Unilateral and bilateral congenital sensorineural deafness in client-owned pure-breed white cats

D. Cvejic, T. A. Steinberg, Michael S Kent, A. Fischer

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Abstract

Background: Congenital sensorineural deafness has been reported frequently in experimental mixed-breed white cats but there is a paucity of data on occurrence of deafness in client-owned pure-breed white cats. Objective: To describe hearing status in client-owned pure-breed white cats. Animals: Eighty-four pure-breed client-owned cats with white coat color of 10 registered breeds presented for routine hearing evaluation before breeding (1995-2008). Methods: Hearing was assessed by click-evoked brainstem auditory evoked response. Results: Overall deafness prevalence was 20.2%; 9 cats (10.7%) were bilaterally deaf and 8 cats (9.5%) were unilaterally deaf. There was no association between sex and deafness status (P = .85). Deafness status was associated with iris color (P = .04). Conclusions and Clinical Importance: Congenital sensorineural deafness frequently occurs in pure-breed cats with white coat color. Unilateral sensorineural deafness was as common as bilateral deafness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-395
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009

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Keywords

  • Feline
  • Hearing disorder
  • Hereditary

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Unilateral and bilateral congenital sensorineural deafness in client-owned pure-breed white cats. / Cvejic, D.; Steinberg, T. A.; Kent, Michael S; Fischer, A.

In: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Vol. 23, No. 2, 03.2009, p. 392-395.

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