Ragdoll cats and kidney disease. A discussion.

Ragdoll cats are not predisposed to kidney disease according to 2 studies that I read and on my interpretation of those studies.

Ragdoll cats are one of the world’s most popular purebred cats today; well suited to a full-time indoor life, it is said. That doesn’t mean that their minds don’t need stimulating in an enriched environment. Kidney disease is prevalent among all domestic cats as an illness which not infrequently occurs in old age and …

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Tight headband around Persian cat’s head while being groomed commercially

Persian cat wearing a headband while being groomed

Well, I am going to get on my high horse and criticised this video. Perhaps I am wasting my time criticising the video because I should be criticising the fact that we have a Persian cat at a commercial grooming parlour. Persian cats have been bred to have very long fur which the cat …

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Persian cats introduced polycystic kidney disease into British Shorthair cats

Brit SH kittens

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is the most common inherited disorder in cats according to a 2015 study. It is present in British Shorthair cats. Both the Persian and the British Shorthair carry the same genetic mutation causing the disease. It is an autosomal dominant mutation in exon 29 of the polycystin-1 gene. So how …

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