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We are looking to buy a pair of abys from a breeder that acknowledges 4 reports of their cats  (over the years) dying of fip at 1 year of age.(in their new homes)  They have sold about 300 cats.  My question is,  Can I ask for a guarantee for a year and a half after purchase, in the event the kitten dies from this dreaded illness?  I have never purchased from a breeder before, but have owned abyssinians and know of their many health issues. Should I be concerned? Do you have a preference of aby breeder in NY tri-state area? Am I worrying needlessly about FIP?  Thank you so much in advance.

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Kimmy,

I am not a vet, but in my not so humble opinion, FIP is a result of weak or stressed immune system. With new kittens it may often be brought on by the kitten being too young when it goes to its new home (we do not let our kittens go before 16 weeks of age, and, in my opinion,  anything younger than 12 weeks of age is at risk). In addition, the first visit to the vet often results in over vaccinating the kitten (one vaccine at a time with boosters and other vaccines being given at 3 week intervals) and restricting the vaccines to what is necessary, i.e. a 3 in 1 + booster against panleukopenia, rhinotracheiotis, and calici, and a rabies shot, if required in your jurisdiction.

As to whom to recommend in New York state, you can e-mail me at auspitzn@yahoo.com and we can discuss it privately.

Best regards... Norm.

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Norman Auspitz

Expertise

I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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