Vaccination against FIP and FIV: is it possible?

Vaccination against FIP and FIV: is it possible? By Pr. Oswald Jarrett, University of Glasgow, 2007.(Reprinted with permission). FIP Introduction FIP is a fatal disease caused by infection with feline coronavirus (FCoV). Although the virus is very common in domestic cats, particularly in multi-cat households, most infected cats remain healthy and the disease occurs only in a small proportion of…

Polyps - Frequently asked questions

Polyps - Frequently asked questions By Cat Moody, Stormwatch Maine Coons(Reprinted with permission) Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian, just a breeder who experienced the problem of polyps many, many times. Please consult your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment of the problem. This is just intended to give some practical background information on what polyps are, what my experience has…

PKD in Persians and other breeds

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) in Persians and other breeds By Dr. Ingrid Putcuyps, veterinarian. 2005.(Reprinted with permission.) What is Polycystic Kidney Disease – PKD? PKD is a hereditary kidney disorder, which implicates that there are already cysts present at birth and usually in both kidneys. These cysts are cavities filled with fluids that originate from normal kidney tissue. In kittens these…

Myosin Binding Protein C 3 (MyBPC 3) gene

Myosin Binding Protein C 3 (MyBPC3) gene A report on Drs Meurs & Kittleson works on MyBPC3 mutation gene & DNA-based test. By Catherine Muller-Sautreau, Ailuropus cattery, France. (Written in 2006, January)(Reprinted with permission)   A DNA-based test for the myosin-binding protein C gene mutation, which has been proven to be causative for HCM in Maine Coon cats, is now available…

MyBPC3 DNA test

MyBPC3 DNA test A report on Drs Meurs & Kittleson works on MyBPC3 mutation gene & DNA-based test. By Catherine Muller-Sautreau, Ailuropus cattery, France. (Written in 2006, January)(Reprinted with permission)   A DNA-based test for the myosin-binding protein C gene mutation, which has been proven to be causative for HCM in Maine Coon cats, is now available to breeders.   Disclaimer:…

Mouth and Teeth Problems in Cats

Mouth- and teethproblems in Cats By Lies Klösters, 2006 Humans and animals can develop all sorts of tooth problems. The problems that occur mostly in humans (caries under the influence of sugar) don't often occur in animals because most animals eat much less sugar than humans do. Still, your pet could develop tooth problems. A single check-up will tell you…

Indications for vaccination against feline leukaemia virus

Indications for vaccination against feline leukaemia virus By Pr. Oswald Jarrett, University of Glasgow, 2007. (Reprinted with permission). Introduction: why is FeLV important? FeLV is the cause of several serious, ultimately fatal, diseases in the cat, particularly lymphomas, anaemia and immunodeficiency. Of cats that develop a persistent infection, almost 90% die within 4 years of becoming infected. Young kittens are…

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a genetic disease that affects cats, dogs, pigs, and people. How it is passed on in generations is still not clearly discovered. Since the 1970's it is known that HCM is the common cause of heart failure, thrombus, and sudden death in cats. A major study has been done on Maine Coon cats in…

Health Programmes: what is it all about?

By Ulrika Olsson Health Programmes: what is it all about? Most breeders work, more or less actively, to improve the health of the cats they breed. Far from all however know what a health programme is and how it should be designed in order to give the best possible results. Although studies have been done by geneticists on the subject…

HCM, The Silent Killer

HCM, The Silent Killer By Francesca Doria, 2006.(Reprinted with permission.) This is the story of Francesca Doria, a Ragdoll breeder, who has had to deal with HCM in her cattery in a very hard way. This is not a scientific study of HCM, and no rights can be derived from this article. But it does give an expression of the emotions…

Flat Chest Kitten Syndrome

Flat Chest Kitten Syndrome Unfortunately this article has been outdated over the years. For now we can't offer an up to date article on the subject. Wikipedia has a good article though.

FIP

An Overview of Feline Enteric Coronavirus and Infectious Peritonitis Virus Infections By Niels C. Pedersen, 1995 Department of Medicine and Epidemiology School of Veterinary Medicine University of California Davis, California 95616 (Reprinted with permission.) Introduction The purposes of this discussion were to review past knowledge about feline enteric coronavirus (FECV) and feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV) infections and to update…

Feline vaccination

Feline Vaccination By Marie-Bernadette Pautet, Chacolaterie's Somalis, 2006.Report on 2006/03 SFF seminar entitled "Update on Feline Vaccination".(Reprinted with permission). About 50 breeders and veterinarians attended the seminar organized by the French Felinotechnic Society (SFF), held at the national veterinary school in Maisons-Alfort on 2006, march 25th, to review current knowledge on feline vaccination. This article tries to sum up this seminar's highlights,…

Explanation of the HCM Form

HCM Screening Form, what it says and what it means By Misha Peersmans What is where The feline heart is a miniature copy of the human heart, both organs work in the exact same way. The heart contains 4 separate chambers, 2 on the left and 2 on the right side. The two top chambers are the right and the…

DNA Sampling and Storage

DNA sampling and storage Why should we store DNA? More and more research is being done to determine the loci of certain diseases. And thus it becomes more and more important to perform DNA tests on our pets. But what do you do when you want to test a pet that already passed away? Or one that has been rehomed,…

Diagram for inheritance of PRA

Diagram for inheritance of PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) reproduced with kind permission from Swedish Siamese Society (SES) PRA is a hereditary eye disorder where the retina slowly degenerates, making the cat blind. This page illustrates the inheritance. = Normal - cat without the gene for PRA, does not pass on the gene for PRA = Carrier - cat with one…

Bordetella

Bordetella bronchiseotica infection in cats By Lies Klösters. 2007.(Reprinted with permission.) The widespread vaccination of cats against feline calici virus (FCV) and feline herpes virus (FHV) has failed to eliminate the problem of feline upper respiratory tract disease (URTD). Bordetella bronchiseptica (Bb) has long been recognized as an important agent in canine kennel cough but only in recent years has its…

Blood Groups in the Cat

Blood Groups in the Cat By Tony Batchelor, Snugglebugs, Denmark.(Reprinted with permission) I started this investigation following a blood test on our Devon Rex kitten. She was found to be type B, when both her parents had been tested as type A. I had already been involved with the article by Judith Picknell, and the Danish translation of it, so was…

BAER Test Cristalline

BAER Test Cristalline By Daniëlle Rozeboom, Traditional Persian Cattery Yeri Shaes.(Reprinted with permission) In The Netherlands it's not allowed to breed with deaf white cats (also not cats who are deaf on only one ear). To prove that a white kitty is not deaf, you need to do the BAER test. In The Netherlands there are not many locations where you…

A schedule for vaccination of cats

A schedule for vaccination of cats By Pr. Oswald Jarrett, University of Glasgow, 2007.(Reprinted with permission). Is annual vaccination necessary? There is general agreement that vaccination of cats and dogs against the major infectious diseases of each species is highly desirable, and that a primary course of vaccination should be given early in the life of the animal followed by…