Polycystic Kidney Disease- a Serious cat Health Persian Problems

September 03, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Breeds, Diseases
Persian cats are really originated from Persia, currently which is called as Iran. Persian cats are charaterized by the presence of long hairs all over the body.  In the cat health, persian problem is noticeable one. Before discussing about the cat health- persian problems, it is manadatory to look into the charateristics of Persian Cat.

During 16th century these cats were noticed in Turkey and other neighboring countries. Due to mutation, the shorthaired variety of Egypt gave rise to long haired Persian cats. The cold climates prevailing in these countries make a way to go for mutaton of this breed.

Polycystic kidney disease is the common persian cat health problem. This disease is mostly seen n persian cats due to induction of particular genes. Hence this disease is called genetically induced disease. This polycystic kidney disease is due to autosomal dominant gene. Since 1967, this disease has been noticed among Persian cats.

Although the occurrence of Polycystic kidney disease is seen in adults (above seven years), the cysts in the kidney will be present during birth. As age advances, the cysts grow in size and number, which in turn increase the size of the kidney. This leads to total failure of the kidney.


Excessive thirst and excessive urination are the initial symptoms of this disease. The affected kitten will be more depressed, which may lead to loss of appetite. Severe weight loss is the final stage of this disease. Since old cats are the mostly affected ones, they may succumb to death. In rare cases, the cysts are noticed in the liver and uterus also.


As this cat health, Persian cat problem is inherited, it is not possible to treat polycystic  kidney disease in cats. Only supportive treatment is possible. Supportive treatment includes reducing dietary protein and phosporus. The cat must be provided with large quantiity of water. Anemic cats should be treated accordingly.

The autosomal dominant gene should be identified in the positive cat and should be eliminated from the group. The presence of the cyst can be identified using ultrasound technique immediately after birth. Such kittens should be avoided to get involved in breeding. This cat health- persian problem can easily be avoided once you have identified the positive ones in the initial stage and avoid breeding the same.