Would you not tell the breeder

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lakia Wed 28-Aug-13 17:54:06

I am sorry this is in the wrong place but I am having trouble using this site at the moment.
I got myself a pedigree kitten yesterday and she is beautiful paid quite a bit for her off a proper breeder.
The breeder bought her to me. To my shock shortly after I discovered that the kitten has fleas and I am really concerned in case I end up with an infestation in my house.
I have today spent a fortune on a house spray and treatment for the kitten.
I have made the breeder aware of this and they have said that no way did she have them yesterday as was taken to the vet yesterday to have vaccinations she has said she is offended by me saying this.
So what do you think have I handled this badly and dont you think I have a right to say.

duchesse Wed 28-Aug-13 18:09:23

A bit hmm that the breeder brought her to you- I would always want to know what conditions my pet was being kept in- are there such things as kitten farms (as there are with intensive dog breeding?) If your breeder is denying knowledge of the fleas, then she sounds dodgy tbh. Take the kitten to the vet and have its state of health properly assessed- you need to be sure you haven't got an unhealthy cat. Also, did you choose this cat? In person? Or did the breeder choose it for you?

lakia Wed 28-Aug-13 18:22:24

she was advertising the kitten and I saw pictures on the internet of it and its surroundings etc.
I have everything else vaccination record she has been neutered, and wormed etc free bag of goodies, pedigree certificate so have no concerns there.
I asked if she could bring me the kitten as I dont drive.

lakia Wed 28-Aug-13 18:25:56

She has her own website as well maybe its just one of those things but I dont think there was any need to react the way she did.

BigBrassBand Wed 28-Aug-13 19:14:24

Very suspicious! Lots of cat breeders seem to have several litters on sites simultaneously. What do you want the breeder to do? Are you wanting compensation for the flea treatment? I would, personally, pedigree cats are not cheap and you'd expect a flea-free cat.

SilverApples Wed 28-Aug-13 19:19:09

Phone up the vet she had the vaccinations done with and check that they were actually done, and ask why the vet didn't notice the fleas.
She sounds like a BYB.

tabulahrasa Wed 28-Aug-13 19:21:02

How can she have been neutered if she only got her vaccinations yesterday? How old is she?

Fleas do not appear overnight - and your 'breeder' will know that full well. Did you go to the vet for flea treatment? Over the counter stuff is a complete waste of time.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Wed 28-Aug-13 19:21:02

Neutered already? How old is this kitten?

everlong Wed 28-Aug-13 19:22:10

Kittens should not arrive with fleas.

I would definitely ring the vet and check she's been neutered and vaccinated.

How far did she travel?

duchesse Wed 28-Aug-13 21:00:01

Cats should not be neutered too young! I think you need to take this cat to the vet asap and get a full health assessment on it.

lakia Wed 28-Aug-13 21:15:57

I have the vaccination record that show she has been done. She is 12 weeks old

lakia Wed 28-Aug-13 21:16:25

she travelled 9 miles to me

lakia Wed 28-Aug-13 21:20:06

I bought the treatment from the vets yes.
I just cant believe it, I have a cat and a dog have had them several years have kept them up to date with worming and flea treatments and never had a problem with fleas and this cat comes to me with fleas.

pooka Wed 28-Aug-13 21:25:40

I thought girl kittens were usually nearer 5 or 6 months when they are spayed? Not 12 weeks.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Wed 28-Aug-13 21:38:19

She's been vaccinated, but she hasn't been spayed at 12 weeks, as said it's usually 5-6 months. Dodgy dealer. sad

SilverApples Wed 28-Aug-13 22:23:57

Please take this poor little cat to a decent vet and get her thoroughly checked out ASAP.

she could have been neutered, there are some vets who do early neutering. she should have a visible shaved patch if she has been

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 29-Aug-13 09:39:15

Hi OP - we've moved this to The Litter Tray for you now.

DiaryOfAWimpyMum Thu 29-Aug-13 09:44:01

I neutered mine at 12 weeks.

Of course you were right to point out fleas sadly some of the 'best known breeders' do have flea problems. No need considering you can buy flea treatments online, in chemists, P@H and Vets

tabulahrasa Thu 29-Aug-13 09:46:15

Do they neuter before their injections though? I know some vets do early neutering but it was before injections that threw me.

DiaryOfAWimpyMum Thu 29-Aug-13 09:54:15

Oh no, vaccinations at 9 then 12 weeks, then neutering (if they are above a certain weight).

She should have been vaccinated, unless it's a breeder who does deals such as taking £50 off cost and doesn't vaccinate but why would she take it to be neutered and not vaccinate?

lljkk Thu 29-Aug-13 10:01:11

Please update, OP, lots of this doesn't seem right.

issey6cats Thu 29-Aug-13 13:42:46

some vets do neutering before vaccs, the cat rescue i work our vets does early neutering at either 11 weeks or 2kgs that way the kittens go out neutered as relying on people to neuter later does not always work out,

when someone adopts from us the kittens go at 12-14 weeks and are not vaccinated as the cost of this would put up the adoption fee to a level that people in yorkshire would not consider, they are chipped while they are under for neuter,

but sorry op picking a kitten off a website without seeing her with her parents or at least mother in situ is starting to sound like a kitten farmed situation and yes they do exist this is not a decent breeder, you really should have gone to her home and seen the kittens there 9 miles in a taxi would have been a good investment especially if you were paying a lot for a kitten, i know people want pedigree kits but this is why cat breeding is out of control in this country, as naive buyers like yourself encourage crappy breeders who dont care about thier cats and are only churning out litters for profit

lakia Thu 29-Aug-13 16:13:19

Oh god I am in such a muddle with this she is insisting that the fleas have not come from her house and that the kitten definately did not have them before coming to me.
She says that all her cats where checked over 2 days ago and no sign of fleas.
I have a cat and dog and have checked them over but found nothing.
Also I discovered that the kitten had fleas not long after she had left surely if the fleas had come from my environment they could not possibly have infested the kitten so soon.
Please does anybody have any insight on this any vets on here

OldLadyKnowsNothing Thu 29-Aug-13 16:28:58

I'm not a vet, but that kitten had fleas when you got it. Has she a shaved patch on her side, from neutering?

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