What if everyone stops feeding
HCM genetic test
HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomypathy) gene test
If all breeders and we are honest, then they and we test for economic reasons.
Everyone wants to sell their kittens.
In the current HCM hysteria, it is difficult for many breeders to sell animals that have tested positive.
If we all honestly ask ourselves, do we really earn money with the Maine Coon breeding,
then actually all breeders, with perhaps a few exceptions, would have to say no.
We breed animals as a hobby and it's an expensive hobby, it used to be and even more so now.
If we stop breeding now, we are sure to have more money in our pockets.
But can we stop?
For many of us it is almost an "addiction" to have these fantastic animals around and
to see the little kittens come into the world and grow up.
What we're saying is that we'd better stop breeding
then Laboklin and Biofocus have nothing more to test.
But why should we stop breeding?
Maybe many breeders already have a lot of negative animals
(because they castrated all heterozygous and homozygous animals).
We ask the provocative question:
Have these responsible breeders sold these animals to lovers?
or let them euthanize even though these animals were perfectly healthy?
We can be sure that the veterinary economy is so “savvy” that it does at least every year
or maybe every other year a new test is developed with a further decoded gene.
This means that the previous HCM genetic test is largely worthless (and now it is here, the new genetic test with the 2nd gene mutation
which has been deciphered (we know that there is already a 3rd deciphered gene mutation
- but the laboratories are not going to shoot all the powder right away
- in a year you will need something new again)
We breeders have heard so much about incredible HCM genetic test results in the past few weeks and months:
* Mother and father were negative (N / N) and kittens were positive
* Animal negative gene-tested and positive in sound
* Animal positive gene-tested and negative in sound (especially in animals well over 10 years)
* And and and.
So what confidence should we have in this genetic test? Where does it say in black and white
that more homozygous-tested animals die than N / N-tested?
The laboratories and also the veterinarians have so far failed to provide evidence of this.
Does a person spend money on their own health when the doctor says to them:
You are healthy, but you can get sick or you are prone to a terminal illness,
but you don't have to get this disease.
And when the person asks what can I do about it, the doctor says nothing.
You carry this mutated gene.
Some would go crazy and kill themselves for fear of getting sick.
Most would not have this test done just to not be certain
whether they carry such a gene. Others would be constantly checked to see whether they are sick.
That is exactly what we do with the sound tests.
Because we care very much about the health of our animals.
But with the HCM genetic test, we cannot say anything about the animal's state of health.
And now with the second decoded gene mutation everything starts all over again.
The previous test results are just as worthless today as this new test variant will be,
when testing for the 3rd gene mutation and so on and so forth.
And in 3-4 years we will have 80% positively genetested Maine Coons.
And even then, animals tested negative will die of HCM and
Animals that tested positive live to be 15 years old.
Why all this effort?
Who really benefits from this whole development?
Just answer this question yourself!
We have all our animals regularly tested for HCM with "ultrasound".
Because only there can a real result about the state of health of the heart be achieved
and the heart muscle can be achieved.
The study by the specialist group cardiology of the DVG (German Veterinary Medical Society)
- Link for breeders: http://www.collegium-cardiologicum.de/ is not yet completed.
However, we hope that this will relativize the benefits of an HCM genetic test
will take place and the hysteria that still partially prevails among breeders
will be reduced again to the real value of such a test.
We love our Maine Coon, this unique cat species.
Everyone who knows us knows that we do and would do anything for our animals.
And nothing is more important to us than the health of our animals and their offspring.
News about the HCM genetic test
A study was carried out by the Medical Clinic for Small Animals at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich
carried out on the two genetic tests available in Germany for HCM in Maine Coons.
The result shows that the genetic test is useless.
The study found that Maine Coons with HCM are just as likely to test positive for genetic testing as
than Maine Coons without HCM.
Therefore, investing in a genetic test is simply not worthwhile.
In the following we have printed the results of the study that was carried out last weekend as part of
a lecture at a specialist congress for veterinarians Giessen was presented.
Genetic association of the A31P and A74T polymorphisms with feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
at the Maine Coon C. Schinner, K. Weber, K. Hartmann, G. Wess, Department of Cardiology
of the Medical Small Animal Clinic of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common feline autosomal heart disease
dominant inheritance and varying penetrance.
The A31P and A74T polymorphisms (SNPs) in the cardiac myosin binding protein C3 gene (MYBPC3)
are currently considered causal mutations in Maine Coon cats.
In practice, ultrasound diagnoses often differ from genotype.
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