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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:00 pm 
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the kittens we are supposed to be getting on Monday,we might have to wait a lil bit longer now as one of the kittens (not one of ours) from the litter we are getting has a runny nose and eyes.She has taken it to the vet,she said the vet said it might be cat flu but they are not sure. Its still running round and playing and everything,but she doesn't know how it could of been caught because they haven't been out or in contacted with any other cats.Does anyone know what else it could be? she is supposed to be ringing us on Sunday,but we will prob ring her before then. Caroline

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:39 pm 
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Sorry!
I just realised I should of posted this in another place :oops: I forgot as I was getting worried.Caroline.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 2:42 pm 
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Hi Caroline

It could be a number of things, the vet will probably want to do some swabs for herpes virus, calicivirus, chlamydia etc etc.....Thats if the breeder will pay for them, otherwise they'll just be treated with normal anti-biotics until the virus is under control!

URI's (Upper respiratory infections) can be deadly if left untreated as they will progress into a secondary infection i.e pneumonia.

If the kittens have a strong immune system they will respond just fine to the anti-biotics prescribed by the vet, however it will take atleast a week or so to see any improvements. Also all kittens from the litter will need to be treated regardless of whether they show any symptoms of URI, don't accept any rubbish like "your kittens don't have it....they'll be fine!"

The kittens have more than likely picked this up from mum from birth, and just like with humans.....once you suffer from a viral infection it always remains with you and if for any reason your immune system gets run down through stress or poor diet it can flare up again......The treatment for viruses in cats is just the same as for humans in the respect that you can not cure it but instead offer support to immune system via anti-biotics whenever it does return.

For now its best to leave them with the breeder until the treatment is completed and the symptoms subside!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 2:48 pm 
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Thanks Meemonkey again for your advice. Caroline

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 10:16 am 
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there have been a lot of cases over the winter in the UK of Cat Flu "like" symtoms.it has been recorded on a number of various forums.
they all show signs but all tests are coming up clear etc. it has had a lot of vets baffled! sounds like a mutation of a virus.
treatment is still by a/biotics which seems to clear them!

it could also be something as simple as an allergy like hayfever which thay can get. :D

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 12:51 pm 
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Thanks Filthy_Gorgeous
we have rang them again today,but they have gone to a dog show in Scotland so we will ring again tomorrow morning.The women who we spoke to reckons the kitten is ok now so maybe it was an allergy.I have been getting worried about it all. I was really looking forward to getting them on Monday. Caroline x

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:51 am 
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Hi Caroline,

when you go to pick up your kittens, if they look like they have flu don't buy them especially at 8 weeks old.

I just want to warn you as it could cost you a lot of money in the end. I'd wait now until they are 13 weeks old and fully vaccinated. This could be a road to disaster.

Sorry to sound negative I just need to warn you :(

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 3:24 pm 
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Thanks Wildside
Just been told the kitten that had the sneezing e.t.c is ok now and has been on antibiotics and is just finnising the course. The other kittens are still fine and not showing any signs of anything,the male spotted one we are getting isn't eating as much as the others,so we will ring her on wednesday or visa versa,to see what is happening. :?

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 Post subject: Hello Caroline
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 3:46 pm 
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Hi Caroline,

It's a pity that the full litter weren't put on antibiotics because like Luke mentioned
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Also all kittens from the litter will need to be treated regardless of whether they show any symptoms

In my experiance when a kitten has a tummy upset the whole litter ends up with it too :(

When are you collecting them ?

You might end up at the vets with them both for treatment. Plus their vaccinations.
This breeder should not be letting them go so young Caroline.

The kittens will be so vulnerable coming to you un-vaccinated especially that you already have cats in your home.
This is so unfair that you could be dealing with health problems when you get them.

Is the breeder giving you a health guarantee or 6 weeks Pet insurance ?

I wish that you would walk away. It just doesn't feel good to me.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:12 pm 
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We were supposed to be getting them during this week coming.

we are getting them vaccinated ourselfs when they are nine weeks,we could wait till she had done them herself but it would cost us a lot more money. we have explained everything to our local vet,but we are going to have another word with him about the other kitten in the litter not being to well and what he thinks we should do about the ones we are getting.
We already payed a deposit for them a couple of weeks ago.will have to see what she says and what the vet thinks before we deside :?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:15 pm 
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Hi Caroline

I agree with wildside, I'm not a breeder and although i'm new to bengals I do have 5 cats, one of which we got when she was about 8 weeks (she's only a moggy)

But the day after we got her she started sneezing, she did have cat flu cost us about £160 in treatment (plus now not covered by insurance for any flu like illness)and then when she was well enough for vaccinations another £60 for those.

For the price you are paying for your 2 do you really need the extra expense in vaccinations. I now 13 weeks seems like a long time, but aleast you know then that they are healthy, litter trained and weaned properly onto solid food, plus they should be vaccinated and come with 6 weeks insurance.

If the breeder won't keep them until 13 weeks or offer you the above walk away, i know it's hard but surely better to end up with a healthy cats that are happy.

Just my opinion but quite a few breeders have given you the same advice, something that if it was me I'd listen to.

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 Post subject: Hi Caroline
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:25 pm 
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Hi Caroline,

let us know what your vet thinks about it.
If the breeder was to vaccinate them for you it shouldn't cost you anymore really as it would cost you to get them done.

Atleast if the breeder gets them vaccinated they will have also had a health check before coming to you.

To have them at 13 weeks old vaccinated and vet checked would be much better for you. Trust me those kittens shouldn't be leaving so young. The breeder could have had a lot of visitors like yourself coming to see the kittens and this why the kittens have become poorly. Kittens can pick up all sorts of germs from the bottom of peoples shoes.

Anyway when you see the kittens when it is time for them to go, your instincts will tell you wether you should buy them or not :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:25 pm 
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Thanks oscarsaurus
I wouldn't even know if we could get the deposit back if we did change our minds.The reason we are getting them a bit cheaper than normal priced Bengals is because she is breeding dogs aswell and can't cope with breeding cats too. Which she said she was going to do.S with us paying for their injections it works at around the same price we have seen some of them advertised for.

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