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.
--- In email@example.com, Sue at MAGDRL <susan@...> wrote:
> You have every right to be cautious and I'm very surprised that the
> hasn't already had all their breeding stock tested.
> If you "don't want to go through that again" then have her tested
> bring her home. And prepare youself for a potentially tough
decision if she
> has it.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Paula" <plplat2003@...>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 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