laperm breed information

common health issues

This rare immune-mediated disease occurs in newborn kittens. When kittens with Type A blood nurse from a mother with type B blood, antibodies from the mother attach to the kitten's red blood cells and cause them to be destroyed, leading to anemia (low red blood cells). Affected kittens are born healthy, but fail to thrive.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The LaPerm is one of the four internationally recognized curly furred breeds known as “rex” breeds (the others are the Cornish Rex, Devon Rex and Selkirk Rex). The LaPerm’s curly hair is a result of a naturally occurring genetic mutation that was first noted in 1982, when Speedy, a barn cat owned by Linda and Richard Koehl of Oregon, gave birth to a litter of kittens. One of the kittens, born bald with tabby markings on her skin, went on to develop a soft curly coat. Curly, as she was named, became the founder of the breed, which has been bred selectively to strengthen the curly fur trait. Today, the LaPerm’s popularity is increasing around the world, especially since it was recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 2003 and the Cat Fancier's Association (CFA) in 2008.

The cat's curly fur is the result of a dominant gene, and it can range from slight waves to ringlet-type corkscrew curls. It is soft, but not silky, and can come in any color. Longhaired LaPerms may have curly plumed tails, and shorthaired LaPerms have a “bottle-brush” type tail. Both types have curled whiskers! Luckily, the curled coat does not easily mat and sheds less than other breeds. Occasional bathing and towel drying are all that is needed to keep it clean. Males usually weigh between 9 and 12 lbs. while the females range from 6-8 lbs.

Although their coat’s appearances may vary, the LaPerm is universally known for having a gentle, affectionate and inquisitive nature, who will seek human contact and loves to be held. She will adapt readily to life in almost any setting, and is accepting of other pets and children.

Affectionate nature aside, the LaPerm can still be prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect her health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses LaPerms are prone to include immune-mediated diseases such as neonatal isoerythrolysis; 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 LaPerm inherits anything more than a curly coat, 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
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