Blue Cross is warning people to be aware of the lifelong serious health problems flat-faced breeds of cats can face after taking in a Persian in urgent need of eye surgery.
The cat, named Mr Magoo, was taken in as an emergency case by our rehoming centre in Burford, Oxfordshire, with sticky and swollen eyes and concerns over his breathing.
Due to their short, squashed flat-face and large eyes, breeds like Persians are predisposed to a number of conditions including eye disorders and infections and skin conditions.
The facial shape also results in these breeds having narrowed airways, making it harder for them to breathe normally.
As with flat-faced dogs such as French bulldogs and pugs, the trend for ‘fashionable’ pedigree breeds of cats such as Persians has increased, fuelled by images across social media and celebrity ownership.
But Blue Cross warns many people remain unaware of the lifelong welfare issues attached to these breeds of cats and dogs as a result of them being bred to look the way they do and the constant care they can need.
These conditions often have no cure, so can cause discomfort and pain to the pet throughout its life.
Mr Magoo, 18 months old, needed surgery for a common condition which sees the eyelids and lashes grow inwards instead of outwards, due to the squashed-in face shape. This causes irritation to the eye and can result in blindness if left untreated.