Genetic diseases and cat breeds

Some genetic disease tests can be performed on many different breeds of cat (e.g. Polycystic Kidney Disease), whilst others are specific to only one breed of cat (e.g. Ragdoll HCM). Below you will find a list of cat breeds, just click on the breed you are interested in to find out which genetic disease test(s) are applicable to that breed. 

Please note - we have not included genetic disease tests in breeds where the mutations are very rarely found. Coat colour genetic tests are also not included since most are applicable to all breeds. If you are in any doubt please contact us.

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Please choose your cat breed to see the relevant genetic disease tests

Abyssinian

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (rdAc)
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKDef)

American Curl

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (rdAc)

American Wirehair

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (rdAc)

Asian

Burmese Head Defect
Burmese Hypokalaemia
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - low prevalence

Australian Mist

Burmese Head Defect
Burmese Hypokalaemia
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKDef)

Balinese

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (rdAc)

Bengal

Bengal Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA-b)
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKDef)

Birman

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - low prevalence

Bombay

Burmese Head Defect
Burmese Hypokalaemia
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - low prevalence

British Blue

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

British Shorthair

British Shorthair Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome (ALPS)
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Burmese

Burmese GM2
Burmese Head Defect
Burmese Hypokalaemia

Burmilla

Burmese Head Defect
Burmese Hypokalaemia
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - low prevalence

Chinchilla

Persian Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Colourpoint Shorthair

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (rdAc)

Cornish Rex

Burmese Hypokalaemia
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - low prevalence
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (rdAc)

Devon Rex

Burmese Hypokalaemia
Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (CMS) - low prevalence
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - low prevalence

Egyptian Mau

Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKDef)

Exotic Shorthair

Persian Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Himalayan

Persian Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Javanese

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (rdAc)

Korat

Korat GM1 Gangliosidosis - low prevalence
Korat GM2 Gangliosidosis - low prevalence

La Perm

Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKDef)

Maine Coon

Maine Coon HCM
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKDef)
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Norwegian Forest Cat

Glycogen Storage Disease Type IV (GSD IV)
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKDef)

Ocicat

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (rdAc)

Oriental Shorthair

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (rdAc)

Persian

Persian Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Ragamuffin

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - low prevalence
Ragdoll HCM

Ragdoll

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - low prevalence
Ragdoll HCM

Savannah

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (rdAc)
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKDef)

Selkirk Rex

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - low prevalence

Siamese

Korat GM1 Gangliosidosis - low prevalence
Mucopolysaccharidosis VI (MPS VI) - low prevalence
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (rdAc)

Siberian

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - low prevalence
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKDef)

Singapura

Burmese Hypokalaemia
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (rdAc)
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKDef)

Snowshoe

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - low prevalence

Somali

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (rdAc)
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKDef)

Sphynx

Burmese Hypokalaemia
Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (CMS) - low prevalence

Tiffanie

Burmese Hypokalaemia
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - low prevalence

Tonkinese

Burmese GM2
Burmese Head Defect
Burmese Hypokalaemia
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (rdAc)
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKDef)