Most Common Persian Cat Diseases

The Persian cat is one of the oldest and most desirable races known. Due to its peculiar physical constitution the Persian cat suffers from some recurring problems of which we will inform you in this article. By this we do not mean that the Persian cats are diseased, for if they are provided with all the needs that their morphology needs they do not usually have problems.

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In this article of YourCatCareguide we will show you the most common diseases of the Persian Cat , to learn how to prevent them.

Take note of all and be sure to make regular visits to the veterinarian to make sure that your cat’s health is in perfect condition.

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Persian cats are a feline breed whose fur is longer and dense. Therefore, cats are more likely to suffer from trichobezoar than other felines with shorter hair.

The tricobezoars are balls of hair that form in the stomach and in the digestive tract of the cat. Usually cats regurgitate the balls of fur, but sometimes they accumulate in the stomach. When this happens, cats go very badly and may even have serious consequences for the feline’s health. The veterinarian should intervene as soon as possible to solve the problem.

To prevent the tricobezoares must brush the Persian cat daily , thus eliminating death. You should administer cat malt, or pharmaceutical paraffin oil to get the tricobezoars out.

Polycystic Rim

Persian cats are a race prone to suffer from this disease , which consists of the development of cysts in the renal area, which if not treated grow and multiply. It is estimated that about 38% of Persian cats suffer from this hereditary disease.

For this reason, Persian cats should perform annual ultrasound from the first 12 months of life. If you see that you have kidney cysts, the veterinarian will indicate your treatment.

If no monitoring is done, it is common for affected Persian cats to suddenly collapse at 7-8 years of age, dying as a consequence of kidney problems.

Breathing problems

If you look at the face of the Persian cat, one of the things that catches your eye is its large flat eyes . Both of these characteristics sometimes cause side effects to feline health.

The fact of having the muzzle so little pronounced makes your nasal passage is very short and is more sensitive to cold, heat, humidity or dry environment. Which impacts on the efficiency of your breathing. For this reason Persian cats are not as active as other races, whose breathing is more efficient and allows them to oxygenate their blood better.

Heart problems

One consequence of lack of correct breathing is that sooner or later this condition translates into heart problems . Persian Persian cats are more likely to suffer from these diseases.

A proven curiosity is that less than 10% of Persian cats suffer from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In this anomaly the left camera of the cardiac muscle develops more, which can cause the sudden death of the cat. The curious thing is that this disease affects practically only the male cats, being the females very to the margin of this disease.

Eye problems

The special shape of Persian cat eyes can also cause problems. Next we will explain the most important ones:

  • Congenital anquilobléfaro . This hereditary anomaly usually occurs in the blue Persian cat. It consists of the union through a membrane between the upper and lower eyelid.
  • Congenital epiphora . It consists of an excessive lacrimation of the tear duct, which results in the oxidation of the ocular area and the infection by bacteria or fungi of the affected area. There are specific medications to decrease this anomaly. It is a hereditary disease.
  • Entrópio . This is when the cat’s eyelashes rub and irritate the cornea as a result of the inversion of the margin of the eyelid. It causes excessive tearing, causing the cat to have the cats parted and a corneal vascularization that causes ulcerations. It should be treated surgically.
  • Primary glaucoma . It consists of excessive blood pressure in the eye, which results in opacity and loss of vision. Should be treated with surgery.

Common Problems

There are some common problems among Persian cats, so it is convenient to know them.

  • Oculocutaneous albinism . It is an autosomal recessive trait that causes a mild species of albinism that affects the cat’s hair, making it clearer than normal. Where the effects of this anomaly are most evident is that the cat suffers from photophobia and is more sensitive to infections. The veterinarian should treat the symptoms.
  • Dermatitis of the skin folds . Refers to irritation of the cat’s face folds as a result of excessive tearing.
  • Seborrhea oily . The symptoms that the veterinarian should treat consist of a scaly and oily skin.
  • Dislocation of the patella . It causes chafing and prevents the cat from jumping without hesitation.
  • Hip dysplasia . It is when the joint between the head of the femur and the hip joint fails. Causes lame, the cat stops jumping and has pain when moving.
  • Kidney stones . Stones in the kidney that should be eliminated with surgery. 80% of obese Persian cats suffer from this disease.

Have you recently adopted a cat of this breed? See our article on Persian cat names .

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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