Baloo, Mirage and Amaiah playing in the garden.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (or HCM) is a genetic heart condition which can affect the Bengal breed. There is no genetic test as yet and often it won’t be discovered in breeding cats until they have passed it on. We endeavour to test all of our breeding cats regularly, starting at 1 year old. The test is carried out by a qualified cardiologist by means of an ultrasound scan. It is expensive to test for this but necessary. Here is a link to the HCM negative register where you can see our tested cats. http://www.icatcare.org/breeders/registers/HCM?title_selective=VAUGHAN
Our cardiologist will not screen pregnant or nursing cats so females will be tested once their babies are weaned.
We are pleased to announce negative results for Tritrichomonas foetus infection (also known as TF or Tri-Trich) in our cattery. Tritrichomonas foetus infection is a parasite that causes diarrhoea in cats and is particularly dangerous in young kittens. Even though our cats have had no symptoms, it can be symptom free and so we have tested as part of our health screening. Read more about it here http://www.langfordvets.co.uk/lab_pcr_tritri.htm