Blue Mountain Ragdolls / Cat breeder selling kittens with ringworm
This breeder/cattery Blue Mountain Ragdolls, Sharron Smith sold us a sick kitten infested with ringworm which we acquired on July 23, 2016. We've spent well over $1500 trying to bring our kitten back to health and rid our home of this monstrous infectious monster. Both my husband and I contracted ringworm and we're still fighting it to this day. Not to mention we saw over a week ago that she was still advertising our same kitten (a picture) under "available kittens" that we bought back in July on her website when she's not even available. She had since removed the picture claiming the kitten again was reserved. I questioned her about it and she said all pictures of the kittens on her website are in her possession. That's NOT possible as that kitten was supposedly sold to us back in May and would be in our possession. She is posting past pictures of kittens claiming they are available when they're clearly not!
Sharron comes across as a very nice woman which I thought she was but I feel greatly deceived by her warm and friendly persona. The very first day we received our kitten she had an upper respiratory infection and had to go to urgent care the very next day. And then as indicated it wasn't until 10 days later when ringworm popped up all over my chest that we realized that the kitten herself was covered in ringworm. Bald spots on her temples, the kitten weighed a mere 2.7 pounds when we got her. She was extremely tiny. When I brought it to her attention about the ringworm she knew exactly how to take care of it and what to buy in order to bathe her and she did admit that she had a kitten brought in from another cattery in Texas for a couple of days that she thought had ringworm. I communicated to Sharron that I am at a total loss and could not understand how she could ever deliver a kitten to us that is infested with ringworm that is extremely hard to get rid of. We live in such a moist environment where ringworm would thrive but let's be clear, it's hard to get rid of ringworm in any environment and I do not wish this horrific NIGHTMARE on anyone!! We have asked the breeder for half the amount back on the kitten, which she agreed to, which would be $425 as we paid $850. This is the least that she should refund back to us. In all honesty, we should receive the full amount of the cat $850. She did offer a full refund if we returned the kitten however, we refused to return the kitten for her own well-being as it would be returning her to a home infested with ringworm again. How else could she have contracted it. We did not sign up to receive a kitten that was sick from day one ever since we brought her home and not to mention the poor kitten herself has to go to the vet week after week after week for lime sulfur dip's and now she's on medicine to try to clear this ringworm. We've been battling this going on 4 months. Our lives have become been put on complete hold. My advice, stay away from this breeder. You cannot trust that you're going to get a kitten that's healthy. I was told in a text direct from the breeder that this kitten was, "oh so healthy!" WHAT A LIE!!! Buyer, please beware!
Updated by Horrified Buyer, Mar 01, 2017
Sorry to disagree but the shampoo Sharron recommended by itself certainly would not rid the kitten of the ringworm, or the household as a whole, not at all! In fact we had to go to two different veterinarians because the ringworm was so severe the sulphur dips themselves would not cure the kitten of the ringworm so we finally had to put her on a low-dose medicine to finally cure the kitten of the ringworm. We had two cultures done both of which came back positive which is why we had to do two separate rounds of sulfur dip's and then had to again go through two rounds of cultures again after more treatments to finally get two back-to-back negatives to ensure the kitten was cured. In the meantime we had to toss any furniture with fabric as before we knew the kitten had ringworm she was all over everything, the entire house, so we had to ensure the ringworm was out of any area, even though we tried to have the furniture cleaned it just wouldn't completely rid the fabric of the ringworm. Not to mention every four days washing the bed linens, bedspreads, towels, etc. etc. with a special cleaning solution especially for this type of situation as ringworm can live in an environment for up to two years if it's not eradicated. I sincerely doubt that Sharron did that within her household to rid the ringworm within her house, it's not just on the kitten it's everywhere in the household. I have to say I'm insulted by the fact that you seem to insinuate that this should've been an easy fix when in fact it was far from. After four months the kitten is finally cured of it thanks to our consistent care and concern and love for the kitten who is now 10 months old. Please educate yourself more on the subject and don't comment on something that you obviously know nothing about!