Persian cats at high risk of health problems, study shows

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Persian cats are a popular breed worldwide and are instantly recognisable from their luxurious coat and flattened face.

They can cost a lot of money to purchase. But despite this, almost two thirds of Persian cats suffer from at least one health condition according to the largest every study of this breed. The research, which was conducted by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh. The study revealed that haircoat disorders, dental disease, overgrown nails and eye discharge are the most common conditions diagnosed in the Persian cat.

Many of these health issues may be related to the long coat and flat face that is characteristic of the Persian breed. These health issues represent major welfare challenges for Persian cats that should be considered by breeders and future owners. There are an estimated 100,000 Persian cats in the UK.

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