chinchilla breed information
common health issues
Unlike some cat breeds that developed through natural selection, the Chinchilla cat is the product of specific selective breeding over many years. Essentially a Persian cat with a paler coat, the first Chinchilla was seen in a color mutation that occurred in the United Kingdom in 1882.
Like other Persians, the Chinchilla variety is a sweet cat with a quiet disposition who prefers an equally quiet household. These easy going cats are quick to jump in your lap, and genuinely enjoy the company of their owners. Their long hair will need daily grooming to prevent mats, especially in the warmer months.
One important difference of Chinchillas from Persians is the appearance of their noses. The distinct snub nose of the Persian is slightly less pronounced in the Chinchilla variety, making them less prone to brachycephalic syndrome.
Though Chinchillas have no specific hereditary conditions to call their own, they are still prone to conditions seen more often in Persian cats, which can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Chinchillas are prone to include kidney problems such as polycystic kidney disease; heart problems such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; joint conditions such as hip dysplasia; eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy; and dental problems such as gingivitis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Chinchilla has the misfortune of inheriting more than just a beautiful pale coat, you’re covered.