Table of contents:
- Renal or hepatic amyloidosis
- Pyruvate kinase deficiency
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Arterial thromboembolism
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The Ocicat is a generally healthy cat and has a rather long life expectancy, but it can still inherit some diseases that affect the breeds from which it was born. So let's try to thoroughly analyze the most common health problems they can run into.
Renal or hepatic amyloidosis
Amyloidosis is a hereditary disorder that occurs when a substance called amyloid, an insoluble protein, is deposited in organs such as the kidneys or liver. This results in the formation of lesions and the malfunction of these organs, which eventually fail over time.
Pyruvate kinase deficiency
Pyruvate Kinase is an enzyme that regulates sugar metabolism. A pyruvate kinase deficiency in cats causes more or less severe anemia, as it leads to early destruction of red blood cells. The hereditary version of this disorder is caused by a recessive gene that is easily identified with a DNA test: it will determine whether a cat is healthy, a healthy carrier or a sick one.
It is a fairly common disease among Abyssinian cats and therefore also affects Ocicat, the result of a cross between Abyssinian and Siamese. The most frequent symptoms are: lethargy, anemia, diarrhea, paleness of the mucous membranes, loss of appetite, weight loss and jaundice.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common heart disease among cats and consists of a progressive thickening of the heart, caused in its hereditary form by a genetic anomaly. This problem over time creates serious difficulties for the animal's organism.
It is important but not always easy to notice the possible clinical signs of this disorder as soon as possible, which usually consist of lethargy, shortness of breath and loss of appetite. If your vet finds a heart murmur in your cat, a echocardiogram will be able to confirm whether or not it is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Cats prone to heart problems can develop heart problems clots of blood, known as thrombi, which form in the left atrium of the heart and come to obstruct the peripheral arteries, blocking normal blood flow. When this happens, one or more of the animal's legs may become paralyzed or be cold or painful to the touch.
Thromboembolism is a fatal disorder and requires immediate action as well as long-term treatment. Cats that survive thromboembolism episodes can regain full use of their limbs. If your cat has been diagnosed with heart disease, it is likely that your vet will also prescribe drugs that reduce blood clots. If your cat suddenly has difficulty walking, don't waste time: take him to the vet right away!
The result of a series of crosses between specimens of various breeds (such as the American Shorthair and the Russian Blue) with Persian cats, the Exotic Shorthair has inherited from the latter the tendency to develop some Health problems , some of which are caused by its particularly flattened snout.
The Persian cat is the result of a series of crosses and experiments by man, aimed at making him assume a certain physical appearance. Unfortunately this makes it particularly exposed to the risk of developing some congenital disorders, further widespread in hypertypical specimens (characterized by a flattened snout).
If you are interested in the exotic breed of Egyptian Mau cat , then you are probably also wondering how long it will live, on average, and what factors of health could affect its longevity. The Mau is an active, well-balanced, medium-sized cat with a strength and strong musculature that belies its grace and, in general, its average life span of these felines is between 13 and 16 years old.
As with most pure breeds, the Siamese is subject to the occurrence of some diseases, especially hereditary. Here then what are the more common health problems for this particular breed. Amyloidosis Amyloid is a protein that can accidentally cause health problems by accumulating within certain organs.
THE Selkirk Rex they are healthy, robust and long-lived animals. The risk of hereditary diseases and genetic defects is however always present, in correlation with the breeds from which they originated and in particular with Persians, Exotic, British and American Shorthair.