ragdoll breed information

common health issues

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.

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.

Just like in the dog, 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, but sudden death can occur with no clinical signs.

The Ragdoll is a large, mellow cat breed whose name derives from its tendency to go limp and relaxed when picked up. They are a pointed breed (meaning that their coats are pointed) and will gaze lovingly at their owners with their crystal blue eyes.

Ragdolls are very laid back and are also very affectionate. Upon your arrival home at the end of the day, they will likely meet you at the door and follow you from room to room. Even if there are other cats in the house, Ragdolls crave human companionship and will probably choose to hang out with you instead of their own kind. Because they are a long-haired breed, they will require occasional grooming (which they enjoy) to avoid matting.

Although a mellow breed, Ragdolls, like all cat breeds, are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Ragdolls are prone to include heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; kidney diseases such as polycystic kidney disease; and immune-mediated diseases such as neonatal isoerythrolysis.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Radgoll has the misfortune of inheriting more than just casual temperament, you’re covered.

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

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