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Lymphoma in young Siamese cats

I BELIEVE that there is an increasing occurrence of lymphomas (lymphosarcomas) in young Siamese cats and that this may be appearing in certain breed lines, including my own.

In the last six months, I have lost four Siamese cats aged between six and 18 months, due to advanced lymphosarcoma, two living with me, the other two living in different households. All four were sired by my stud, Imperial Grand Champion Drestothril Daktari.

I hope that you as breeders committed to the welfare of the Siamese agree that if there is a genetic problem within certain lines, we should endeavour to identify and eliminate it.

As the Feline Genome Project has now been completed, it is possible to search for individual genes, assess their significance in disease and develop test methods to identify carrier cats before breeding decisions are made. It would be necessary to work with FAB or a University Department and some funding would be required. How much it would cost and whether funding could be obtained from a commercial organisation such as a cat food company needs investigating. There may be a need for Siamese breeders to provide some funds also.

I am, at present, corresponding with Professor Lyons in America, where they have started research into lymphosarcoma in Siamese (and other cats).

In the first instance, please let me know your views on the principle of such a project. It would require a significant number of us to advance the project. Write to Drestothril Siamese, Linfoot Cottage, Nun Monkton, York YO26 8EN or email c.Knowlson@btinternet.com
Thanking you all in anticipation.

Christina Knowlson, Drestothril Siamese

Apologies to London Cat Club exhibitors

I MUST apologise to the London Cat Club show exhibitors as I left my Judge’s Book in the Judge’s Room.

Although Maria Chapman kindly went to the centre to check if it had been found, to date it has not been handed in.

Isobella Bangs, GCCF Judge

Exasperated owner!

BEFORE I write further, may I say that in all other respects, I have the greatest confidence and respect for my veterinary surgery. I was surprised therefore to discover that they impose an administration charge of £11.50 for writing a prescription!

This is not a prescription charge of course, but simply covers their costs in writing one and keeping records!! I wonder how many others have thought of this way round the possible loss of funding from their ‘mark up’ on prescription medicines (before I was charged a modest £1.50 for a script).

‘Caught between a rock and a hard place’, I bought the tablets from them. An exasperated owner!

K. Perry