Cat-lovers urged to avoid breeds designed to have extreme or unusual features


iCatCare and BVA have teamed up to urge cat-lovers to avoid choosing pedigree breeds of cat designed to have extreme or unusual features, such as flat faces or folded ears....

On average, 28% of the flat-faced (brachycephalic Brachycephalic airway obstruction) cats vets see in their practices have had or would benefit from having treatment for conformation-related health or welfare problems (problems caused by body size, shape and appearance). Vets also said that only a quarter of brachycephalic cat owners were already aware of the potential health issues and just one in twenty were aware of the additional costs associated with the breeds before choosing their pet.

When asked last year most companion animal vets surveyed (86%) had treated conformation-related health problems in brachycephalic cats, such as Persians and Exotic Shorthairs. The most common conformation-related treatments carried out by these vets were for:

  •        Eye problems (69%)
  •        Breathing/respiratory problems (60%)
  •        Dental issues (45%) and
  •        Skin problems (32%).

The Scottish Fold, thought of as ‘cute’ because of its folded down ears which give it a round, baby-like face, suffers from joint pain because the gene which affects the cartilage to allow the ears to fold forward, also affects cartilage in the joints causing problems such as arthritis in these cats, even from an early age Scottish fold osteochondrodysplasia.

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