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Re: [FH] Advice re adopting a new kitty

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  • Paula
    Thanks for the feedback, Sue! One point of clarification - the kitty isn t breeder stock. In fact, she was spayed at @ 6 months old. The breeder has kept her
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      Thanks for the feedback, Sue!

      One point of clarification - the kitty isn't breeder stock. In fact,
      she was spayed at @ 6 months old. The breeder has kept her simply
      because Beebers is so cute.

      Paula

      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, Sue at MAGDRL <susan@...> wrote:
      >
      > Paula,
      >
      > You have every right to be cautious and I'm very surprised that the
      breeder
      > hasn't already had all their breeding stock tested.
      >
      > If you "don't want to go through that again" then have her tested
      before you
      > bring her home. And prepare youself for a potentially tough
      decision if she
      > has it.
      >
      >
      >
      > Sue
      >
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "Paula" <plplat2003@...>
      > To: <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 12:40 PM
      > Subject: [FH] Advice re adopting a new kitty
      >
      >
      > > I need some advice from you all about adding a new kitty to my home.
      > >
      > > Here's the story: I've posted before about my Jesse - he developed CHF
      > > and HCM 3 years ago just after his first birthday. He has stable,
      > > moderate HCM thanks to luck and medication. His brother Tristan, who
      > > also lives with me, has no symptoms, nor do any of the other litter
      > > mates. The boys will be 4 the day before Valentine's Day next week.
      > >
      > > I kept Jesse, even though he was sold with a health guarantee....there
      > > was no way I could give him back even after he got sick! In
      > > recompense, the breeder has offered to give me another kitty named
      > > Beebers, who is almost 18 months old, beautiful and feisty.
      > >
      > > BUT the boys' father (named Snoopy) is her great-grandfather; the
      > > breeder thinks that Snoopy may have passed on the HCM gene to Jesse so
      > > there may be a chance that Tristan has it - and so might Beebers.
      > > From my research, I know that a cat needs to inherit the HCM gene from
      > > only one parent to develop the disease.
      > >
      > > I'm wondering if I should bring Beebers home now, or wait for a while
      > > until she - and the boys - are tested for the gene. Although I fell
      > > in love with her at first sight, I don't want to go through the pain
      > > of HCM again, especially if Tristan develops it too (shudder).
      > >
      > > I welcome any feedback. Am I being over-cautious?
      > >
      > > Thanks in advance.....
      > >
      > > Paula, Momcat to Malka, Jesse, Tristan, and Angel Kallie
      > >
      > >
      >
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