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Graduation Year


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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Organismal Biology

Reader 1

Elise Ferree

Reader 2

Marion Preest

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2023 Sydney C Jackson


Feline chronic gingivostomatitis (FCGS) is a relatively rare autoimmune condition in cats that affects their mouths with no known cause. Scientists over the last 25 years have noticed that many cats with FCGS have had histories of an upper respiratory virus called feline calicivirus (FCV). The goal of this study is to explore the comorbidity and association these diseases have with each other in the hopes to provide more information about how FCGS arises. The proposed study plans to study cats with both diseases, one of the diseases, and healthy cats to make connections between the conditions and establish trends in comorbidity. Pain level, antibody levels, and concentration of T cells will be measured to quantify disease presentation and progression. In the end, the hope is to get closer to finding a possible cause of FCGS to allow for more treatment options and a potential cure in the future.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.