Was looking to get some opinions on my situation...As some of you might have read in my last post, my little kitten has been diagnosed with FIP...the whole situation has been absolutely heartbreaking..As of now, he is still with me, but his bloating is slowly growing worse, and he has lost a lot of weight. The vet prescribed him a steroid, which seems to make him feel a bit better, and his appetite is pretty good, but he is pretty lethargic.
Before I get into the story, I got him from a non registered bengal breeder I found on kijiji. I know the whole thing about buying from backyard breeders, and the negative things about it, but as a student, I will not be able to afford a bengal cat from a registered breeder any time soon, and I absolutely love the breed and the personality...so please don't give me flack for this.
Anyways, getting to the point, the breeder was 3 hours away from me. So after falling in love with the pictures of him, I took a risk and bought him. When I went to pick him up, I was a bit sketched out by the facility. To begin with, the breeder probably had about 30 dogs in various pens and paddocks on her property. When we got inside her house,she had one room equipped with various pens, and in this one room, she housed 2 litters of kittens, as well as 3 litters of puppies. The room was definitely not the cleanest. As i said, i was a bit sketched out, but the breeder seemed nice enough, and appeared to like her animals, so I brought Saren home.
Events continued as they did, and now I am in the situation that I am in. In my research on FIP, it seems that it is linked to kittens growing up in poor living conditions, and that kittens from the same litter are more likely to develop it. I e-mailed the breeder and told her of my situation, but never heard back from her. I assume this is because she probably thinks I want another kitten from her(because he did come with a health guarantee promising a replacement kitten or something. obviously i dont want another kitten from her). Now I don't really care that she doesnt want to be a grown up and respond to me, nothing she can say will make me feel better, or give me my healthy kitten back, but I am concerned about her breeding operation.
Maybe she is aware that the cats she is breeding have a genetic disposition towards this, and isn't telling people. I'm sure she hasn't sent an e-mail out to everyone who purchased a cat from Saren's litter being like 'hey, you should know about this'. I know for a fact that she is still breeding Saren's parents, because I see her adds on kijiji. Even if the case with Saren is a one off, she still is pumping kittens out like no tomorrow...
Is there anything I can do about this?What would you guys do? It jsut makes me so upset knowing that there could be other people who are getting kittens with FIP, and will have to go through what I have.