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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 9:16 am 
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Bengal Kitten

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Hi everyone,
I have a half Bengal cat and for a breed development and welfare presentation, we have to talk about carried disorders within our breed. I have discovered that they inherit a lot of different eye disorders. Is there a specific reason for this? Is it because of the specific traits they're bred for?
Any help will be appreciated!
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 3:44 pm 
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I honestly have never heard that bengals have more eye disorders than your regular cat! I don't know that anyone on here specializes on the bengal gene and medical issues. Retinal atrophy and cataracts can be found in all breeds of cats.


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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 4:52 pm 
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Quasar had entropion in both his eyes as a kitten. The left was more pronounced than the right. As he aged, it disappeared. My vet said it was "not rare" and that surgery was rarely necessary to correct it.
I don't know if it isn't rare in all cats or Bengals in particular but it is prevalent within certain lines.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:00 pm 
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Unfortunately, I have had to do a lot of reading on this lately as well as I suspect an eye issue with my bengal ... They are prone to a novel version of Progressive Retinal Atrophy, cataracts and several other eye disorders.

It doesn't seem to be a result of breeding for a specific trait, rather, it appears to have developed due to breeding within the limited gene pool of the breed itself. Inbreeding, line-breeding and selective breeding have led to these issues ... Unfortunately, in the cases of most of these issues, there was no test to determine if a cat carried a defective gene and defective gene carriers were asymptomatic. It wasn't until litters were born with issues that people realized there was a genetic component.

UCDavis has only recently come out with a test that is meant to identify animals that possess faulty genes that result in kittens being affected with PRA. :sad:

https://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/cat/BengalPRA.php


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