Diseases & Viruses Found in Maine Coons
This page is a brief outline of the diseases and viruses that Maine Coons can obtain and carry. Some of these can be hereditary while others are contracted by contact with an infected surface or an infected animal.
Genetically, Maine Coons carry quite a few important genes. These genes range anywhere from color, to personality, to disease, to cures. All of these genes have a tune they sing, and it's up to us to find the frequency and create music.
Throughout history humanity has tried to strive for better, healthier lines within all breeds of animals. It's critically important we study felines to better understand a range of diseases and cures as we're very closely related with felines. The study of these creatures will always provide very important information for the betterment of the life on this planet.
Spinal muscular atrophy is caused by a mutation in the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene. This gene is responsible for producing survival motor neuron (SMN) protein, which maintains the health and normal function of motor neurons. In individuals with spinal muscular atrophy, both copies of the SMN1 gene are mutated, leading to decreased production of SMN protein. Without a proper level of SMN protein, motor neurons in the spinal cord will be lost, preventing the muscles from receiving proper signals from the brain.
"Cats can get an infection by direct contact with another infected cat or by environmental exposure to objects that have been contaminated with infectious secretions." Once a cat is exposed to calicivirus, it will go through an incubation period of 2-6 days before developing clinical signs which typically last for 14-21 days. During this entire time, the cat will potentially be infectious to other cats. At a minimum, infected cats will shed virus in their bodily secretions for 2-3 weeks.
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Panleukopenia: AKA, Parvo
Feline panleukopenia is an extremely contagious life-threatening virus that affects cats. This DNA virus specifically invades rapidly dividing cells in your cat’s body including the skin, gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and bone marrow. Feline panleukopenia is often referred to as feline distemper, although the virus is more closely related to canine parvovirus.
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"FIP remains one of the least understood of all cat diseases."
FIP is associated with a viral infection called feline coronavirus. There are many different strains of feline coronavirus, which differ in their ability to cause disease. Previously there had been an attempt to classify these strains as either feline infectious peritonitis virus strains (capable of causing the FIP disease) or feline enteric coronavirus strains (essentially harmless strains mainly found in the intestinal tract). It is now recognized that feline enteric coronavirus strains can mutate (change) to the more harmful type of virus and cause FIP disease.
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