Our Health Programmes

The health of our cats and breeds is one of the major concerns of the PawPeds project. As this project has grown, more and more breeders have raised the question of adding health information to the cats in the databases. We have now taken the first steps towards making this happen!

What we have done is add a health record for each cat where there is any health information available for publication. You will reach it by clicking on a clipboard symbol, which can be found after the name, colour code, and birthdate of the cat in any list or pedigree.

Please, take the time to read about the disorders and health programmes in question, to avoid unnecessary misinterpretations!

We will only publish information from those health programmes that we have agreed to participate in. The reason for this is that it is very, very important to avoid errors, and that we need to know that the owners of the cats have agreed to have the information about their cats published. We also want to avoid publishing information that could be misleading.

If the breeders of a breed would like to register a health programme with us, you are welcome to contact us to discuss the matter further. Click here to read more about this!

IMPORTANT: The fact that breeders of certain breeds have decided to work with health programmes does not necessarily mean that these breeds are worse affected by genetic diseases than other breeds! It just means that these breeders have decided to work together in a more organized way, to improve the health of their breed further.

Present Health Programmes at PawPeds

DisorderSpeciesBreeds with results in db
Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD IV) Cat Norwegian Forest Cat
Burmese Lysosomal Storage Disease (GM2) Cat Burmese
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Cat Maine Coon
    Siberian (incl. Neva Masquerade)
    Norwegian Forest Cat
    British Shorthair/Longhair (incl. Scottish Fold)
    Bengal
    Birman
    Cornish Rex
    Devon Rex
    Selkirk Rex
    Ragdoll
    Sphynx
    Persian/Exotic
Hip Dysplasia (HD) Cat Maine Coon
    Norwegian Forest Cat
PK Deficiency Cat Abyssinian
    Somali
    Bengal
    Maine Coon
    Norwegian Forest Cat
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) Cat Abyssinian
    Somali
    Siamese and related breeds
    Ocicat
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Cat Maine Coon

Testing for SMA

There is a DNA test available at several labs to identify the gene mutation that causes SMA in Maine Coons. Using this test it will be possible to identify the gene mutation in cats that are affected with SMA or carriers of SMA and to identify those cats that are genetically normal for this disease.

How do I get the results public on PawPeds?

In order to have your cat's result registered in the health program, you have to send in a copy of the result to the registrar. You can find the contact info in the contact-link in the menu.
You can also click here: 


Help!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the contact persons for the health program!

How do I DNA test for PRA?

You can do a simple DNA-test with a cheek swab.
There are many, many labs but in the link Labs here in the menu, you can find a selection of labs just to get a hint.
Read closely in the instructions of the lab you choose so that you will have it done correctly. 

How do I get the results public on PawPeds?

In order to have your cat's result registered in the health program, you have to send in a copy of the result to the registrar. You can find the contact info in the contact-link in the menu.
You can also click here: 

Genindexe has a form where you can fill in if you want them to send a copy directly to the public registry or not. This allows us to get a bit more reliable statistics (read more about why reliable statistics are important). The Swedish breed club Skogkattslingan also has an agreement with Laboklin with a special form and price, where you also can agree to the lab sending a copy of the result to the registrar of the health program.
The other labs, as far as we know, do not have this option. You then have to send in a copy of the result to the registrar yourself.

The result of the tests sent to the registrar by the lab will be made public no earlier than approximately 60 days after the owner received it. The reason for this delay is to give the owner time to inform kitten buyers and other people with related cats about the result before they get the info from other parties who saw it in the public database.

Help!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the contact persons for the health program!

 

Breeding Recommendations, SMA

SMA is an autosomal recessive disorder. To date we do not know how widespread this disease is in the Maine Coon breed; initially it was thought to mainly be found in one line but lately it has been discovered also in other lines.

As there is a DNA-test available, both carriers and affected cats can be diagnosed. We recommend the following routines for cats in a breeding program:

  • It is strongly recommended to test cats that have a relative who is a carrier or affected.
  • Testing of breeding cats not known to be particularly risky is also a good idea because recently carriers have turned up in lines previously not considered risky.
  • Carriers can be used for breeding, but only when partnered to cats that are normal with respect to the SMA-mutation, and knowing that 50% of the offspring will also be carriers. All buyers of carrier kittens and kittens of unknown status from combinations where both parents are not negative should be informed about the disease and the risks of using the kitten for breeding. Heterozygous carriers will never get any signs of the disorder; so one might think it is irrelevant information for a pet buyer. However, since it isn't uncommon that pet buyers later get the idea to have a litter from their cat and sometimes without contacting its breeder, it is important that also pet buyers fully understand the nature of the disease and the situation with their kitten.
  • Affected cats (with both SMA-genes defective) should not be used for breeding.

Testing for GSD IV

In order to avoid getting affected kittens, and to eventually eliminate the GBE1 mutation from the  Norwegian Forest Cat breed, we need to DNA test all breeding cats. By DNA testing we can also find the healthy carriers that could pass on the disease to their offspring if they are bred to another carrier.

Of course, a cat must be tested only once in his life and you don't need to test descendants from healthy (homozygous normal) parents if you are definitely sure of the pedigree.

How do I test my cats?

You can do a simple DNA-test with a cheek swab.
There are many, many labs but in the link Labs here in the menu, you can find a selection of labs just to get a hint.
Read closely in the instructions of the lab you choose so that you will have it done correctly. 

How do I get the results public on PawPeds?

Genindexe has a form where you can fill in if you want them to send a copy directly to the public registry or not. This allows us to get a bit more reliable statistics (read more about why reliable statistics are important). The Swedish breed club Skogkattslingan also has an agreement with Laboklin with a special form and price, where you also can agree to the lab sending a copy of the result to the registrar of the health program.
The other labs, as far as we know, do not have this option. You then have to send in a copy of the result to the registrar yourself.

The result of the tests sent to the registrar by the lab will be made public no earlier than approximately 60 days after the owner received it. The reason for this delay is to give the owner time to inform kitten buyers and other people with related cats about the result before they get the info from other parties who saw it in the public database.

In order to have your cat's result registered in the health program, you have to send in a copy of the result to the registrar. You can find the contact info in the contact-link in the menu.
You can also click here: 

 

Help!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the contact persons for the health program!