Starport Siberians / Kittens with multiple health problems
These "breeders" guaranteed the health of their Russian Siberian kittens. Furthermore acknowledging that they would pay all vet bills the first three weeks if any illnesses were validated by a licensed veterinarian. My husband and I picked up two kittens at 2pm on June 14, 2015. At that time the breeder said that one of the cats was peeing outside the litter box but didn't know which one. At the moment I didn't think more of that.
When we got home not only was one of the kittens peeing outside the box, the other one was pooping outside the box. By 11:15am the next morning, 21 hours after pick them up they were being seen by my vet. Upon testing she discovered that Felix had a UTI (urinary tract infection) causing him to pee anywhere. One of the kittens weighed only 2lbs 1/2 oz and was very bony. The vet asked for fecal samples which tested positive for worms. They were so malnourished the vet could only administer 1/2 the proper dose at a time. The next 8 hours produced 3-4 inch worms in their feces. The kittens were still not feeling better having continued diarrhea. They next test which occurred a day or two later proved positive for Giardia which can be contagious and is caused by bacteria filled water. The drinking water in my home is from a reverse osmosis system which is 99.9% pure. The Giardia was contracted at the breeders. At one point the breeder said that her cats were having diarrhea and when I found out what it was would I let her know so she would know what was the matter with her cats. Later she denied saying this.
At the end of 3 weeks my vet bills were approximately $850. The breeder is not responsible for the nail clip and vaccinations, however the balance was due to illness and therefore owed to me in the amount of $769. The breeder subsequently sent me a check for $498.42 saying she will not pay any more than that. At this point she yelled at me over the phone saying that she wanted the kittens back. Needless to say I am not parting with my now healthy kittens who are thriving and happy.
I've searched online and spoke to authorities in the breeder's town and no one has ever heard of them nor do they appear to be licensed which is required by law in New Hampshire.
Each kitten was priced at $1, 200. I purchased two so received a discount - my total amount paid to the breeder was $2, 160. However, my total cost for the kittens, including the vet bills by the end of 3 weeks, came to approximately $3, 000. If their illnesses could be cured we certainly were not going to be giving these kittens back after all the emotional energy expended in getting them well.
I am writing this in the hope that the breeder will no longer sell sick kittens to new clients.