For the most part, the Bombay and Burmese are healthy
breeds with very few health concerns. However, "Contemporary"
Bombay and Burmese lines can have health and genetic problems.
These problems include the cranial-facial defect (which
is lethal), excessive eye tearing and breathing problems
due to the foreshortened nose and sinus cavities, and
dental disease. The craniofacial defect presents at birth.
Kittens with the defect are born with severely deformed
heads and must be euthanized immediately. Those who are
interested in pets need not be concerned about the head
defect. Those who breed and show must decide if they want
to deal with this issue. (More information about the cranial-facial
defect can be obtained from "The Feline Genome project,
Cranial-Facial Abnormality" (http://www.bjelkes.dk/CRD-LYon%27s%20site.htm)
health of my cats and kittens is very important to me;
therefore, Kats'n'Klamms Bombays and Burmese are strictly
from "Traditional" lines and DO NOT carry the
gene that produces the cranial-facial defect. As a consequence,
they are NOT prone to the excessive eye tearing, breathing
problems and dental disease associated with the cranial-facial
defects. The gene pool in North America of Burmese and
Bombays that do not carry the head defect is relatively
small, so I am working with another Bombay & Burmese
breeder to import cats that do not carry the head defect
from other countries. To that purpose, we have created
a new cattery, NFusion, and are registering the import
cats under that cattery name. Chagall's Mahalath of NFusion
is one of the first cats we registered.