The common health problems with the Siberian forest cat as a breed falls into four main categories of illness:
So now we have the word for the disease – thickened heart muscle disease or HCM.
HCM remains a well known heart disease affecting a number of purebred cat breeds. The disease results in thickened heart muscles that can prove fatal in the long term. These thick muscles effectively weaken the heart as it has to strain harder to move blood around the cat’s body. HCM has the potential to affect all domestic cats yet the hereditary excellence of the Siberian breed has made it more susceptible than other breeds. This unfortunate illness has led to the condition of HCM affecting even cats that are still their kitten phase of life. Early diagnosis using ultrasound to produce an echocardiogram of the heart is the best way to identify if your cat has this disease.
This disease generally affects the Siberian forest cats in later life. The disease itself is a slow degenerative condition getting worse as your pet gets older. Enlarged and dysfunctional kidneys are a key indicator of PKDs presence.
PKD is a hereditary disease with cysts (or liquid filled sacs) having formed at the kitten’s birth. As the cysts enlarge and fill with liquid the normal functioning of the kidneys is reduced. Typical problems include weight-loss, reduced appetite, excessive thirst, increased urination. It’s possible to diagnose this condition in your kitten from six months and above. However as PKD’s hereditary there’s no effective preventative measure that can be put in place to avert your Siberian forest cat from succumbing to this disease. The finality of this disease is total kidney failure and there’s no effective remedy.
Urinary crystals are the formation of stone-like minerals, crystals and organic matter and reside in the cat’s bladder. They can form from an early age or will form as your Siberian forest cat ages. The Siberian forest cat commonly suffers from FLUTD. It’s essential that a check of the parentage is carried out to find out if the parents or grandparents of the cat suffered from this illness. It’s not fully understood by veterinary science if this illness exists as a hereditary condition. FLUTD covers all urinary tract disorders including, blockages, kidney stones as well as infections.
As this disease effects the bladder typical symptoms include:
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