Burmese Cat Health Survey

Dear cat owner,

Thank you very much for taking time to participate in our Burmese Cat Health Survey and supporting the research of genetic risk factors of diabetes in Burmese cats at the Royal Veterinary College. The results of this study will be important to improve the health status of the Burmese cat breed.

The aim of this survey is to estimate how many Burmese cats are affected by diabetes and if any other health conditions occur more frequently in diabetic Burmese. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes. We do acknowledge that if you own more than one Burmese cat, you might not be able to fill in the survey for all of them. We would be grateful if you could complete the survey for any of your Burmese that are diabetic and for at least one of any non-diabetic Burmese you own, but information about any number of Burmese cats will be greatly appreciated. It would be of great value for us, if you could at least fill in the age, gender and diabetes status (questions 3-7) and the registration number (+/- pedigree if possible; questions 1 and 2) for as many of your Burmese cats as possible.

The registration number and pedigree will be used for the purposes of pedigree analysis which will enable us to uncover how diabetes is in inherited in Burmese cats. Providing your cat’s pedigree and registration number is optional and we would appreciate if you would participate in this health survey even if you prefer not to supply the pedigree information. You can also opt to supply the registration number only (without the pedigree) as this will still be valuable information for the pedigree analysis and will enable us to identify your cat in pedigrees provided by other owners.

The information about your cat’s pedigree will be treated confidentially and the pedigree/ registration number will be exclusively used to establish how diabetes is inherited in Burmese cats and not to locate your cat’s current residence or your personal data.

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* 1. Please enter your cat’s registration number here:

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* 2. Please upload the pedigree below.

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* 3. How old is your Burmese?
Please tell us the age of your cat in years:

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* 4. Is your Burmese female or male?

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* 5. Where in the world does your Burmese originate from?

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* 6. Is your Burmese diabetic?

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* 7. If your response to question 5 was “Yes”, when was your cat diagnosed with diabetes?
Please tell us the year of the diagnosis:

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* 8. Does your cat have a relative affected by diabetes?

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* 9. Has your cat been used in breeding or are you planning to do so?

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* 10. How many Burmese cats live in your household?

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* 11. Do additional cats, of breeds other than Burmese, live in your household? (Please tick all options that apply to you.)

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* 12. Where does your Burmese cat spend most of his/her time?

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* 13. What is your Burmese’s weight?

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* 14. A body condition score (BCS) is a number assigned to a cat’s body type ranging from 1-9, with 1 being very underweight and 9 being obese. BCS is closely related to your cat’s weight and overall health.
What is your Burmese cat’s body condition score? Please estimate based on the Body Condition Score System below.

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* 15. What is your Burmese cat’s diet? (Please tick all options that apply to your cat.)

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* 16. Does your Burmese cat have free access to food for the entire day?

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* 17. Over the past year, has your Burmese shown any of the following clinical signs? (Please tick all options that apply to your cat.)

  No Few times per year Few times per month Few times per week Few times per day All the time
Vomiting
Diarrhoea
Poor appetite
Dental calculus or "smelly breath" 
Increased thirst
Increased frequency of urination
Straining to urinate
Blood in urine
Discharge from the eyes
Discharge from the nose or sneezing
Cough
Itchy skin
Hair loss
Lameness
Difficulties jumping
Reduced activity
Head tilt
Seizure
Blindness

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* 18. Over the past year, has your Burmese been losing weight?

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* 19. If known, please specify the reason for weight loss (e.g., disease causing weight loss):

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* 20. Has your Burmese cat been diagnosed with any of the following diseases? How was the diagnosis made?
(Please tick all options that apply to your cat. If your cat is healthy and has not been diagnosed with any disease, please indicate under 'Other (please specify)' in the text box below.)

  No Yes, diagnosed by a vet Yes, diagnosed by myself Don't know
Obesity
Acromegaly
Hyperthyroidism
Other hormonal disease
Hypokalaemia (low potassium concentration)
Chronic kidney disease
Cystitis/ urinary tract infection
Urinary tract stones
Pancreatitis
Inflammatory bowel disease
Constipation
Cholangitis/ hepatitis (gall bladder/ liver inflammation)
Fatty liver
Food allergy causing vomiting/diarrhoea
Skin allergy
Skin disease other than allergy
Ear disease
Eye disease
Dental disease (dental calculus, gingivitis, etc.)
Asthma
Pneumonia
Heart disease (e.g., hypertrophic cardiomyopathy)
Heart murmur (cause unknown)
High blood pressure
Anaemia (cause unspecified)
Immune-mediated anaemia
Arthritis
Neurological disease
Reproductive disease
Lymphoma
Skin tumour
Mammary gland tumour
Oral cavity tumour
Lung tumour
Liver tumour
Kidney tumour
Cat flu
FeLV
FIV

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* 21. Has your Burmese received any of the following medications over the past year and how frequently has he/she been receiving those?

  No Yes, only once Yes, few times per year Yes, few times per month Yes, few times per week or daily
Steroid injections
Steroid tablets
Antibiotic injections
Antibiotic tablets
Painkillers
Medication against nausea/vomiting
Insulin injections
Tablets to treat diabetes
Medical castration (megestrol acetate)

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* 22. Have you completed this survey for any of your other Burmese cats?

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* 23. If your cat is diabetic, has your vet submitted a sample for free fructosamine measurement to the RVC’s Companion Animal Diabetes Register at any of your cat’s recent diabetes re-exams?

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* 24. Are you a member of the Burmese Cat Club or one of other clubs devoted to the Burmese breed in the UK?

Thank you once again for your participation in this health survey! Your support is invaluable and this research would not be possible without your help!

For more information about the health survey and blood sample submission for our genetic study, please visit our website:
https://www.rvc.ac.uk/research/research-centres-and-facilities/clinical-investigation-centre/projects/investigation-of-genetic-risk-factors-of-diabetes-mellitus-in-european-burmese-cats
If you have any questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact Katarina Hazuchova by emailing fdrc@rvc.ac.uk. Thank you!

The Diabetic Remission Clinic Team, Royal Veterinary College (University of London)

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