Khao Manee Cat health: the main diseases of the breed

Diseases of the Khao Manee, the main pathologies of this extremely fascinating breed of cat. Let’s find out what they can be.

In this article we are going to describe the main health issues of a rather robust, muscular and athletic breed.

A cat with a very resistant health but still not immune to the most common feline diseases. Let’s see what the diseases of Khao Manee.

Diseases of the Khao Manee

Although the Khao Manee is considered a cat with a strong and robust constitution, not subject to particular health problems, it does not mean that it can be a victim of certain pathologies.

This breed has a strong and healthy body structure that ensures a healthy life for this cat, obviously everything also depends on the type of care it has towards this animal.

Broadly speaking, the Khao Manee, this medium-sized cat breed of Thai origin, has an average life expectancy of around 14 years.

The Khao Manee is a cat full of energy, snappy, agile and very athletic, extremely predisposed to play.

For this breed, specific diseases are practically almost completely absent.

Despite being a cat with a varied genetic heritage, no congenital defects or hereditary genetic diseases are reported in the bibliography.

The main health problems that this breed can report can be the following:

  • Otitis : is the inflammation of the epithelium that covers the ear canal of the auricle. It can be external, internal or attack the middle ear. The causes can be multiple and can even become chronic in cats;
  • Obesity: the Khao Manee in order to maintain its long-limbed and athletic appearance needs an appropriate diet, to avoid a situation of obesity in the cat. It needs to consume meals based on animal proteins daily, which more than any other substance is able to transform into energy. Minimize the amount of carbohydrates present in his diet, offer him high quality food and tight control over doses. Furthermore, since the Khao Manee is a cat that increasingly prefers to stay warm at home, on a comfortable sofa, it will be necessary to stimulate the cat to do daily physical exercise, several games, scratching posts and high shelves to climb;
  • Deafness: generally, cats with pure white fur are affected by the problem of deafness. This occurs due to the presence of a particular gene, called W (ie “white”). Although the khao Manee is a white cat, it rarely suffers from deafness but is not excluded;
  • Colds : The common cold is a respiratory disease that can be mild and transient. Presenting with the classic symptoms, as happens for humans, then sneezing and a runny nose. It is always good to contact the veterinarian, who, before the treatment, will try to rule out probable allergies, and then act accordingly;
  • Conjunctivitis : This is the inflammation of the mucous membranes of the cat’s eye. It affects the transparent layer that covers the anterior part of the eyeball and the inner surface of the upper and lower eyelids (the conjunctiva, in fact);
  • Allergiesallergies can be of various origins and can affect the Khao Manee especially at particular times of the year. The animal tends to scratch itself to the point of scratching itself, sometimes even to the point of injuring itself;
  • Skin cancer: The Khao Manee is prone to this disease, being a white cat. For this breed, excessive exposure to sunlight results in ultraviolet radiation that damages the DNA of the cat’s skin cells which begin to divide and multiply in an exaggerated and uncontrolled way.

Other common diseases in cats

  • 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. The cat can become infected when it feeds on contaminated rodents and birds or by ingesting raw meat;
  • FIV: The syndrome called Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV) is an infectious disease caused by a retrovirus;
  • Abscess: It is an infection. It occurs when there are deep wounds on the cat’s body that we can observe on the paws, behind the tail or on the muzzle of the animal;
  • 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;
  • Periodontitis: A disease of the cat’s mouth which, if not treated in time, can even be fatal. Periodontal diseases occur more frequently in the elderly cat, but not only: over 3 years of age many cats begin to suffer from these disorders.

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