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 THE AIM

 

To Raise Money to enable researchers to  work towards producing a genetic test for Birman cardiac problems. 

 

Reason behind the need for this research

Occasionally people have the dreadful experience of losing their beloved Birman to heart disease.

Just as in humans all types of cat can experience heart problems. However there is no way to do heart transplants and open heart surgery for cats like there is for humans.

All that is available for cat owners are heart scans. These can tell us if our cat has a problem at the time of the scan only. Certain heart conditions can be helped, but only for a while, with medication however medication doesn't work for all.

If breeders have a means to find out which cats carry a faulty gene by using a genetic test  these cats could be removed from future breeding programs so the condition is not passed down to future generations.