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Cat Breeds: Characteristics and Health Problems

Pet Care Tips 4 min read
Cat Breeds: Characteristics and Health Problems

Did you know that there are over 40 recognized cat breeds in the world? While getting a purebred kitty has some advantages, like a predictable look and personality traits, you should be aware of some health issues associated with each breed.

Here are five popular cat breeds, their health issues, and what you can do to help prevent serious health conditions.

Kidney Disease in persian cats

1. Persians

One of the most popular and oldest cat breeds in the world, Persian cats are recognized for their short, pushed-in face and long luxurious coat. These adorable furry babies spend their days lounging and looking beautiful.

The Persian breed is prone to a host of health conditions, including Polycystic Kidney Disease, which leads to kidney failure. In fact, it’s estimated that over 40% of Persians have Polycystic Kidney Disease. Be sure to have your cat examined at least once a year by a veterinarian. For natural, holistic support use our Kidney Support Kit as early as possible; this will help support the immune system, detoxify the liver, and aid kidney function.

Siamese Cats

2. Siamese

An elegant, intelligent cat, the Siamese breed is long and skinny, with deep blue eyes.

This breed’s intelligence can sometimes be its downfall; when their need for mental stimulation is not met, they can develop the obsessive-compulsive disorder. They may even develop psychogenic alopecia (where obsessive licking causes bald spots).

In addition to always providing your Siamese kitty with enough playtime and company, you may want to try natural supplements, like NHV Matricalm, to help calm the mind and body. For hair loss and healing use NHV Ouch Away Spray, which will promote hair regrowth and calm the skin.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in American Short Haired Cats

3. American Short Hair

The American short hair actually comes in 80 different colors and varieties including Tabby, Tortoiseshell, and Calico.

One of the best mousers in the world, this breed is recognized for their short pointy ears, round broad head, and muscular compact body. The American short hair actually comes in 80 different colors and varieties including Tabby, Tortoiseshell, and Calico.

American Shorthairs are generally healthy, however, they can be prone to Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease. Keep your kitty healthy by ensuring they stay at optimal weight. Putting ¼ teaspoon of NHV PetOmega 3 into their food once a day will help support cardiac health. In addition, NHV Hearty-Heart, will help overall heart health and improve their energy levels.


4. Abyssinian Cat

This breed is so old that there are depictions of the Abyssinian in ancient Egyptian sculptures and hieroglyphs. A striking-looking cat, their large almond-shaped eyes and pointy ears give them a wild look.

The Abyssinian can be prone to gum disease. Brush your kitty’s teeth regularly with a vet-approved toothpaste and follow with NHV Mouth Drops. An easy way to apply the mouth drops is by pouring the dosage into a shallow bowl, then dip the toothbrush into the drops, and rub along the gum-line. It may take a few tries to get your kitty used to have their teeth brushed. Remember to end each brushing session on a positive note.

Respiratory problems in exotic short hair cats

5. The Exotic

A round cat with a large round head, the only way to describe this wonderfully easy-going breed is: “cutie-patootie!”

But as cute as that squished little face is, it’s also the cause of some serious respiratory problems. Be sure to clean your exotic cat’s face and nose with a tissue or cotton ball every day to prevent mucus build-up. Begin them on NHV Resp-Aid as soon as possible to help ease congestion and support healthy breathing.

Got a cat breed that you want us to discuss? Contact us or leave a comment—we’re here to help.

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Published: August 10, 2015

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