Donskoy cat health: most common diseases in this breed


Diseases of the Donskoy, the main pathologies that can affect this cat breed. Let’s find out what they can be.

In today’s article we will discover, in particular, what the diseases of the Donskoy, a breed of cat born quite recently.

However, despite the recent birth, it was found that it is a cat prone to diseases, in particular to respiratory disorders.

Precisely because being a “naked” cat it is more exposed to high and low temperatures than normal cats with a coat.


Diseases of the Donskoy

The Donskoy despite its appearance that makes it seem gaunt, is a solid and robust cat but not immune to certain diseases. Let’s find out what these pathologies are.

The Donskoy if kept well cared for and with a good diet is a cat that can have an average lifespan of about 15 years.

It is a rather active breed, although it spends its time mostly indoors due to its delicate skin.

Skin that, among other things, requires special care and poor exposure to the sun. However, the diseases that most affect the Donskoy concern the respiratory system. They are:

  • infections : the infections that can affect the Donskoy can be divided into two types: those caused by viruses and those caused by bacteria but for which the symptoms are more or less similar. The cat has a bad cold, accompanied by a cough, wheezing, but first of all it has a runny nose. Underestimating a simple cold can become dangerous for the cat if it is not treated. This is because something as serious as pneumonia can result from a respiratory infection. Disease for which the veterinarian will necessarily have to intervene with the administration of antibiotics and often also inhalations of specific drugs aimed at clearing the respiratory tract;
  • asthma and allergies : when a very intense cough or cold occurs in the cat and becomes incessant and then passes to chronic, it is easy for the animal to suffer from asthma or allergy to some product. A real inflammation of the bronchi that alters their functioning and should not be taken lightly. In the case of allergies, symptoms related to respiratory problems only occur at certain times of the year. In this case it will be necessary to carry out allergy tests to be able to establish which specific allergy our Donskoy suffers from. In most cases it is an allergy to pollen or dust mites;
  • Familial episodic hypokalemic polymopathy : manifested by skeletal muscle weakness. It is a recessive genetic disorder characterized by episodes of low serum potassium and high CPK (creatine phosphate kinase, an enzyme that indicates muscle damage). It is transmitted every time sick cats reproduce, so to ensure the health of the kittens it is necessary not to make them mate. Also because it is not a curable disease.

Common diseases of cats

As for all cats, also for the Donskoy, there is the possibility that you can get sick of the following pathologies:

  • Obesity and diabetes: The Donskoy needs to consume meals based on animal proteins daily, which more than any other substance is able to transform into energy and minimize the amount of carbohydrates present in his diet. He also needs daily physical exercise, several games, scratching posts and high shelves to climb, being a skilled jumper. All this will keep him away from overweight and obesity;
  • Allergies: They can be of various origins. To be able to guess that the cat is an allergic subject, just observe it. If the animal tends to scratch itself up to scratch itself, sometimes even up to injure itself, it is easy for the animal to suffer from some skin allergy;
  • Abscess: It is an infection that we can observe on the paws, behind the tail or on the muzzle of the animal. It occurs when there are deep wounds on the cat’s body;
  • Conjunctivitis: It is the inflammation of the mucous membranes of the cat’s eye ;
  • FIV: the syndrome called Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV) is an infectious disease caused by a retrovirus;
  • Mycosis: It is a disease caused by fungi, which can cause redness, scabs and other symptoms that cause the cat to scratch constantly, with the risk of spreading the infection to other parts of the body;
  • Otitis : It is the inflammation of the epithelium that covers the ear canal of the auricle. It can be external, internal or attack the middle ear. It occurs mainly in cats with low immune defences;
  • Mange : It is caused by a mite of which there are several species and subspecies. These mites cause severe skin infections in cats, generally starting in the face and ears and spread to the rest of the body and are highly contagious;
  • Toxoplasmosis: It is an infectious, parasitic disease caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which finds its final host in the feline where it can reproduce.

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