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Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a neurological disease and is characterised by weakness and atrophy (degeneration) of muscles.

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a neurological disease and is characterised by weakness and atrophy (degeneration) of muscles. Cats show gait abnormalities because muscles are affected.

Clinical features

Signs include gait abnormalities and a muscle tremor primarily involving the hindquarters. By the age of 5 months, the muscle atrophy is evident in all limbs. Cats usually show a gait of wide-placed forelimbs swaying pelvis.

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References

Pubmed ID: 16899656

Omia ID: 939

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