Inflammaging in the domestic cat: A longitudinal study

Petfood Forum recently spoke with Emma Bermingham, Ph.D., principal scientist, We Are Illume to learn more about her 2023 Petfood Forum presentation. Bermingham shares research aimed at understand inflammaging in cats during the “Novel pet food ingredients and nutrition concepts” concurrent session on Tuesday, May 1 at 3:15-3:55 pm. Register here to learn from Bermingham and 20+ other industry experts.

Bermingham explains a study investigating the effects of aging on inflammatory markers, the fecal micrbiome and plasma metabolome in the domestic cat.

Petfood Forum: What is the single, most important concept or piece of information you hope attendees will learn from your presentation?

Bermingham: That we have so much to learn about how our pets age and how to appropriately feed our ageing pets.

Petfood Forum: Please explain the significance of this concept or information to the pet food industry and your organization:

Bermingham: By understanding how pets age better we can design better diets to assist them through this life stage. More research is required about how our pets age.

Petfood Forum: What are potential next developments or stages in this specific field? Where do you hope future development or research takes it, or how you plan to progress it? 

Bermingham: This is a relatively small study in the domestic cat. Increasing our knowledge about ageing in pet cats and dogs will improve scientific knowledge.

Petfood Forum: What pets rule your household?

Bermingham: I am fur-mum to Poppy (Cat; 14 years) and Snowy (Dog; 4 years). My two fur kids couldn’t be more dissimilar. Poppy is fat and lazy (to be fair she is a Manx x British Blue so has always been ‘big boned’) and Snowy is a true to her breed (a New Zealand heading (farm) dog) so full of energy and loves nothing more than to run and chase bunnies.

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