Health and Wellness
Happy & Healthy
Here at Mount Olympus Bengals, we strive to raise happy and well-rounded kittens. That will become a wonderful addition to your family. Through our health testing and socialization program, you can be sure to have a top quality, Bengal Kitten.
We work very hard to make sure our breeding cats are in perfect health. All of our cats are routinely scanned for HCM and tested negative for FELV/FIV.
The wellness of a Bengal cat is a culmination of many factors. Health, socialization, attention, and stimulating environment. If you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of your new kittens' wellness, please feel free to contact me
Mount Olympus Bengals Routinely tests for:
Erythrocyte Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PK Deficiency) is an inherited hemolytic anemia caused by insufficient activity of this regulatory enzyme which results in instability and loss of red blood cells. Symptoms of this anemia can include severe lethargy, weakness, weight loss, jaundice, and abdominal enlargement.
PRA-b: Bengal Progressive Retinal Atrophy
The disease causes the destruction of the cells that register light (photoreceptors) in the back of the eye (the retina). The loss of the cells begins around 7 weeks of age and slowly progresses until the cat has very compromised vision by approximately 2 years of age1. However, blindness develops at different rates in different cats. The pupils are usually more dilated for affected cats than for cats with normal vision in the same lighting conditions. Affected cats also tend to carry their whiskers in a more forward position. Once affected cats know their surroundings, they are very mobile and active.
HCM: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
The left ventricle, the heart’s main pumping chamber responsible for pumping oxygenated blood to the body, becomes thickened and non-compliant and is unable to fill properly with blood. A backup of blood and thus, increased pressure in the left atrium occurs, causing it to enlarge.
Owners should watch for signs like exercise intolerance, labored/open-mouth breathing, collapse, and acute hind limb paralysis. However, signs could be as simple as inappetance or hiding behavior. The cat’s primary veterinarian may hear abnormal heart sounds (murmur or gallop) even before clinical signs are evident.
There is no cure for HCM. However, cats that have HCM can live a normal life, but require a stress-free environment.
Non-Bengal, Cat Specific
PKD1: Polycystic Kidney Disease
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a well-documented abnormality in domestic cats. Cystic kidneys can sporadically occur in any population of cats. PKD is not a new disease and has been reported in the literature for over 30 years.PKD1 does not have a strong clinical presentation. The presentation of PKD1 is similar to one of the most common causes of death for any cat, renal failure. The kidney cysts for PKD1 present early, often before 12 months of age. Renal failure, however, usually occurs at a later age. Thus, PKD1 is considered a late onset of renal disease
FeLV: Feline Leukemia Virus
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a disease that impairs the cat's immune system and can cause cancer. This viral infection is responsible for too many deaths in household cats, affecting all breeds. The good news is that it is completely preventable. FeLV is usually contracted from a cat-to-cat transmission (e.g., bites, close contact, grooming and sharing dishes or litter pans. Cats with outdoor access have a higher chance of contracting FeLV. That is why it is extremely important that your Bengal cat stay indoors with access to the outdoors under supervision.
FIV:Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
The FIV virus is slow-acting, a cat’s immune system is severely weakened once the disease takes hold. This makes the cat susceptible to various secondary infections. Infected cats receiving supportive medical care and kept in a stress-free, indoor environment can live relatively comfortable lives for months to years before the disease reaches its chronic stages.
FIV is mainly passed from cat to cat through deep bite wounds, the kind that usually occurs outdoors during aggressive fights and territorial disputes—a perfect reason to keep your cat inside. If you do take your cat out make sure to keep them on a leash, anytime you bring a new cat into your home make sure to have them tested for FIV before introducing them into your house.
The feline nail, unlike the human nail, is embedded within the bone and in order to remove it, veterinarians will place the nail and the last bone through the nail clipper. This is a very popular procedure in the United States but has been outlawed in more than 20 countries around the world.
What are the long-term side effects of declawing?
infection, abnormal claw growth within the toe, inflammation, arthritis, behavioral changes such as increased aggression and biting, as well as emotional trauma and an inability to walk comfortably.
Mount Olympus Bengals include a clause in the pet and breeder contracts that prohibits the declawing of your Bengal.