Diseases of the Minuet, the most common health problems in this very special breed of cat. Let’s find out what they can be.
In today’s article we will find out which diseases of the Minuet, or the most common pathologies that can affect this very particular breed.
A feline species, born from the crossing of Munchkin cats and Persian cats.
Since the Minuet is a breed born in breeding it is subject to genetic pathologies it is essential before adopting it, to know its weak points.
Diseases of the Minuet: most common pathologies
The Minuet is a fairly young cat breed, accepted as an official and registered in 2005.
The Minuet is a medium-sized cat, robust, muscular, with an elongated and rounded shape. The standard is short-legged but there are also long-legged specimens.
It is a long-lived cat, or rather, if well cared for, it can live up to 20 years of age with an average of 13.
It has a very particular appearance thanks to its short legs and its thick and plush fur. This breed is predisposed to genetic diseases such as:
- kidney polycystosis: this disorder consists of small cysts on the kidney and sometimes liver tissues that tend to enlarge. It appears on average at 7 years, with increased thirst, increased urinary frequency, decreased appetite. As kidney failure worsens, there may be episodes of vomiting, blood in the urine, and respiratory fatigue. It is an incurable disease, but with a slow course and with adequate treatment, the cat can live for many years. Therapy typically includes a specific diet for life and the use of supplements where necessary. In these cases, early diagnosis is what can extend the life of your four-legged friend. Allowing to prolong the functioning of the kidneys as much as possible.
- Cataracts: The cataracts in cats Minuet, can occur as a result of an inflammation of the iris neglected for a long time . Similarly, the eye infection can pass to the lens and lead to cataracts. The problem is noticed in the cat, since the lens gradually thickens and takes on a whitish or blue color. As a result, less light reaches the retina and therefore vision deteriorates. There are no drugs to treat cataracts but it is possible to intervene surgically.
- Excessive tearing or epiphora in the cat : Excessive tear production, appears as damp, wet, with red-brown patches of fur under the cat’s eyes. In this case it is only necessary to determine the underlying cause for the excess production of tears and proceed with the care and treatment of it;
- achondroplasia: the autosomal dominant gene of achondroplasia in the homozygous form is lethal, as it develops lifeless embryos in the womb;
- lysosomal storage pathology: that is, the lack of an enzyme that compromises normal cellular metabolism, causing neurological problems at the fourth month of age of the Minuet kitten.
Common diseases in cats
Other diseases of the Minuet, can be the same that can affect any other cat, namely:
- Allergies : the cat can suffer from allergies of various origins. Therefore, if the cat scratches itself, sometimes even to the point of scratching itself or licking itself persistently, it could be an allergic subject;
- Mycosis: is a disease caused by fungi. It is transmitted by direct contact and the cat may not show symptoms but be a healthy carrier;
- Obesity and diabetes : the Minuet despite being muscular, agile, tends like any other cat to gain weight. He must therefore be controlled, follow an adequate diet, carry out adequate daily physical exercise, providing him with various games such as scratching posts and high shelves to climb;
- Toxoplasmosis : this is an infectious disease caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which finds its final host in the feline where it can reproduce;
- Mange: It is caused by a mite of which there are several species and subspecies that behave in different ways. It is transmissible to other animals and to humans, there are several types and has symptoms similar to eczema: itching, scabs, patchy hair loss.
- Abscess: It is an infection that occurs when there are deep wounds on the cat’s body. They occur on the legs, behind the tail or on the muzzle of the animal;
- FeLV: It is a disease caused by a virus of the Retrovirus family, among which there is also the one responsible for FIV itself, which affects the bone marrow. Transmission occurs through the exchange of blood and saliva, even if not direct. Fortunately, vaccination exists to prevent suffering in the domestic cat;
- FIV: is a feline immunodeficiency syndrome that becomes infected through saliva and blood. Unlike FeLV there is no vaccine but if taken in time, it can extend the life of the cat for a long time.
- Otitis: occurs mainly in subjects with low immune defences. It is the inflammation of the epithelium that covers the ear canal of the auricle.
- Periodontitis : a disease of the cat’s mouth, particularly in elderly dogs and if not treated in time it can be fatal.