Friday 16 September 2011

Health Screening for Domestic Cats

Health screening for domestic cats is quite an important area of scientific medicine. Genetic research in relation to people is becoming a major force in medicine. Cats lag behind as would be expected.

Screening for diseases is especially important for cat breeders. Naturally, responsible breeders should "cull" (remove from the breeding line or programme) cats that carry genes that produce health defects in offspring. Arguably not enough is done in this regard.

Here is a list compiled from the best cat health book: Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, that sets out the cat health screening available as at the date of this post. Obviously as advances are made this list becomes increasingly redundant.

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