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PawPeds, provides a health program for the Maine Coon breed, the health program was created in the late mid-'80s, you can see great advances in the lines tested over several generations. Test results can be seen in the database www.pawpeds.com

 

The health program means the following:

HCM – Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – Here are two tests to do:

Test results

Maine Coon  HCM Status

N/N

Normal

N/HCM

The cat is Heterozygot and is at 1.8 times greater risk of developing HCM than cats without the mutation.

HCM/HCM

The cat is Homozygous and is at 18 times greater risk of developing HCM than cats without the mutation.

Source: https://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/cat/MaineCoonHCM.php

 

 

HD – Hip dysplasia:

 

PK – Pyruvate Kinase:

 

SMA – Spinal Muscular Atrophy:

 

IMPORTANT!

Never forget that how well a cat or its pedigree has been tested and checked, there is never any guarantee that this cat will not be affected anyway by HD or HCM, sometimes it may be coming from far behind in the pedigree.

But the risks that the kittens get sick, are much less when it is well-tested behind the cats and as a breeder, you have done everything in your power to prevent this from happening.


By: Malin Sundqvist