Feline central retinal degeneration in captive cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)

Ron Ofri*, Robert Y. Barishak, Gabi Eshkar, Itzhak Aizenberg

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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.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)101-108
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1996


  • Acinonyx jubatus
  • Cheetah
  • Degeneration
  • Feline
  • Feline central retinal degeneration
  • Retina
  • Taurine


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