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Chartreux Health Issues — 3 Comments

  1. Would you mind sharing the name of the breeder who sold sick kittens? I’m about to get a Chartreux from a breeder that does recommend killed rabies vaccines because of several deaths of kittens from other breeders. I want to make sure I’m not making a mistake.

    • Hi, thanks for visiting and asking. I own the site. I think the comment you are referring was made a long time ago – years go perhaps – consequently you are unlikely to receive a response. Good luck in any event.

  2. I refer to Feline Infectious Peritonitis as FIPS in a number of places. The correct abbreviation is FIP. There is a Yahoo group that you can join, if you are a breeder or have lost a cat to FIP, that provides a lot of information on the disease. I don’t have any research to back up my view, but I think you have to be very vigilant when it comes to degree of inbreeding and the number of awards a cattery receives. There’s a delicate balance between form and function.

    With regard to Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) and chartreux cat breeders, be warned that membership in the association should not be taken as any kind of recommendation. I am still very angry. In addition, I used to think that a cat breeder who was a researcher, a lawyer, an MD, or a PhD. in some way meant their professional training would enhance their skills as a cat breeder. In both cases where I purchased sick cats, the breeders had advanced professional degrees. Rather than enhance their cat breeding lines, their arrogance and certainty in being right seemed to blind them to their shortcomings.

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