General information on Gangliosidosis
Gangliosidosis, also known as GM1, is an inherited metabolic disease. An inherited metabolic disease is a disease in which there are degenerative changes in the central nervous system. What determines the difference between each inherited metabolic disease is which nerve cell metabolism enzyme is missing. In order for a cat to become affected by gangliosidosis, both parents must be carriers of the gene responsible for causing gangliosidosis. Gangliosidosis causes cerebella symptoms and corneal clouding and is most commonly seen in Oriental cat breeds. A cat that is affected by or carries the gene for gangliosidosis should not be bred. The initial symptoms for gangliosidosis appear around when the kitten is weaned off of its motherís milk.
Symptoms of Gangliosidosis
Some of the symptoms for gangliosidosis may be: corneal clouding, muscle tremors, wobbly and unstable gait, loss of coordination, cerebella conditions such as ataxia, blindness, seizures, weakness, fatigue, paralysis of the back legs, and metabolism defects.
Treatments for Gangliosidosis
There is no cure for gangliosidosis. Depending on the symptoms present, a veterinarian may be able to prescribe medications to help relieve the symptoms, but in many cases there is no treatment for the symptoms either. It is important that the cats affected by gangliosidosis are not bred as to help prevent future cats from being affected by this disorder.
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Gangliosidosis experience by - cori
los Angeles ca usa
Last year I adopted two baby brothers baby and bear they were white with blue eyes there mother was a siamese . Baby was the runt very wobbly in his movements he was very small and I could tell he was a special little boy. Bear was more calm and healthy in the beginning I believe they were of a 1 month to 2 month age range .they got sick weeks later with a type of kitty cold I nursed them back to health for a short period I thought they could survive and maybe three months later baby had started to get worst he peed in the bed and lost movement in his back legs. He became skinnier and bear started to isolate as his pupils were fixed dilated . Baby passed away and from there Bear slowly deteriorated he had a siezure in his sleep a month later and died they didnt live past 5 months. I wish there was something I could have done not a day goes by that I dont miss my babys these kittens had such love courage and spirit love you boys xo
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