Usta Siberians / Cat Breeder
I adopted a Siberian cat from Olga, owner of Usta Siberians in NJ. I read through all the info online about this breeder and ensured she was accredited.
Unfortunately I learned several months ago that the kitten she sold me has FIP, an incurable and fatal disease. I contacted Olga who told me it was the vet's fault and suggested I gave her a rabies shot too young.
I'm not here to talk about FIP -- it's highly prevalent in catteries. Nor am I here to get into the vaccinate / anti-vaccinate battles.
Bottom line I bought my little baby for $1000. Then spent over $5000 finding out why she was sick and now I face watching my baby die before she reaches her 2 year birthday.
I am not here to slam Olga and am glad others had good experiences but if I had known there was a history of FIP in her cattery, I wouldn't have taken the chance. She's offered me another cat but I can't emotionally even consider that.
Updated by Boobiboo, Dec 14, 2016
Dear all: I have received many emails from people who have either lost kittens from Usta Siberians (specifically from FIP) or who have healthy cats that they worry will become ill. I have set up a FB support group for information sharing.
Email: [protected]@groups.facebook.com (Emails sent to this address will appear as posts in the group)
Updated by Boobiboo, Dec 24, 2016
Two days ago (12/22/16), yet ANOTHER Usta kitten died from FIP. Please reach out to me at boobear.[protected]@gmail.com and join the FB group "Owners of Usta Siberians". This situation is NOT getting any better and Olga is not making any efforts to change her behavior and stop breeding and selling sick kittens.