havana brown breed information

common health issues

Amyloidosis is a group of diseases in which the protein amyloid is deposited in organs. In most cats, the liver is the target organ for deposition, and over time, amyloid deposits cause a fragile liver prone to bleeding and liver failure. The disease often appears to occur suddenly in the liver because there are few early signs.

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.

Hyperlipidemia is a general term for disorders in which there are too many fat molecules in the blood. This condition can cause no clinical signs, but can also lead to pancreatitis, skin problems and central nervous signs. Hyperlipidemia is managed through a low fat diet, and some cases require oral medications.

Muscular dystrophy is a progressive muscular disease seen in young dogs and cats. Clinical signs of enlarged muscles, excess salivation and stiff gait are seen in pets as young as 5 months old. Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for muscular dystrophy, and affected pets have a poor prognosis.

Cats with mucopolysaccharidosis have a deficiency in one or more of the enzymes needed for the breakdown of mucopolysaccharides. In the Siamese cat, excess mucopolysaccharides accumulate in the skeletal and nervous system, the heart, eye and liver. This interferes with normal activity and drastically shortens the affect cat's lifespan.

Though the name may suggest it originated in Cuba, the ancestors of the Havana Brown actually emerged in Thailand before being brought to England and Europe in the 1800s. There, it was bred as a chocolate brown strain of the Siamese cat. Breeding was mostly abandoned in 1920, however, when it fell out of style to breed anything other than a blue-eyed Siamese. In 1950, the breed made a comeback. A black cat was crossed with a seal point Siamese cat, producing the first cat to be called the Havana Brown.

Sporting a rich, chocolate-colored coat and stunning jade green eyes, the Havana Brown certainly makes an impression. They are a breed demanding of human attention and are not suitable for households constantly on the run. They are a playful, active breed and can adapt to any situation, just as long as they have their families.

Luckily, the breed itself is not known to be affected by any hereditary conditions, though because they descend from Siamese cats, it is reasonable to think that they are prone to conditions common in that breed. Some of the conditions and illnesses that can adversely affect your Havana’s health – and your budget – include blood disorders such as hyperlipidemia; eye conditions such as glaucoma; metabolic disorders such as mucopolysaccharidosis; kidney diseases such as amyloidosis; and muscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your chair-climbing kitty’s health ever falters, you’re protected.

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

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