As the name suggests, these cats resemble miniature tigers, with the important difference that they are sweet and friendly to people.
The breed was developed in the 1990s from stock that included a street cat that was found in Kashmir in India.
Toygers are easy-going and fun-loving and are one type of cat breed that takes well to leash training.
Should you Purchase Pet Insurance for your Toyger Cat?
Toygers are sturdy cats that live an average of 12 to 15 years.
Nevertheless, the breed is relatively more susceptible than most cats to a couple of health problems:
- Feline cardiomyopathy: all cats are at risk for cardiomyopathy, which is a term that encompasses four related conditions in which the muscles of the heart become weakened or fail to function properly. In the case of Toygers, there can be a heart murmur. Left untreated, cardiomyopathy often leads to heart failure and death. The condition is diagnosed based on a veterinarian’s examination for heart murmurs and other cardiac abnormalities. Treatment usually involves the administration of drugs that help to restore the heart’s normal rhythm.
- Feline infectious peritonitis: this disease is caused by a virus that can infect such organs as the brain, kidneys and abdomen. Symptoms are non-specific, including lethargy and loss of appetite, which makes peritonitis difficult to diagnose. Treatment options include drugs and blood transfusions. A vaccine has been developed, but so far it has not proved particularly effective.
Knowing that your cat may develop these or other diseases, you can be prepared with pet health insurance for early and aggressive treatment that can extend your cat’s years and increase the quality of life.