To us the health of our cats and kittens has high priority, we want to breed with healthy cats and strive to have healthy babies.
Not only a Maine Coon, but every cat (breed or non-breed) has the possibility to carry a genetic inherited disease.
We feel very strongly about testing our cats before breeding and use only cats who are tested for HCM, PKD, patellar luxation and Hip Dysplasia.
Besides testing also researching a pedigree can give a lot of information about the health of their ancestors, which is also very important.
Although we do our utmost to prevent health problems, cats are still living animals and they can have many diseases which we are not always able to prevent.
HCM: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a disorder of the heart (among other things, the thickness of the left ventricular wall increases) resulting in heart failure. You can test for this disease by one to create an echo by a specialist using color Doppler ultrasound. Since this is regularly repeats a progressive disease of this test is necessary (eg breeding annually, ex-breeding two yearly)
PKD: Polycystic Kidney Disease is a disease of the kidney, the renal function is reduced by the formation of cysts, and will ultimately lead to renal failure. Testing for this disease can be done by the execution of an echo by a specialist from the age of about 1 year indicates the test 98% confidence.
Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint. Because the femoral head is not properly placed in relation to the pelvis, this leads to instability and sometimes OA in the hip joint. An X-ray taken by an authorized veterinarian may be assessed by specialists in America or Sweden which indicate by means of gradation or there is hip dysplasia.
Patellar luxation is a defect in the knee joint. By an improperly or not seated firmly in place patella (kneecap) to (move) it dislocate while walking or moving the hind leg. A qualified veterinarian can make this diagnosis, if it is present in severe then surgery may be necessary.
SMA: spinal musculare atropfie, is a neurological disease. By the death of nerve cells in the backbone occurs weakness that will eventually lead to paralysis. The first symptoms often seen with all before reaching the first year of life. A DNA test can give a decisive answer about the presence of the gene that causes the disease.