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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