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Feline Central Retinal Degeneration in Captive Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)

Ron Ofri, Robert Y. Barishak, Gabi Eshkar and Itzhak Aizenberg
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Vol. 27, No. 1 (Mar., 1996), pp. 101-108
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20095551
Page Count: 8
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Feline Central Retinal Degeneration in Captive Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)
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Abstract

Progressive loss of vision was noted in three unrelated, captive cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus). An ophthalmologic examination of two of the cheetahs and histologic findings from the eyes of the third, which has been euthanized, revealed lesions typical of feline central retinal degeneration. This condition has been associated with dietary taurine deficiency in domestic cats. Dietary supplementation with taurine has been initiated in the two surviving cheetahs.

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