Genetic Welfare Problems of Companion Animals

An information resource for prospective pet owners

Cat welfare


The collection of information and development of this site is a `work in progress'. Non-inclusion of a breed or condition at this time does not necessarily mean that the breed has no genetic disorders or that the condition is not a problem.

NB. Conditions are described on a breed-by-breed basis. It should not be assumed that the conditions listed here occur only in the breed in which they are described. They may occur in other breeds (and in cross-breeds) also. We hope to be able to develop the website to give broader coverage in due course.


Click on a breed to go to the list of conditions for which information is available on this site:

Credits for photos above:

Main photo ©

Abyssinian  © Portrait of beautiful young abyssinian cat — Stock Photo © heckmannoleg #75587187

Br Shorthair ©

Burmese VikOlliver (en wikipedia) [GFDL (
or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Devon Rex ©

Himalayan © 

Maine Coon Barry Wom (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

Munchkin ©

Persian ©

Rag Doll Simone Johnsson (originally posted to Flickr as Yan) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Sc Fold Psihopat (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 |( or GFDL(], via Wikimedia Commons

Siamese Karin Langner-Bahmann, upload von Martin Bahmann (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Somali ©

Sphynx ©