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Chediak-Higashi Syndrome In Cats: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments


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Chediak-Higashi syndrome in cats is a medical condition that usually affects the Persian breed and can cause them to suffer from excessive bleeding if they suffer from an injury. It is considered to be a rare genetic disease.

Additionally, this syndrome seems to affect a specific type of Persian cat: Ones that are of a blue-smoke color.

If you see concerning symptoms in your cat, then you must get to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for Chediak-Higashi syndrome in cats.

Symptoms Of Chediak-Higashi Syndrome In Cats

Chediak-Higashi syndrome in cats primarily produces the symptom of bleeding excessively when the cat suffers from an injury.

Some of the other symptoms may include:

  • Eyes that reflect red under light
  • Watering of the eyes
  • Cataracts
  • Blinking a lot
  • Weakened immune system

Causes Of Chediak-Higashi Syndrome In Cats

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The precise cause of of this syndrome is genetic and results from a recessive gene.

Additionally, the condition mostly affects Persians with a blue-smoke coat and green-yellow eyes; although in some cases, white tiger Persian cats can also suffer from it.

Veterinary Treatments

If you suspect that your cat is developing Chediak-Higashi syndrome, your vet will want to carry out a full physical examination and also conduct blood and urine tests. Additionally, your vet will ask a series of detailed questions about your cat’s medical and breed history.

The vet can also use a smear test using blood from a blood test can to help confirm a diagnosis.

When it comes to treatment, vets often recommend vitamin C supplements to help improve blood function. In some cases, vets might consider a blood transfusion.

In general, lifestyle management is key to treating and living with this syndrome. You will need to make sure that your cat lives in a safe environment that will minimize the risk of them cutting or injuring themselves.

Does your cat suffer from Chediak-Higashi syndrome? How do you help your cat go about their daily business safely? Let us know in the comments section below.

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