Friday, January 17, 2014

Main Coons Predisposed To Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)


Maine Coons have some hereditary health issues that can be of concern, they include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasia and spinal muscular atrophy.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common form of heart disease in cats. It causes thickening (hypertrophy) of the heart muscle. An echocardiogram can confirm whether a cat has HCM. HCM can be found in any breed, but Maine Coons are predisposed to the disorder.  Avoid breeders who claim to have HCM-free lines as no one can guarantee that their cats will never develop HCM.  Maine Coons that will be bred should be screened for HCM, and cats identified with HCM should be removed from breeding programs. Researchers have identified the genetic mutation that causes the development of HCM in the Maine Coon and have developed a genetic test that allows breeders to screen cats before breeding them. Do not buy a kitten whose parents have not been tested for this disease.

 Heart Terrain and Purrfect Pet CoQ10 are essential for Maine Coons and other cats diagnosed and predisposed to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  .  Heart Terrain contains easy to administer drops that can dramatically improve a cat's energy, mobility and overall sense of well being.  Purrfect Pet CoQ10 provides critical ubiquinol which is needed for a healthy heart. 
Heart Terrain

Purrfect Pet CoQ10

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