I have read your blog for a while now, and I have to say it’s refreshing to see such a no-nonsense attitude towards pet care and less of the pandering to pet owners you usually see. Keep it up!
I am well aware you may not have an answer for my questions, but if you could shed any light that could lead me to my own research it would be awesome!
I recently adopted a cat from the SPCA. He was rescued from a hoarding situation, and told that due to the huge number of cats of varying ages that were rescued, it was likely he was the result of an inbreeding situation. He’s a very handsome boy, but he does have a few oddities that result in this submission!
Though not really unusual I guess, (as we all come in different shapes and sizes!) he is a very petite cat. His last weigh in was a little under 6lbs. It’s not so much the size of him that is strange, more of the…shape? of him. His back legs are quite stunted (think somewhere between munchkin-esque and standard) though his front seem somewhat proportionate, if not a little short. His tail is also very stunted, a little over half of what you would expect to see in your run of the mill average house cat.
They suspected him to be around 12-18months of age. This was made difficult by the fact that the only teeth he has are his four canines. The vet at the SPCA told me that it was likely the rest of his teeth are missing due to a genetic issue through inbreeding, and that this was “common” (it seems unlikely they were removed due to a dental issue prior to rescue due to his previous living arrangement) however I haven’t been able to find anything online that would either indicate a common link between inbreeding and teeth loss or lack of teeth formation. I was wondering if you had heard of this (perhaps you may know if it’s an issue found before amongst inbred feral cats in Oz, for example?) or whether it’s just an oddity or a case of early and widespread tooth resorption?
My other question is about his eyes. He has prolapsed third eyelids, which are quite visible most of the time except when he has his ol’ dilated pupil hunting eyes on. We haven’t come into any issues so far, but was wondering if there were any common problems with eyelid prolapses we should watch out for and catch early?
Here he is in all his glory. The prolapses look quite minor here, but depending on how relaxed he is, they can cover around 75% of the iris!
Thanks so much for any help Dr. Ferox!
Well sounds like his stunted growth is more likely to be nutritional, but his genetic background is questionable. Inbred cats are often smaller than average and can have slightly odd shapes.
The teeth may well have been lost to Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions, where the roots basically dissolve. You treat it by removing the teeth, so if the teeth are genuinely gone, that might be it. Alternatively there might be something weird going on that have prevented adult teeth from erupting. Without a dental Xray you just wont know.
His third eyelids in this picture are not prolapsed, just prominent, and in that position will cause no issue. Prolapses look like they have popped out, away from the eye, and look like angry jelly beans. He will either have an oriental breed somewhere in his bloodline, or a slightly weird shaped skull, either due to inbreeding or calcium deficiency as a kitten. Either way, nothing you can change but low risk as to being a problem.