FELINE POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE (PKD)
What is Polycystic Kidney Disease?
Polycystic Kidney Disease is a hereditary disease commonly found in Persian and Exotic cats. Though it is most prevalent in these breeds, it is also found in American Curls, American Shorthairs, Siamese and Scottish Folds. It has even been found in domestic and feral cats.
The disease itself is caused by one abnormal gene, and just one positive parent will pass it on to at least a portion of the kittens, even if the other parent is negative. It is estimated that one third of all Persians and Exotics have this disease. In a typical cattery setup, it is possible for 30% of the breeding cats to have, and pass on, PKD. Only catteries that test for PKD and only breed negative parents will have no instances PKD.
Polycystic Kidney Disease
is where fluid filled cysts grow inside the kidneys. It can grow slowly
or quickly and range anywhere from a cat having only two or three cysts
to a cat having kidneys that are literally filled with cysts.