Cornell University’s Feline Health Center have a page on their website where they list projects they are currently involved in and which requires the help of cat caretakers in the USA whose cats are suffering from a certain condition. Or the project may simply require a blood sample.
If people want to help other cats in the future this seems a very good idea to find something positive out of an illness.
For example, at present, the center is investigating a new class of anti-cancer drug for mammary cancer in cats. What they are require from cat caretakers are samples of normal and cancerous feline mammary gland tissue from female cats.
If you want and can help (and if you cat approves 😉 ) you fill in a donations form and if the sample is what they are looking for they make arrangements for it to be collected.
This may appeal to some people because if a sick cat is at the vet already then it shouldn’t take much effort or trouble to obtain a sample.
Just a thought. It may help a cat caretaker to feel better at a distressing time as their cat is able to assist other cats in the future, all being well.
Source (go to Cornell’s webpage): Participate in Our Studies