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 Post subject: Re: Dirty Breeder
PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:53 am 
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So I was probably just over-reacting?

I hope his mites clear up quickly and he can spend his time worrying about which toy to pounce on instead! Thank you all for your reassuring comments. Of course I think he is extremely handsome, but I am quite biased!


When you do get your kitten home, whether it's this one or another one, you should take some precautions. Schedule a vet visit the first week you bring the kitten home. Make sure you get, and bring, immunization and other health records from the breeder. The vet will go over the "little things" like fleas and ear mites, and also check out the "big things", like heart function, breathing, eyes, mouth, weight, etc. This way you'll develop a rapport with the vet, get on a regular schedule for immunizations and vet checkups, begin talking about neutering, and make sure your kitten is healthy, and take care of any little problems during the visit. It's also real important because most times the breeder will have some very short window in which they guarantee the health of the kitten. So you want to do that promptly.

I would also recommend getting pet insurance. If the breeder doesn't offer it, you can sign up for it even before you take posession of the kitten (that way the "waiting period" will be over by the time you do your first vet visit, and if anything costly needs to be done, you can use the insurance then and there).

I'm not saying to go through with purchasing from the breeder or not, you need to decide that, but if all you have to do is take care of a few ear mites and fleas during the first few months with your kitten you will have gotten off lightly! Other parasites seem to be pretty common in young kittens, as well as being susceptible to things like upper-respiratory infections. So keep things in perspective.

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 Post subject: Re: Dirty Breeder
PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:33 am 
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Breeders have a lot of cats, new cats are introduced fairly often, some possibly are outside, etc. Mites and other parasites are possible and difficult to eradicate. I am not justifying your little guy having mites, but realize that any time you are dealing with a breeder (or pet store or foster home) there is a decent chance there are a critter or two lurking around the place with that many animals around. It only takes one to infect everyone.

Mites aren't terrible to take care of. Drops and ear cleanings take care of them. I don't see any eye discharge. He looks like a healthy, handsome little guy to me! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Dirty Breeder
PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:34 pm 
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It's just a sad situation because you've come to love the kitty and you know you can provide a loving and healthy home for the cat -- and the kitty deserves that. You've got to go with your heart on this one. I'd take the kitty and deal with whatever problems may come up. This is not the cat's fault and another owner might not be as diligent as you are to care for any health conditions. Of course, I LOVE kitty cats and would take a houseful of them if I had the chance. You've gotten this far -- you might as well go the extra mile.


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 Post subject: Re: Dirty Breeder
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:38 am 
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Fleas are pretty easy to deal with in all honesty. If you use Advocat you have the added bonus that it gets rid of ear mites and protects against things like worms.

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