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New Arrival: Bobby Dazzler

New arrival at Bradford Cat Watch Rescue & Sanctuary .
This is 1 year old Bobby Dazzler.
BD came to us as his owner suddenly died.

Bobby Dazzler is a Persian cat and for those of you who think they want a designer cat… here are the things you needs to know about some of the health risks associated with this breed.

Bobby Dazzler is NOT in the best of health at this time and will need a lot of Veterinary intervention before he is considered for adoption.

We will NOT be responding to any adoption enquiries for him at this time.

• Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) – a condition where cysts, present in the kidneys from birth, gradually increase in size until the kidney cannot function normally, resulting in kidney failure. A genetic test is available for this disease.

• Progressive retinal atrophy – a genetic eye problem which causes progressive blindness. Genetic tests are available to check for the disease.

• Hip dysplasia – an abnormality of the hip joints. It causes lameness in the hind legs and can make walking difficult. Cats with hip dysplasia are more likely to get osteoarthritis.

• Brachycephalic airway syndrome – Because of their short, flatter face, Persian cats struggle to breathe properly. Many get short of breath quickly and suffer from inflammation and swelling in their airways. Brachycephalic airway syndrome is common in these cats – this is where affected cats have difficulty breathing due to a very narrow external opening of the nose (stenotic nares), narrow nasal passages or nasopharynx, and/or due to a relatively long soft palate – in some cases the breathing difficulties can be severe

• Primary seborrhoea – causes scaling and greasy skin which can affect the whole body.

• Dermatophytosis (ringworm) – Persian cats are very susceptible to this fungal condition, which causes itching, fur loss and crusting and scaling of the skin. It can be transmitted to people.

• Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – a condition where the volume of blood that the heart pumps with each contraction is reduced. This can cause fainting, tiredness and other signs of heart disease.

• Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) – this infectious condition is usually fatal. Persian cats are more likely to develop this than non-pedigree cats.

• Cryptorchidism – one or both of the testicles stays in the body rather than descending into the scrotum. This makes the testicle(s) more likely to develop cancer.

• Coat care – Persians’ coats are prone to matts and tangles so they need to be combed daily to prevent knots.