Health tested can mean ANYTHING… from just a PCR panel test done to a medium health tested breeder or a heavily health tested breeder and many breeders do none at all.
It is worth finding out a breeders definition of what health tested means to whether it has any relevance.
We test yearly however up to every 2 years can be acceptable depending on personal views on certain tests .
Both parents should be health tested to have any reliance on the kitten’s health indication, otherwise it is unreliable at best.
Many will argue the reliability of testing and may say we know the line history, this is an old excuse used to get around the fact they dont health test in our opinion.
We know the line history also as we check back through generations to see if any hereditary and genetic problems. BUT this simply isn’t enough …
Even with both parents health tested cats and kittens can still throw genetic and heredity problems hence why we require health insurance.
What do we know about a cat’s heart if we have not scanned it? .. nothing at all ..
Does a breeder know if they have parasites without doing individual PCR panel tests… they wouldn’t.
What do we know about a cat’s PKD without testing … we don’t.. a breeder is in the dark completely on the cats whole health, hoping for the best.
Health testing is an extremely valuable and credible tool for information on a cat’s health.
Simply, without health testing you are looking at the cat assuming they are healthy.
Often kittens and cats are NOT! just may not be symptomatic.
Not all Kings and Queens are fit to be breeding cats.
Health Problems could still occur even if you do every health test available to cats as they are living souls and creatures and it is nature.
Being a breeder isn’t just about having kittens. It’s about bettering the breed which includes showing and health testing to improve the health standard and wellbeing of the breed for them to continue and flourish.
Without health tested breeders and good breeders, any breed would become over run with health problems and standards would most certainly fluctuate. Getting a healthy animal would become luck of the draw .
A health tested breeder helps stamp out health problems as best as they whilst maintaining the type and characteristics of the breed standard .
Show breeders are to be admired also as they continue to know what they are breeding.
To conclude, always research your breeder and health tests.
WHAT IS FIP
Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is an important disease of domestic cats. It occurs worldwide in cats of all ages, but the disease is most common in young cats less than two years of age. Although FIP is not a particularly common disease, it is important because once a cat develops the disease, the outcome is almost invariably fatal.
Now a breeder is not responsible in any way nor is it poor practice or something a breeder has done. It is unfortunately one of those diseases a breeder can not forsee or know or can test for we need further research and treatment , currently no licensed treatment for FIP or why it happens .
For FIP unfortunately there are NO health testing that is available and nearly all cats in the world at some point will come in to the coronavirus , it is at my own opinion that no breeder or cattery or pet owner will be corona virus free unless bread in laboratory tested conditions and all testing for corona virus is completely unreliable and this is our vets opinion also and most across the world.
We give one month FIP warranty asides to our our year warranty for genetic and heredity warranty.
What is the cause of FIP
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
There is no known cure and no reliable test for FIP, this horrible disease claims cats of every breed, it is the greatest fear of any breeder and cat owner. There is so very little known about it, however there are many myths and stories that have become “general knowledge”.
FIP is the mutation of a corona virus that brings about severe symptoms leading to death. The feline enteric coronavirus is very common and lives in the intestine of many cats that appear healthy. It mutates very readily and just occasionally this mutation enables the virus to escape from the gut, spreading throughout the body and causing FIP.
Since the symptoms can mimic so many other conditions, vets can reach a diagnose of FIP when they don’t know what’s really wrong with a cat, subsequently as there is no single laboratory test that can definitely diagnose FIP, likewise, no diagnostic procedure can identify which FCoV – infected cats will go on to develop FIP, serology cannot be used to differentiate between FECV and FIPV infections. Vast amounts of money continue to be spent each year by breeders on FIP testing, in almost all cases, the results are non-interpretable, even by the veterinarians. However, although infection with feline coronaviruses is clearly commonplace, (80 – some % of all felines in the world carry the corona virus in their system), the prevalence of FIP disease is low, it is estimated that only 1- 3% ever get sick.
Unfortunately, the highly infectious nature of the FECV and our lack of understanding of its evolution to FIPV make elimination of risk virtually impossible.
There is no generally agreed practical and effective scheme for achieving control as there is for other important infectious agents of cats such as respiratory viruses and FeLV.
FIP losses are thought to be higher among cats that spend their early kittenhood in large multiple cat households such as breeding catteries, and shelters. Overcrowding and intermingling of kittens, adolescent and older cats are a common feature of such environments and are obvious contributors to other infections of cats.
Some catteries isolate and early wean their kittens Prevention of Coronavirus Infection in kittens, however infection with coronavirus is almost assured once these kittens are reintroduced into the normal environment, such as relocation to new homes, visits to the vet/neutering/spaying, cat shows, etc. The advantage of a successful isolation and early weaning program results in a delay to infection to 16 weeks of age or older. This is the time when the immune system begins to attain adult levels of activity and when kittens become more resistant to clinical disease of all sorts, including FIP. Kittens in the 8-12 week age range are just starting to become immunocompetent, near adult levels of immunity are not achieved until 16 weeks and later. Most kittens are exposed to FECV, at an age when they are not fully immunocompetent. If infection to FECV were to be delayed for several more weeks or months, the likelihood of the FIPV mutant taking hold should hopefully be greatly decreased, also kittens retained by breeders for future breeding purpose have the chance for their immune systems to mature giving some of the potential stresses of early life such as vaccination the time to pass before introducing them to the rest of the colony.
Early weaning in isolation also contributes to the control of other infectious agents, cats are known to be secret carriers of many problems however healthy they appear, these problems they can pass on to their kittens.
Catteries contemplating undertaking the isolation and early weaning programme need to be highly experienced in the care of very young kittens, it is not a method for breeders to take on if they cannot dedicate 100% to the kittens care, it’s exspensive and time consuming. Breeders also need to determine whether it is viable given their facilities/husbandry, whether it will work for them.
If the kittens are found to be seropositive at 16 weeks of age, the program has failed.
There is no such thing as a “FIP-negative cattery.”
It is true that there is currently no cure, or totally effective prevention, but breeders can make FIP a rare event via wise cattery management.
Interpreting Titre Results
The gold-standard test for measurement of antibodies to feline coronavirus (FCoV)