Siamese and Balinese cats and kittens — unhealthy animals
Diane Varni hoards unhealthy cats in an environment that can only be described as utter squalor. The overwhelming stench of cat urine can be smelled from the dirt driveway outside the house. Although some cats appear to be healthy(ier) the inside of the house is overrun with cats and kittens exhibiting nasal discharge as well as discharge from the eyes. Kitten diarrhea is visible all over the house. Diane Varni doesn't take her animals to a veterinarian for treatment. She "trades' for medications to treat her animals. She admits she "tests" the drugs on the stray and unwanted cats that have been dropped at her home. If the drugs don't kill the strays, she gives them to the indoor cats. She's not a veterinarian so she has no idea what kind of dosage is necessary OR safe. However, she states she believes she knows more about the health and treatment of cats than any veterinarian we consulted. The two kittens we purchased/rescued from her both tested positive for the Corona virus, the precursor to its mutated form: FIP (feline infectious peritonitis). At the time we acquired the kittens, three separate, unaffiliated veterinarians were concerned they would not survive to adulthood. Over the course of several months, we spent thousands of dollars trying to treat the cats and nurse them back to health. While they currently appear to be relatively healthy (one cat still has a chronic cough and both cats suffer from periodic bouts of conjunctivitis originally contracted in Diane’s home) we've been instructed by our veterinarian to have any visitors to our home (who possess cats of their own) change their shoes before they return to their own homes, in order to avoid passing the virus to their own pets. We have also been warned not to bring any other cats into our home. THESE RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY FOR THE REST OF THESE CATS LIVES. When she was notified of their illness (within hours of accepting custody of the kittens) Diane exhibited no interest in the health of the kittens. Her only interest was in the money she believed was still due her. We also discovered that any protracted communication with Diane was impossible. Her views and responses vary from conversation to conversation so it is impossible to make any progress trying to resolve our concerns and reach a mutually agreeable conclusion. Finally, although not a significant concern to us, Diane Varni's website *used* to specify her animals were CFA and ACA registered. As the result of my inquiry, CFA told me Diane had never registered any cats with them. They also stated they were going to ask her to pull their name from her website. After a long Internet search, I was finally able to locate a disconnected number for ACA which led me to an active telephone number. The organization appears to be run by a lone, elderly woman who wanted to know how I got her telephone number. After explaining the story and my concerns about our kittens, this woman told me Diane had not recently registered any animals with her.