The Abyssinian
The following diseases are reported to occur more frequently in the Abyssinian than in the general cat population. In some cases the disease either has, or is believed to have, a genetic, hereditary cause but many of the diseases listed here do not have a proven genetic basis. 

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Alimentary tract diseases
This section includes diseases that involve the mouth, oesophagus (gullet), stomach, small intestine (duodenum and ileum), large intestine (colon and rectum), liver and pancreas.

Diseases involving the mouth

Diseases affecting the gullet (oesophagus)

Diseases involving the pancreas

Diseases affecting the small intestine

Diseases affecting the large intestine

Blood diseases

  • Blood group USA 80% A, 20% B. In UK most are A. (normal for breed)
  • Erythrocyte fragility (osmotic)
  • Pyruvate kinase deficiency (autosomal recessive)

Cardiovascular diseases

Heart valve disorders

Abnormal development of major blood vessels to the heart

Heart muscle disease


Eye diseases

Diseases of the eyeball

Diseases of the eyelids

Diseases of the third eyelid (nictitating membrane)

Diseases of the cornea

Diseases of the lens

Diseases of the retina

  • Progressive retinal atrophy.(rod-cone dysplasia or degeneration  (both autosomal recessive)

Hormonal diseases

Immune system diseases

Kidney & Urinary tract disease

Liver diseases

Nervous system diseases

  • Hyperaesthesia syndrome
  • Myasthenia gravis

Orthopaedic diseases

  • Myasthenia gravis

Respiratory diseases

  • Nasopharyngeal polyps

Skin diseases

  • Blastomycosis - very rare
  • Cryptococcosis
  • Hair shaft disorder
  • Psychogenic alopecia


  • Reaction to griseofulvin

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