The Persian
The following diseases are reported to occur more frequently in the Persian 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

  • Chediak-Higashi Syndrome (autosomal recessive)


  • Basal cell tumours
  • Sebaceous gland tumour

Cardiovascular diseases

Heart valve disorders

Abnormal development of major blood vessels to the heart

Heart muscle disease


  • Peritoneoparicardial diaphragmatic hernia

Endocrine Diseases

Eye diseases

Diseases of the cornea

  • Corneal sequestration
Diseases of the eyeball
  • Chediak-Higashi Syndrome (autosomal recessive)
  • Coloboma - various sites
  • Epiphora (idiopathic)
  • Lacrimal punctal aplasia

Diseases of the eyelids

Diseases of the third eyelid (nictitating membrane)

Diseases of the lens

Diseases of the retina

  • Retinal degeneration

Hormonal diseases

Immune system diseases

Kidney diseases

Liver diseases

  • Polycystic liver disease
  • Portosystemic shunt (congenital)

Nervous system diseases

  • Lysosomal storage disease - alpha mannosidosis

Orthopedic disease

  • Prognathism (normal for breed)

Reproductive disorders

Respiratory diseases

Skin diseases

  • Chediak-Higashi Syndrome (autosomal recessive)
  • Dermatophytosis
  • Epitrichial cysts (multiple)
  • Facial dermatitis
  • Facial fold pyoderma
  • Periocular crusting
  • Seborrhoea (primary) (autosomal recessive)
  • Skin tumours
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus


  • Reactions to griseofulvin

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