Wednesday 10 August 2011

Siamese Cat Genetic Anomalies

I have an extensive page on genetic diseases in purebred cats. But on this page I would like to refer to page 91 of The Cat, Its Behavior, Nutrition and Health where it mentions that the Siamese cat as a cat breed, has the following "associated disorders":

  • Hyperesthesia syndrome - rolling skin disease and possible seizures and self mutilation.

  • Intestinal adenocarcinomas: mammary tumors - forms of cancer, unusually high in Siamese.

  • Hydrocephalus - excessive spinal fluid accumulation - autosomal recessive gene causes it.

  • Congenital heart defects  - more common in Siamese than other breeds.

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