tonkinese breed information

common health issues

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.
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 beautiful Tonkinese cat is the result of the cross breeding between Siamese and Burmese cats. They can have the silky coat and jade green eyes of the Burmese, or the pointed coat of the Siamese, complete with their sparkling blue eyes.

Tonkinese (or "Tonks", as they are lovingly nicknamed) have a personality that encompasses the best of both of its parent breeds. Lively and smart, this breed loves company and may prefer the elevated perch of your shoulder for surveying its lair. Tonks are highly curious - care should be taken to meticulously cat-proof your home before it arrives to ensure a safe environment and save your sanity!

The Tonkinese is generally a very healthy breed, with little known inherited disease. It is fair to assume, however, that diseases of their parent breeds may creep in from time to time. Tonks are prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Tonks are prone to include eye conditions such as glaucoma; heart problems such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; and skin issues such as ocular dermoids.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Tonk has the misfortune of inheriting more than a strong case of curiosity, 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
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)