Sco'Chats Cattery - British Shorthair
Here is a little bit more info....
The cats all receive their routine veterinary care, plus FIV and FeLV testing, at the Parade Street Animal Hospital in Yarmouth, NS. FIV and FeLV are very common in feral cat colonies; therefore outdoor cats are in greater danger of coming into contact with these contagious diseases. One of the many reasons my cats are indoor only.
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is prevelant in a many cat breeds and therefore breeders should be testing their cats before placing them the breeding program. Click on the links above for more information on PKD testing.
HCM testing is performed by a Board Certified Veterinary Cardiologist at the Small Animal Hospital- UPEI Veterinary College in Charlottetown, PEI.
Hypertropic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is another genetic disease common in some cat breeds causing the cats to die young from heart disease. UC Davis does offer a DNA testing for HCM, but one specific for the Maine Coon and one for the Ragdoll. As in humans, there are many genes which can cause HCM; therefore I choose to test with a Board Certified Veterinary Cardiologist who will perform an ultrasound on the heart to detect abnormalities. This is my personal opinion on HCM testing as it is available at the moment. Please do your research to determine what method of testing is best for your cat's breed.
Cardiac testing: As much as I would like to be able to see the Veterinary Cardiologists for HCM screening every year; the distance I need to travel makes it very difficult to accomplish. I have chosen to test my cats for the cardiac marker Pro-BNP. B-type or brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) is a neuroendocrine hormone that is produced as a prohormone (proBNP) in atrial myocytes. With the development of cardiac disease the hormone is also produced and released by ventricular myocytes in an amount that is proportional to the severity of the disease.
Again do your research to determine what method of testing is best for your cat.
Why do the kittens stay at the Cattery until they are 12 to 16 weeks of age?.
Why do we forbid declawing?
Declawing is considered cruel and inhumane. It is equivalent to amputating a human finger at the first knuckle. It cause incredible pain to the cat. There is also the possibility of behavioral changes .. the cat may begin to bite as a form of defense. Cats like to jump and perch; therefore amputating the claws may lead to more injuries to the cat as it can no longer grab on to anything.
There is alot of information on the internet on the negative aspect of declawing, so please do some research before considering such drastic surgery.
I did not post a link as I find the images disturbing.
I hope to post more info on the health and welfare of cats in the future.... keep checking.