Cattery Macadamia follows the healthprogram of Pawpeds which is created for Maine Coons. The program is focused to eliminate desease and dangerous mutaties within the breed without losing to much of valuable gene pools. When participating we test all of our (potential) breeding cats. The testresults helps to make better choices as a breeder to select a good breeding cat. The guidelines that Pawpeds give for breeding are also our guidelines of this cattery.
The Pawpeds healthprogram for Maine Coons contains testing on the following:
Besides the Pawpeds healthprogram we also test our cats at:
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - Kidney echo from the age of 1 year
Patella Luxatie (PL) - Manual check of the knees and elbows from the age of 1 year
Feline Leukemie Virus (FeLV) - Bloodtest before every mating
Feline Imunodeficientie Virus (Fiv) - Bloodtest before every mating
The DNA combitest provide much more results then only HCM1, PKdef and SMA. Testresults like PKD, HCM 3, GSD type IV etc are also part of the testresults. Those tests are not relevant or validated for the Maine Coon breed and are therefor worthless. For this reason we don't publish those results on our website.
Although breeding is a hobby for me and not a profession. For cats it could be a matter of life or death. Therefor as a breeder I take my responsibility very serious. Selecting a single cat for breeding could make a major impact on the breed. For this reason we test our cats on all possible validated test for Maine Coons, to get more information on the health of our cats. With all this testing it still never gives 100% guarantee that the cat is healthy and will give healthy kittens. But we do everything that is possible to exclude healthproblems from the start.
On top of that I find it important to publish the testresults at Pawpeds. By participating with the healthprogram we agree with publishing before the test is taken. Good or bad results are published in this way to create an honest picture of where the breed stands and to help other breeders to select or avoid certain lines.