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There are over 250 diseases that can affect cats. While some are as common as the sniffles, others are rare and have devastating consequences. Knowledge of these rare and fatal diseases can help you identify the worrying signs and seek timely treatment for your furry friend.
are five rare cat diseases every cat owner needs to know about:
your cat biting herself or making weird vocalizations? There may even be
seizures and skin problems. All of these are signs of feline Hyperesthesia.
rare condition cannot be diagnosed at first glance. Since the symptoms
represent so many other feline diseases, only a test of elimination can be used
to diagnose the cat of this condition.
condition is also called “rolling skin disease” because it leads to ripping of
the skin when the cat is touched. The cat will be extremely sensitive to any
stimulus and will be very irritable.
gentle rub, massage, or pat can leave the cat's skin stretched out or wrinkled.
In the best-case scenarios, the loss of shape in the skin lasts for a few days.
But, in the worst cases, Cutaneous asthenia leads to permanent disfigurement of
the cat's skin.
condition is believed to occur due to the low production of a
collagen-producing enzyme called procollagen peptidase.
infectious peritonitis (FIP) is one of the rarest feline diseases and also
occurs because of a viral infection – the feline coronavirus, to be exact.
Newborn kittens and cats raised in dirty conditions are the most vulnerable to
this virus. The coronavirus resides in exposed feces and, when eaten or touched
by cats, is transmitted into the cat's body.
disease causes extremely weakened immunity, fluid build-up in the body, loss of
appetite, lethargy, vision & breathing problems, seizures, and extreme
Chediak-Higashi syndrome is a rare feline disease that occurs due to the CHS1
recessive gene. Here, cats are afflicted with a condition called oculocutaneous
albinism where their eyes, fur, and skin turn completely white or very light
and become extremely sensitive to external stimuli. From sensitivity to light to
immediate infections at the slightest exposure, this condition can really
debilitate the cat and reduce its quality of life.
syndrome has also been found to reduce platelet count in cats. This means
bleeding injuries will be unable to clot naturally. This disease affects
Persian cats the most.
- Hypertrophic muscular dystrophy
muscular dystrophy is a rare muscle condition which results in muscle weakening
and leads to the development of bulging muscles in cats. But because the cat
does not have the muscular and skeletal strength to carry its weight, the
bulged muscles lead to very restrictive body movement, stiffness and a
This disease is sporadic and occurs when the
cat's muscles have a deficiency in a protein called dystrophin. It mostly
affects males of the domestic shorthair species.