NEWS: Victim Story
My neighbour bought a chinchilla Persian kitten from a classified ad site for £375 but was unable to look after it. I run a boarding cattery, so I offered to take the kitten on. When I picked the kitten up I took it straight to my vet who confirmed my suspicions, the kitten was no more than five weeks old, despite having been advertised as nearly nine weeks old the site.
The poor little thing had ear mites and was so tiny I was worried about Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), which is a fatal, incurable disease that affects cats. Within a couple of weeks I was back to the vets as the kitten had ringworm, his eyes were clouding, and he was losing the balance in his back legs, both of which are signs of dry FIP.
The vet prescribed him with medication in the hope that these symptoms were just a culmination of all the things he had wrong with him from the start, but within a few days I had to take him back as he had lost the use of his back legs, was very listless and his breathing was laboured. The vet sadly confirmed that this was dry FIP, from which he would be unable to recover, and the kindest thing was to put him to sleep. The poor little kitten was only 10 weeks old. The mother cat was obviously not vaccinated and just used as a breeding machine, the kittens had no chance.