Which are better moggies or pedigrees ?
25 September 2018
Which are better - moggies or pedigrees?
Selectively breeding to maintain recognised purebreds often comes at a cost to the cat. Sadly many inherited health problems are seen in purebred cats as a result of trying to fix a trait or typical breed characteristic. Some purebreds are more inbred than others and may therefore be at greater risk of inheriting diseases, such as polycystic kidney disease seen in Persians. For certain purebreds an inherited disorder may be specifically bred for; the desired breed characteristic being produced by a gene mutation. This is true for the Scottish Fold cat whose ears are folded as a consequence of a cartilage deformity which is present not only in the cat’s ears but throughout its body, resulting in joint problems and pain. Such genetically associated conditions are often considered ‘normal’ for the breed despite it having an adverse effect on the cat’s quality of life. Breeding for flat-faces, changes to coat and other conformational deformities such as short legs or tails all come with their own health and welfare problems.
Cats Protection opposes the development of breeds based on inherited defects and extremes of anatomical features that have potential health implications. And cats with known defects or carrying defects that can be passed on should be neutered and not used for breeding.
Where the pressure to selectively breed moggies to produce desired traits does not occur, these cats are less likely to suffer as a result of their breeding and instead may benefit from hybrid vigour.