Long Island Ragdolls / Selling cats with genetic heart defects
My mother purchased a kitten from this breeder 9 years ago. The poor cat died of a massive heart attack at the age of four and a half. The vet said it was a genetic heart condition. My mother contacted the breeder who provided her condolences and a new kitten at a reduced price. The poor new kitten now four years old died yesterday 7/21/2011. Guess how? Genetic heart defect per the vet. I called the breeder. They are very sorry and they are now testing their cats. They do love their cats, but I do not think they are taking this serious enough.
I would still not purchase from them. Just a warning. Ask for proof of HCM testing(hydrocardiomyopathy)...please. For the sake of your new family member. 4 years old is way too short of a cat life!