We appreciate the huge response our original “FIP and the Bad Cat Breeder” has generated. Not surprisingly, breeders commented letting us know that without a necropsy, FIP cannot definitively be diagnosed. Our article specifically stated that it is the sign of a bad cat breeder IF after exhaustive diagnostic testing, the most likely diagnosis is FIP, a breeder demands a necropsy. We never stated that a breeder who demands a necropsy after a cat was “diagnosed” with FIP based on minimal blood work is a bad breeder. One of our admins lost a kitten they purchased to FIP. The diagnosis was arrived at by extensive testing – blood work, ultrasound guided biopsy, clinical symptoms to the tune of over $4,000. The admin chose to have a necropsy done after the kitten’s demise and it was, of course, FIP. If the breeder would have made a replacement conditional upon a necropsy after this staggering sum was spent, you would have looked at a bad cat breeder. The insistence on a necropsy is directly affected by how much diagnostic testing was performed. In this particular case not only did the breeder chose not to replace, but she actually demanded the return of the kitten so the admin could get a refund of the purchase price. THAT is a Bad Cat Breeder.
For those that commented citing Dr. Pedersen’s statement regarding the 100% diagnosis of FIP being possibly only through a necropsy, please be advised that he reviewed the diagnostic test results of this kitten and concluded it was “FIP”. Again, a necropsy is necessary IF there are inconsistencies that do not support the typical disease profile. Or if the kitten owner choses to put the animal to sleep after minimal diagnostic testing citing “monetary constraints”.
Rescues commented as well, although the relevance with respect to the genetic component of FIP is lacking with cats of unknown origin. This page is about breeders, not rescues.
We have closed commentary on the original post and will not allow commentary on this post. This page is about helping PET BUYERS who are taken to the cleaners by bad breeders who do not take responsibility and hide behind whatever they can possibly hang their hat on to avoid a) having to cough up an replacement and b) having the “FIP stigma” associated with their cattery. “Oh, without a necropsy you cannot be 100% certain. For all I know that kitten died from neglect or poisoning or lymphoma”. If the pet buyer exhausted every single imaginable test to diagnose their kitten and this is the response they get from the breeder, that is the sign of a Bad Cat Breeder.