A kitten I bought from Debbie Corrado last year died of FIP around December. She recently offered to give me a replacement kitten - I was tempted to decline because of her husbandry practices. But in the end, it's a free Ragdoll kitten and she would be taking a loss on it, so I decided it was worth the risk.
Though Debbie was very nice to me and seems to know what she's talking about in writing, in person it is an entirely different story. I feel I need to warn potential customers.
Debbie asked me to meet her in a parking lot. In emails she would ignore requests to see her home. Last Friday she opened the back of her Jeep and an overwhelming odor hit me like a wall. She took out the kitten and handed him to me - he was scruffy and tiny (I had known he was the runt, but he had a potbelly and seemed skinny). I instantly noticed fleas crawling around on his legs. My mother had come with me, and she held him too. Then, suddenly, he had diarrhea all over her. I was so horrified. My mom was a good sport about it (she was luckily wearing a shirt underneath) and waved it off, though we were both nervous. But we weren't about to let this woman take this poor baby back with her. As soon as Debbie drove away, we administered some Advantage and fed him a Capstar pill to kill the fleas (we'd come prepared, as my previous kitten from her had had some fleas too). The poor baby looked sad and miserable. By the time we got him home, most of the fleas seemed to be dead or dying.
The kitten had one more bout of very loose diarrhea as soon as we took him out of the carrier - we washed him off and put him down, and he crawled behind a chair and slept for the rest of the afternoon.
The next day, he went to the vet. They wormed him, and couldn't find anything obviously wrong with him. Thank goodness.
No mistake - this kitten was rescued.
He is slowly learning to use the litterbox. He seems to be a bit constipated so he's having trouble with going #2 in the box. We're being very patient with him, but we went through this with the last kitten too - what kind of breeder doesn't litter train her kittens? Judging by how he smelled last weekend, her whole house is the litter box.
This kitten is rebounding noticeably. At the vet's, he weighed just 1.7 lbs. In a week he's gained almost half a pound, and he no longer looks potbellied from worms. I believe that is down to proper care and nutrition. He's crated when we can't keep an eye on him, but has lots of time to exercise, and is very playful. We're optimistic about his future. But if I had paid money for this kitten, I would be livid. Please don't give Deb your business. I've learned my lesson.
A few last points:
--- Her breeding cats are old. When she has photos of her 'foundation stock' on her webpage from 2006, and still breeding these females in 2013 at age 8+, that's wrong.
--- She doesn't bring the kittens to the vet for vaccinations. She does it at home - how does she know if there's a problem with the kitten if they don't have a normal kitten check up?
--- She's been known to take deposits and cease communication.
Don't be fooled by the testimonials on her website. Debbie should not be breeding animals. Stay away.
I received a kitten from Deb Corrado, and though she is an absolute sweetheart, she did come to me with fleas and ear mites. This breeder releases kittens as young as 8 weeks (most good breeders don't let their kittens go before 12 weeks), and is inconsistent in the date my kitten was born on. She initially told me she was born on April 27, then on her shot record sheet her DOB is April 23, and on her TICA paperwork it's listed as April 21. So now I'm not certain which date is accurate.
Deb appears to have produced a lot of beautiful cats with good personalities. But she seems to have cut some corners in her kitten care.
I truly cannot understand how this woman's cattery is still operating. I had gotten a kitten from her, and she was very nice through out the entire 8 weeks that I had waited for the kitten. Upon her getting the remaining balance of the kitten, she no longer bothered to keep in contact. Reaching her was impossible. I had to put my kitten to sleep at 4 months because of FIP. It is truly painful to have undergone such a massive stress, and I would hate to know that there are other kittens being brought into this world, only to die painfully after a few months. This is the wrong way to make money.