A study that reviewed the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals’ complete hip dysplasia registry through April 2015 found that the overall prevalence of feline hip dysplasia in Maine Coon cats is 24.9 percent (635 out of 2,548 cats). Prevalence is slightly higher in males at 27.3 percent (279 of 1,023) compared to females at 23.3 percent (356 of 1,525).
Cats usually develop hip dysplasia between 3 months and 31⁄2 years of age. Signs of hip dysplasia in cats are often subtle and may include inactivity, aggression, reluctance to go up and down stairs, and resistance to handling.
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Jackie Brown is a freelance writer from Southern California who specializes in the pet industry. Reach her at jackiebrownwriter.wordpress.com.