I am a veterinarian and there are four breeds of cats that I would never have, one of them is too aggressive

I am a veterinarian and there are four breeds of cats that I would never have, one of them is too aggressive

WITH Christmas just around the corner, many of us have a new furry friend at the top of our wish list.

Fortunately, a veterinarian has tried to make the decision on which breed a little easier.

Ben often shares his pet advice online with his 128,000 followers.

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Ben often shares his pet advice online with his 128,000 followers.Credit: TikTok/@ben.the.vet
The animal fanatic shared the breeds he would avoid, including Bengals, Sphynx cats, Scottish Folds and Persian cats.

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The animal fanatic shared the breeds he would avoid, including Bengals, Sphynx cats, Scottish Folds and Persian cats.Credit: TikTok/@ben.the.vet

Ben, known online as @ben.the.vethe often shares his pet advice online with his 128,000 followers.

in his last videoThe animal fanatic shares the breeds he would avoid, including Bengals, Sphynx cats, Scottish Folds and Persian cats.

“I’m a veterinarian and here are four cat breeds I would never choose to buy.

“I say buy because if it was a rescue situation and they needed to be adopted, then that’s different and I would consider them.

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“Remember that with the videos above, this is only based on my personal experience as a veterinarian.

“When we talk about health issues, there is science to back up what I say, but ultimately this is my opinion.

“Number four for me is the Bengal. They are beautiful cats, they have beautiful coats, I can see why people like them.

“But what many people don’t know is that they are a hybrid between a type of wild cat, called an Asian leopard cat, and domestic cat breeds, so they are still quite wild in terms of behavior and temperament.

“And at vets, they have a reputation for being quite aggressive.

“Usually it’s out of fear, but they can actually be quite dangerous to handle.

“They are very intelligent, they need a lot of stimulation and unfortunately many homes are not suitable for them.

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“Number three for me is the Sphynx. Nothing against them, they are good cats, I just prefer to hug them. [with] a furry cat

“Another breed I would never buy is a Scottish Fold cat, and the reason is that their curled ears, which is their most distinguishing feature, are actually due to a cartilage disorder called Osteochondrodysplasia.

“The problem is that this faulty cartilage is also found in all of their joints, and this means they commonly develop painful arthritis at a young age.

“To me, that is just cruel and unfair, and I could never support her upbringing.

“Number one for me is the Persian cat and that’s because of how flat their faces are, and how many problems it causes them in terms of their health, and their day to day life.

“As with brachycephalic dog breeds like French bulldogs and pugs, there are some breeders who try to breed Persian cats with less extreme characteristics, but in my experience, they are in the minority and generally people are very far away. . accepting too much the health problems that these cats have.

“I have seen Persian cats whose noses look inverted on their face, in the sense that their eyes protrude beyond the nose.

“People don’t realize that they can have difficulty breathing just like [bad] like some of the flat-faced dog breeds and that’s for the same reasons in general.

“Their nostrils are too small, all the bones in their nostrils are crowded together, and they often have too long a soft palate at the back of their throat.

“Their tear ducts usually don’t work properly, so all the ghosts from their eyes collect around their eyes.

“Because of the shape of their heads and the fact that they have these bulging eyes, they are very prone to eye problems, like corneal ulcers.

“Everyone is predisposed to heart disease and a problem called polycystic kidney disease, which studies show affects 40 percent of them.

“Oh, and they’re also prone to dental disease. So they’re a bit of a disaster for your overall health and for that reason I could never buy one.”

Fans took to the comments to agree with the vet, with many sharing their own experiences with the breeds.

One wrote: “Bengalis definitely need the right owners and breeders to make it work. Lots of socializing and activities, otherwise they get bored and destructive.”

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Others encouraged their followers to adopt, rather than buy from a breeder. One commented: “Adopt, don’t buy!! There [are] So many kittens in foster shelters in need of a loving home.”

But not everyone agreed with the vet’s views, with one writing: “Not the sphynx slander. They are so loving, I love them.”

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