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Animal welfare
Brachycephaly: an issue for cats as well as dogs

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FELINE welfare charity International Cat Care is calling on cat lovers to speak out against the deliberate breeding of ‘flat-faced’ cats.

The charity says that there is mounting evidence that brachycephalic cats, such as Persians and exotic shorthairs, suffer from similar health problems as brachycephalic dogs, including breathing problems, eye inflammation, skin infections and difficulty eating. It reports that, in Switzerland, two people who bred extreme brachycephalic cats were successfully prosecuted under the country's Animal Protection Act. It says that …

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