Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Honors Cats

Purina Cat Chow initiative celebrates survivors and the feline friends who helped them out.

Posted: June 2, 2009, 3 a.m. EDT

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Many women who have battled breast cancer said that their cats provided comfort and had a calming effect on them as they went through treatment.
Cats who provide companionship to survivors of breast cancer are being honored through the Purina Cat Chow Connected for the Cause campaign.

The cat-food maker has partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and plans to donate more than $200,000 in 2009 to the organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer. The goal is to raise awareness about the disease, as well as highlight the role that cats play in the lives of women battling breast cancer.

In a recent Purina Cat Chow national survey of breast cancer survivors with cats, 84 percent of respondents said their cat had a calming effect during their experience and 76 percent said they got daily support from their cat during treatment.

In addition to honoring the bond that these women have with their cats, the initiative provides an opportunity to help add to the total donation by sharing photos of support at the Cat Chow website. For every picture uploaded, Purina Cat Chow donates an additional $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure up to $10,000.


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Guenwyvar    Media, PA

6/20/2009 12:07:24 PM

CATS ALSO GET BREAST CANCER ! On March 27,2009 I had to send my dear 14 yr old Jasmine to the Bridge due to extremely aggressive breast cancer. I'd found 3 lumps on her belly in December 2008 & had them removed ASAP. The vet said it was aggressive cancer.She had meds to slow it down. Jasmine had January & February to romp & play,but began to slow down.In her March checkup the vet found a lot more lumps on her chest & X-rays showed lung tumors.Nothing more could be done. When I adopted her in 1997 she was 2 yrs old & not spayed by her previous owners. I had it done & we had many happy years. PLEASE HAVE YOUR FEMALES SPAYED AS KITTENS BEFORE THEY START HEAT CYCLES!! It reduces their chances of breast cancer by over 90%

Cynthia    Lowell, AR

6/17/2009 5:39:59 AM

Cats are wonderful creatures that can feel our hurt and pain when we are in troubled times. My cat supported me and helped me through a lot of troubled times. I never had breast cancer but nearly lost my leg in an accident in 1992. Shirley was my nurse and confident during the two years it took me to recuperate. I don't have my Shirley anymore, cancer took her but I have other beautiful cats.

Linda    Jacksonville, FL

6/7/2009 8:48:35 AM

I wish I had a PURR during my time of treatment!!!

sk    nh, CT

6/2/2009 8:17:02 PM

purr therapy is the best

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