european 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.
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.

European Shorthair cats originated in Sweden before making their way through the rest of Europe. Similar to the American Domestic Shorthair cat, they developed naturally, with no specific breeding rules. In other parts of Europe, the European Shorthair was crossed with Persian cats, but Scandinavian breeders avoided this trend, preferring to stick with domestic cats as breeding stock.

Because the ancestry of the European Shorthair is so diverse, it is very difficult to predict either temperament or appearance (much like the average American house cat). In the same vein, the breed is particularly healthy, due in part to the lack of inbreeding so many other breeds face.

The European Shorthair is medium-sized with a short, dense coat that can come in any color. She is generally intelligent and friendly, and can get along with other cats and dogs if properly socialized. The breed is a rare find outside of Scandinavia.

As a whole, European Shorthairs are remarkably healthy, though individuals may be prone to common feline hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses European Shorthairs are prone to include eye conditions such as glaucoma; thyroid conditions such as hyperthyroidism; chronic conditions such as diabetes; kidney conditions such as polycystic kidney disease; and heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard Which means if your European Shorthair inherits more than just a diverse background, you’re covered.

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

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