Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (AD-PKD) is an inherited condition (passed from parents to their kittens) that can cause progressive kidney failure in cats. The disease has become particularly common in Persian and Exotic Shorthaired cats.
In the future it may be possible to eliminate this potentially fatal disease by careful breeding from unaffected individuals. To assist in this, International Cat Care (formerly the Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB)) has set up a register of AD-PKD negative cats from these breeds in the UK.