siberian 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.

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.

<p>Factor XI deficiency is similar to hemophilia. Factor XI is one of the many factors needed for blood to adequately clot. When levels of this factor are diminished, uncontrolled bleeding can occur from wounds, blunt trauma, or during surgery. Special care should be taken to prevent injury in pets with Factor XI deficiency. Cats with this condition should be kept indoors.</p>

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

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 Siberian cat has been around for at least 1,000 years, but despite this lengthy history and the fact that it is the national cat of Russia, the exact history of the Siberian cat is hard to prove. Finding written history of the presence of the Siberian cat in early Russia is difficult, perhaps due to the country’s vast size or plethora of ethnicities present there.

At any rate, the Siberian cat made its debut here in the United States quite recently, in 1990. The Siberian is a cat known for its personable, friendly demeanor, and makes an equally great companion for cat lovers and those who are not “cat people”. In fact, many people who are generally “dog people” are drawn to this breed for their behavioral similarities to dogs. They will greet you at the door at the end of the day and follow you around the house, curious about your every activity.

The Siberian cat sports an impish face and a solid, powerful body. Known for its superb jumping ability, the Siberian can scale the highest of heights. Knickknacks beware, as this cat knows no boundaries. Before allowing a Siberian into the house, it is best to do a thorough “cat proofing” first!

Physical strength aside, Siberian cats are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Siberians are prone to include kidney diseases such as polycystic kidney disease; heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; joint conditions such as hip dysplasia; and blood disorders such as neonatal isoerythrolosis and Factor XI deficiency.

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

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

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