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FIP In Breeding Cattery Cats — 7 Comments

  1. I recently rescued three babies from the outside, one because the mom abandoned him at about 4 wks of age and I bottle fed him and taught him to potty on his own in the liter box and at 6 weeks I brought in his brother and sister because I had someone that wanted all three kittens. She took my little guy home first, who I now call Trooper because of what he has already been through in his now 7 weeks of life. The lovely couple took him to the vet the next day only to find out he has FIP, I have never heard of it until now and it scares me because my cats were around him a couple of times, my vet is not concerned I will have issues because my two are very healthy cats. When I got the call from the couple that took him, I of course was willing to take him back and reimburse them for the Vet bills which they kindly said no to reimbursing them because it’s a chance you take when you adopt a cat. I didn’t ask for any money for the kittens, I just wanted a good home and pictures sent so I could see the progress they were making sadly enough, because of the one kitten, they were not going to change the other two which I totally understand. I had already taken Trooper to the vet at 5 weeks to get him checked out and dewormed. My heart breaks for this little guy because he is now locked up in a room by himself while his brother and sister are in another room playing together. My cats are in yet another room so they don’t try to go in the room with the kittens. I’m told that kittens are not usually tested until about the 4th or 5th month because their systems are still developing so i’m not sure what to do. All I know, is I am going to try and give Trooper the best life he can have before he gets sick. Right now he is doing great. I am also told that just because he is diagnosed, there is no guarantee the others will have it as well. It may be the reason the mom left him behind, she new he was sick. I won’t be testing the other kittens for a few more weeks so I can be sure to get an accurate reading but all three are very high energy, loving and playful. I know the day may come where Trooper starts showing symptoms of FIP and I dread it but if he was left in the outdoors by himself, he may already have died of starvation after being abandoned so at least he is getting lots of love right now

  2. i lost a male kitten to FIP after having him for only a month i also had purchased breeding rights she did replace him although none of my vet bills were acknowkedged and i also had to pay shipping again on the new kitten now my dear Isabella i purchased a year ago fron this same breeder is sick the vet is not sure she seems to be responding to antibiotic therapy its just wait and see the new kitten seems fine but im not happy out nearly 4000 and have sick kittens that i proly cant breed and the breeder is closing her cattery imagine that!BTW my babies are Persians

    • God, it sounds awful. It makes me mad to read your comment because some breeders just are so unethical but thanks for commenting. First hand experiences are the best for hard information.

  3. I was sold a sick kitten last fall from a Norwegian Forest Cat breeder. Within days of getting my kitten home he began getting very sick. I contacted the breeder and they knew he might get what they called upper respiratory infection and they sent me antibiotics via the mail.

    These antibiotics did not help at all and my kitten just kept getting sicker. When I purchased the kitten I told her that I had a very old cat that I loved dearly. I took the sick kitten to my vet and after extensive blood work I was told he had the corona virus and that he was possible mutating into FIP.

    I paid for show quality and breeding rights. I still had a sizable amount to pay him off. He infected my elderly Bengal cat who has been my friend for 18 years and now she is dying a slow death as well. I have over 1,000.00 in vet bills to date and I recently lost my very expensive kitten and now I am watching my old cat slowly starve to death and suffer incontinence with chronic diarrhea.

    These greedy breeders are suing me for almost 10,000.00. I have no choice but to counter claim for my losses and I wondered if anyone else has held these kitten breeders accountable in court?

    I am not saying that all breeders are irresponsible and greedy people but what gives them the right to keep breeding after they know their kittens could have FIP and die. The percentage of FIP kittens is rising rapidly. I believe “failure to disclose” the presence of corona virus in their cats is criminal and should be prosecuted. That their cats have corona virus is a crime.

    I wonder why people aren’t demanding compensation and accountability. It is not being responsible to breed these sick cats. I am not angry or name calling anyone, I simply want to be made aware before I give them money for a kitten that is infected. At the very least there ought to be a register of breeders known to sell corona virus kittens. It is unethical. These breeders only give a 72 hour guarantee.

    I have just been through a year of hell on earth because of them.

    • Thanks for sharing. Your story was hard to read because I can really feel what you have gone through. It is shocking and I don’t how prevalent this sort of problem is with purebred breeders.

      I also find it outrageous that the breeder is suing you. Have they threatened court proceedings or started them? From what you say they won’t succeed and will suffer loss on your counterclaim.

      I wish you the best. Provided you tell the absolute truth (I believe you are) you can name this breeder without getting sued for defamation because it is the truth.

      I wish you the best of luck and I am sorry you lost your kitten.

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