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Hereditary muscle dystrophy (myopathy, spasticity)

There is a hereditary disease, usually just called myopathy (earlier "spasticity"), which causes degeneration of the muscles in shoulders and pelvic. The first symptoms of the disease usually show sometime between the ages of 2 weeks and 6 months. The afflicted kitten usually is drawn back and more quiet than its siblings. They then get a problem with keeping the head up, and they may also walk a bit stilted. The disease, which has no cure, will lead to death, usually before the kitten has reached adulthood.

The disease is inherited by a single recessive gene.

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