Inspurrations Cattery / Sick Cat Died Young
My 6-year-old cat, purchased from Inspurrations Cattery when he was a baby, died this month from Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), a genetic and fatal disease found predominantly in Persian cats. When I contacted the owner of Inspurrations, Jackie Margulies, to tell her, last year, about my cat's diagnosis, she said she had never heard of PKD, which I found horrifying given that she's been a breeder for many years. She offered me another kitten at half price. I declined as that was not the point of my contacting her. I urged her to test my cat's mother and father and then contact owners of those kittens. PKD is genetic. PKD is fatal. I contacted her this month to tell her my cat had died and to ask her if she had done her due diligence in testing the breeding pair and contacting owners -- especially if any of those kittens was sold to another breeder. I never heard back, so I have no idea if she did or did not contact them. Or if she ever bothered testing the queen and sire. But I would not recommend buying a kitten from Inspurrations without insisting the breeder test the kitten for PKD first or offer proof that the breeding pair was PKD negative, which requires a now widely available and non-invasive genetic test.