On Tuesday, 8th February 2011, adult cats from PL*Koc-Pol Cat has undergone cardiological examination and echocardiographic examination with an ultrasound machine performed by DVM Rafał Niziołek, a veterinarian who specializes in cardiology, emergency and critical care, a member of European Society of Veterinary Cardiology (ESVC) and European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (EVECCS). Among other vets Rafał Niziołek is involved in European HCM Health Programme provided by PawPeds. The results of the examinations will be published soon on PawPeds - an online database engaged with Health Programmes against conditions such as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) and Restrictive Cardiomyopathy (RCM), which can be diagnosed by a specialists trained in advanced echocardiography examinations.

All the results have came out very good (normal) except for one ambiguous reading (equivocal), that will be repeated in about three months, so there are no doubts. Sometimes the test can be disrupted and therefore ambiguous, so the screening has to be done again to prove that the cat is healthy.

Every cat in Koc-Pol cattery has already been genetically tested for HCM, but as the absence of the mutation in a cat does not mean that it will never develop HCM, and it’s presence is not necessarily a sign that a cat will develop significant heart disease and die, a Health Programme should be designed and animals need to be screened regularly.