In addition to helping relieve stress and anxiety, adopting a cat will also make you feel less alone. However, be aware that there are cat breeds that are more vulnerable to disease than others. Here are the 4 breeds most likely to encounter health problems according to Dr. Carquillat Delphine, veterinarian in Vésenaz.
Each feline has its own genetic characteristics. That said, some cats are more prone to hereditary diseases. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Which cat breeds are most likely to have health problems?
Cat lovers already know and can testify that sharing your home with this animal can make you happier and in a better mood. Anyway, you need to know how to take care of it properly to prevent it contract all kinds of diseases. Here are four breeds of cats that are likely to encounter some health problems on a recurring basis.
The Persian cat
Due to its long soft hair, deep nose and large eyes, the Persian cat is one of the most sought after breeds. However, it is these same physical characteristics that cause this cat to experience many common health problemsincluding: eye discharge due to malformed tear ducts, bladder stones and infections, respiratory syndrome, digestive problems, kidney and heart disease and skin problems.
How to care for a Persian cat?
This cat breed has needs regular brushing and grooming to keep its coat clean and free of hair from the eyes and nose.
The Scottish fold
With his ears folded forward and his round head, cats of this breed look like fluff, and this is what makes them quite easy to recognize. Unfortunately, this species is very vulnerable and at risk of suffering from various pathologiesincluding: a severe form of osteoarthritis called osteochondrodysplasia, degenerative joint diseases that mainly affect the knee, ankle and tail, as well as heart problems and periodontal fragility.
How to take care of a Scottish Fold?
The first thing you should pay attention to if you own a Scottish Fold are its ears. Since they are exposed to infections, irritations and mites, you should examine them at least once a week. However, remember to also keep an eye on his weight, because excess weight can lead to diabetes.
The Sphynx cat
What characterizes this breed is its unique appearance; -one almost absent fur, large ears, lemon-shaped eyes and suede-like skin. Since this cat has no hair, its skin is not protected from cold, heat or sunburn. In addition, this species can be prone to various diseases, such as skin diseases such as urticaria pigmentosa or skin cancer.
How to care for a Sphynx cat?
Avoid regular exposure of your cat to sunlight and bring warm clothes or a blanket to keep it warm during the cold seasons of the year.
The Bengal cat
What characterizes the Bengal cat is its mottled or spotted fur resembling that of a leopard. However, these felines are quite vulnerable and susceptible to developing certain health problems, namely: heart problems, kidney disease, cystitis (a urinary tract infection of the bladder) as well as eye problems such as cataracts, entropion or glaucoma.
How to care for a Bengal cat?
Since this race is very active and intelligent, you need to give him a lot of exercise. If you don’t have a garden where he can play freely, consider installing a cat tree in a corner of your home or buying interactive toys for him.
Although these breeds of cats are very vulnerable and may experience some health problems, do not forget that owning such an animal brings its share of daily joy and love. You just have to take responsibility by taking good care of them.
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