Health Issues Of Russian Blue Cats

The Russian Blue Cat Breed has no specific health problems related to the Russian Blue. It is a genetically sound breed, mainly due to it being a naturally occurring breed. Brushing the coat is not essential, but is a nice addition to the weekly routine of other grooming, such as brushing the teeth.

Heart Diseases

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

All breeds of cat, including the Russian Blues, can develop heart problems, specifically Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). In the condition of HCM, the muscle walls of the heart thicken causing a decline in cardiac function. While there is no cure, heart disease can be managed with medication and dietary changes. This is a very common issue found in cats both purebred and mixed.

Heart Murmers

Innocent heart murmurs are so common that most cats are likely to have one at some time. Innocent murmurs may disappear and then reappear. When a cat’s heart rate changes, such as during excitement or fear, these innocent murmurs may become louder or softer. This still doesn’t signal that the murmur is cause for concern.

Heart murmur can have causes that aren't due to underlying disease. Examples include turbulence resulting in a flow murmur or thickening of the aortic valve that occurs with aging.

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