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40043Re:Breeders Perspective

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  • melaniejanie
    Aug 26, 2010
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      Hi all,
      I am a relatively new breeder (3 years) and while I have had no HCM so far, I would like to scan all my breeding cats. I am based in the UK and have looked into the FAB Cats list of registered cardiologists who provide HCM scans. I've called a handful of them and all have quoted prices between £300 and £400 per cat (not to mention the travel costs to get there). I cannot afford to do this every year as I am only a small breeder and already I make a loss breeding as we feed good food, show a lot and do a lot of other health testing.

      I am wondering if those of you based in the UK who have done proactive screening could provide details of the cardiologist used and the price you were charged? I really think that if scans were more affordable there would be a lot more breeders willing to check their cats regularly.

      Thanks in advance

      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, elfinmyst@... wrote:
      > Hi
      > My foundation breeding boy had HCM, we collected him at 3 months old and he
      > was diagnosed with a heart murmur at the vet check. I had him scanned and
      > HCM was diagnosed. I was unfortunate enough that my foundation girl had the
      > same diagnosis three weeks later. The breeder was devastated and we kept
      > both kittens.
      > I neutered the HCM kitties and they're much loved pets. I bought another
      > foundation girl a year later who was scanned twice under the UK FAB scheme
      > for HCM and heart disorders. I would not breed from any girl who was not
      > scanned and all my kittens are scanned, but then I only have one small hobby
      > litter a year so it's easier for me.
      > My kittens are scanned too and so far all have been negative. It's £200 for
      > a scan, but well worth it. The certificate is available online with the
      > cats name and pedigree. My cats have had samples taken and hope to find the
      > genetic cause of HCM in their breed and then I would test each and every cat
      > without exception if there were a test available.
      > Lyn
      > _www.myfurkids.co.uk_ (http://www.myfurkids.co.uk/)
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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