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Comparative Analyses of the Gut Microbiota in Growing Ragdoll Cats and Felinae Cats

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Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, Shanghai 200241, China
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Nanjing Policedog Insitute of the Ministry of Public Security, Nanjing 210012, China
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Animals 2022, 12(18), 2467; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12182467
Received: 2 August 2022 / Revised: 3 September 2022 / Accepted: 7 September 2022 / Published: 18 September 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Companion Animals)
Accumulating studies have revealed that the gut microbiota had intimate relations with the animal gastrointestinal tract diseases. Through regulating the development of the host’s intestinal immune system, the gut microbiota could directly influence the host’s intestinal function. In the current study, the gut microbiota of Ragdoll cats and Felinae cats were investigated and compared. Results demonstrated the diversity and richness of the gut microbiota in the Felinae cats were much higher than in the Ragdoll cats. However, the relative abundances of beneficial microbes in the Ragdoll cats were much higher than those in the Felinae cats. In all, different genetic portraits determined the different microbial communities in the feline gut. The candidate probiotics isolated in the growing cat’s gut might be applied to treat the gastrointestinal tract diseases.
Today, domestic cats are important human companion animals for their appearance and favorable personalities. During the history of their domestication, the morphological and genetic portraits of domestic cats changed significantly from their wild ancestors, and the gut microbial communities of different breeds of cats also apparently differ. In the current study, the gut microbiota of Ragdoll cats and Felinae cats were analyzed and compared. Our data indicated that the diversity and richness of the gut microbiota in the Felinae cats were much higher than in the Ragdoll cats. The taxonomic analyses revealed that the most predominant phyla of the feline gut microbiota were Firmicutes, Bacteroidota, Fusobacteriota, Proteobacteria, Actinobacteriota, Campilobacterota, and others, while the most predominant genera were Anaerococcus, Fusobacterium, Bacteroides, Escherichia-Shigella, Finegoldia, Porphyromonas, Collinsella, Lactobacillus, Ruminococcus_gnavus_group, Prevotella, and others. Different microbial communities between the Ragdoll group and the Felinae group were observed, and the compared results demonstrated that the relative abundances of beneficial microbes (such as Lactobacillus, Enterococcus, Streptococcus, Blautia, Roseburia, and so on) in the Ragdoll group were much higher than in the Felinae group. The co-occurrence network revealed that the number of nodes and links in the Felinae group was significantly higher than the Ragdoll group, which meant that the network of the Felinae group was larger and more complex than that of the Ragdoll group. PICRUSt function analyses indicated that the differences in microbial genes might influence the energy metabolism and immune functions of the host. In all, our data demonstrated that the richness and diversity of beneficial microbes in the Ragdoll group were much higher than the Felinae group. Therefore, it is possible to isolate and identify more candidate probiotics in the gut microbiota of growing Ragdoll cats. View Full-Text
Keywords: growing cat; Ragdoll cat; Felinae cat; gut microbiota; morphological portraits growing cat; Ragdoll cat; Felinae cat; gut microbiota; morphological portraits
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Li, Z.; Di, D.; Sun, Q.; Yao, X.; Wei, J.; Li, B.; Liu, K.; Shao, D.; Qiu, Y.; Liu, H.; Cheng, Z.; Ma, Z. Comparative Analyses of the Gut Microbiota in Growing Ragdoll Cats and Felinae Cats. Animals 2022, 12, 2467. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12182467

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Li Z, Di D, Sun Q, Yao X, Wei J, Li B, Liu K, Shao D, Qiu Y, Liu H, Cheng Z, Ma Z. Comparative Analyses of the Gut Microbiota in Growing Ragdoll Cats and Felinae Cats. Animals. 2022; 12(18):2467. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12182467

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Li, Zongjie, Di Di, Qing Sun, Xiaohui Yao, Jianchao Wei, Beibei Li, Ke Liu, Donghua Shao, Yafeng Qiu, Haixia Liu, Zhanjun Cheng, and Zhiyong Ma. 2022. "Comparative Analyses of the Gut Microbiota in Growing Ragdoll Cats and Felinae Cats" Animals 12, no. 18: 2467. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12182467

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