
Celebrates Breast Cancer Survivors
and their Feline Companions

Purina Cat Chow understands the unique bond between an owner and their cat and the connection they share. Recently, Purina Cat Chow surveyed breast cancer survivors with cats nationwide. The study results emphasized the important emotional connection and relationship owners have with their cats, a relationship that inspired Purina Cat Chow to raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer advocacy organization. According to the Purina Cat Chow national study, breast cancer patients that own a cat report that their relationship with their cat has played an important role in their treatment and recovery: 73 percent said their cats knew they were sick and needed their support while undergoing treatment; 68 percent of survivors conveyed they found comfort from their cat during their treatment and 82 percent felt that their cats were there to greet them when they came home from treatment.

Dr. Karen Sueda, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, explains that cats are perceptive to their owners needs during an illness. “Whether fighting a disease such as breast cancer or going through a rough period in life such as job loss or financial stress, cats often display intuitive behaviors of knowing when their owners need extra love and support.”

This year Purina Cat Chow will donate more than $200,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure through the Connected for the Cause campaign. Enduring breast cancer is extremely difficult, but having a feline companion throughout the journey helps women receive the comfort they need.

For more information, visit www.catchow.com.

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