Working with health

We have chosen to test our breeding cats for several genetic diseases. However, working with health soon proved to be much more complex than expected - emotionally as well as financially... But I still feel convinced that it is the right way to go, and that we by testing all of our breeding cats will reach the best results.

It is very important to be aware that even though many Maine Coon breeders test for different diseases, it is NOT because the Maine Coon is a specific carrier of these diseases. Not more than any cat, breed or cross-breed! On the contrary, the MCO breeders have chosen to fight the inherited diseases, And the only way is to test the cats, and only breed on the cats with good results.

We are very happy every time a cat passes all tests and likewise sad when a magnificent cat cannot be used for breeding because of bad results - or must wait for new results to come through. It is almost unbearable. However, it would have been a lot worse if the cats weren’t tested and we didn’t know what we were actually dealing with!



What is Struve's cats tested for?

All of our cats are tested for HCM (regularly), Fiv & Felv (regularly), HD, PL, and PKD. You can click on the links to each subject and read more relevant information on these issues.

Therefore, we only buy cats whose parents have been tested, and we are happy to work with others who share this viewpoint.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Hip Dysplasia (HD)

Patellar Luxation (PL)

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Fiv & Felv

Our testresults on the breeding cats:
We do NOT breed with cats who is ill or who is not free of the mentioned diseases.

Our results on HCM and HD are public in the Pawpeds database, and you can find the result for each cat in the database. We are also happy to say that ALL our cats are negative on the DNA mutation cMyBP-C. Either by blodtest or because both parents are tested free on blodtest.

The newest testresults are sometimes not to see on Pawpeds yet. But if they are missing they will come soon.


It feels good knowing that we have done everything possible to breed healthy cats. This also means that we pay a lot of attention to the pedigrees and, in general, work with slightly different, often imported lines with the lowest inbreeding percentage and clone value as possible. We think that a large diversity in the collected gene pool, in general, promotes the health of the Maine Coon cat. On you can read more about genetics, inbreeding percentage etc. There is a lot of interesting reading for all of you who are interested in cats.

You are always welcome to ask us on this issue as well.