On this page we will give you information on health matters that relate specifically to our breeds, or to pedigree cats in general.
We are pleased to advise that Society members can obtain a 20% discount on genetic testing at the laboratory owned by the University of Bristol, based at the Veterinary School at Langford. They have been performing genetic testing for cats for over 5 years, and have recently launched several new genetic tests in the UK, tests include HCM, PKD, PK, PR, PRA, blood type and coat colours. Members can obtain a 20% discount on the list price of the tests, please contact the Secretary for the promotional code. For further information about each test, together with submission forms, click on the link above.
GCCF Breeding Policy
GCCF has produced a Breeding Policy; this is applicable to all pedigree cats. It is a very comprehensive document that gives guidance and information for all breeders, whether new or experienced. To view or dowloand the document, please click the link above to the GCCF website.
Polycystic Kidney Disease (also known as PKD)
This is a genetic (inherited) disease that is known to affect Persian and Exotic Shorthair cats. The good news is that there is a quick, simple, pain free and cheap DNA test for this disease that all breeders can undertake in order to eliminate PKD from their breeding programme. If you are considering purchasing a Persian or Exotic, please ask the breeder for details of the PKD status of the parents of your prospective kitten - only consider purchasing a kitten from PKD negative parents. Please see the links above to International Cat Care for information on PKD, and to UC Davis for details on PKD testing. Society members can obtain a 20% discount on PKD testing at Langford Vets (see above).
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (aslso known as FIP)
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is not an inherited disease, but genetic predisposition is thought to play a part. At present the advice from veterinary scientists is not to repeat matings that have produced FIP succumbing kittens, and if a cat has kittens with more than one partner that go one to develop FIP, then s/he should be removed from the breeding programme. This second consideration is particularly important for males as they are often used more extensively than females and thus have a greater impact on the breed. There are studies taking place at UC Davis into the genetic aspects of FIP and your participation is requested if you lose a cat or kitten to this disease. For details of this see the link above to SOCKFIP, and for more information on the disease and advice for breeders, see the link to International Cat Care.