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ForestWind Siberians and Heart Health

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 6:15 AM

As a prospective ForestWind Kitten Family Member, it is important for you to know the steps we take to keep our cats and kittens healthy and vibrant.

  1. Our Siberians are scanned by Board Certified Specialists every two years for HCM. Even in breeds with identified HCM mutations, regular ultrasonography is necessary to rule out development of HCM.
  2. We belong to several breeder groups that follow HCM research as well as Siberian breed specific groups that promote openness in sharing information about affected cats.
  3. We follow an extremely aggressive policy on HCM in our lines. If we learn that grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, siblings, or cousins of our cats have been affected with or have produced offspring with HCM, we remove all related cats from our breeding program.  
  4. We helped fund Dr. Kate Muers’ 2008 HCM study at University of Washington. Unfortunately, the study did not yield identification of an HCM gene in Siberians. Research has since continued at University of California, Davis.
  5.  We contribute monthly to a WINN Foundation fund for HCM research in Siberians.
  6. We select our breeding cats to have COI of 5% or lower, and aim for litters with COIs of 0%.

While placing genetic diversity above visual conformity results in a slower trip to "Winner's Circle,"  it also protects the entire Siberian breed for many generations to come.

We practice what we believe: that Siberian health and temperament should be the number one priorities of any ethical Siberian Cat Breeder.

Click here to learn more about HCM symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Categories: Health & Disease, Genetics, Care Practices