domestic shorthair breed information

common health issues

Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart walls become thickened, making it difficult for the heart to pump properly. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can lead to congestive heart failure, arrhythmias and blood clots. Symptoms include heart murmurs and coughing.
Hyperthyroidism is a condition of increased thyroid hormone caused by a benign thyroid tumor. It is the most common hormone imbalance seen in cats, and its hallmark clinical sign is weight loss despite a normal or increased appetite. The disease can be controlled with medication or cured with radiotherapy.
Glaucoma is characterized by an elevation of pressure inside the eye. High pressure in the eye causes extreme discomfort and may lead to an enlarged, bulging eye and result in blindness. Treatment for glaucoma consists of life-long medical therapy, and often requires surgical removal of the affected eye. Long term prognosis for vision in the affected eye is poor.
The cells of the body need sugar to function and need insulin to carry sugar in through their walls. Diabetic animals do not have enough insulin to transport sugar into the cells, resulting in high blood sugar and starving cells. Treatment entails the lifelong administration of insulin shots, and usually requires frequent trips to the vet for rechecks.
As its name implies, polycystic kidney disease is a disease in which cysts form in the kidney. This causes them to be enlarged, and disrupts their normal function. Polycystic kidney disease generally leads to kidney failure. There is no specific treatment � supportive treatment for kidney failure improves quality of life.

By far the most common type of cat owned by Americans is the Domestic Shorthair, which is just a fancy way of saying your typical, run-of-the-mill kitty. Cat owners will agree, though, that there is probably nothing run-of-the-mill about the Domestic Shorthair cat. They come in many different shapes and sizes, and many colors and patterns.

Because cats tend to have the characteristics of their parents, it is hard to predict the temperament of mixed breed cats, unless you happen to know the parents, that is. For instance, if you spot a bit of Siamese in your kitty’s blue eyes, you may also notice some characteristics of that breed, such as excessive “talking” or vocalization. But most of our kitties are what we like to call “Heinz 57”, or a bit of everything. This mix of lineage creates generally healthy offspring with few of the complications sometimes seen with the inbreeding of purebreds.

Although they generally have fewer complications than their purebred cousins, Domestic Shorthairs can still suffer from hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Domestic Shorthairs are prone to include heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; eye problems such as glaucoma; metabolic diseases such as diabetes; thyroid problems such as hyperthyroidism; and kidney diseases such as polycystic kidney disease.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Domestic Shorthair has the misfortune of inheriting his father’s bad heart or his mother’s kidney issues, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
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