I purchased 2 Cashmere Bengal Kittens from Terry Thistlethwaite of Avondell Bengals for 1500.00 each and 500.00 delivery fee. | The kittens arrived in a filthy crate with a foul odor. Upon removing the kittens from the crate I noticed they also smelled horrible. Terry informed me she does not bathe the kittens before she sends them to their new homes because they get colds. I believed her. Everyone I know commented that cats don’t smell bad. | Both kitten had bad diarrhea. Within a couple of days I noticed a large bald crusted over patch on the back of the male kittens head. I brought the kittens with stool samples to the vet. The stool culture came back positive for Giardia and the skin culture came back positive for Ringworm. | After discussing with the vet and the vet being certain that the kittens came with these highly contagious parasitic and fungal infections. | I contacted the breeder requesting she pay for the vet bills related to both. She denied any responsibility and refused to reimburse me. She said none of her other animals had either parasite or fungus …. 10 dogs, dairy goats and cats (don’t know how many cats or goats). | She implied they got both here. That Giardia came from contaminated water and Ringworm being air and soil borne. She told me the vets cultures were not accurate that black light is what shows active ringworm. She said the vet was just trying to run my bill up. She told me I was prolonging their infestation by not doing what she had advised me to do, which was a triple 1 time dose of Lufenuron (a flea and tick medication) as well as apple cider vinegar topically. She also said I was destroying the kitten’s livers by giving the vets recommended treatment. | Before blindly following her advice I searched on line and found some information about the Lufenuron and recommended dosage. The reports on line recommended a lower dosage and said …. “At this time it seems apparent that lufenuron does not work in all cases of ringworm in cats even at the higher dosage… per Dr. Mike Richards, DVM 3/1/2002”. I discussed this with my vet who said it would be ok to try while we waited for the culture result, however she did not recommend the triple dosage. She recommended the dosage as stated in Dr. Richards article vetinfo.com/cringwrm.html. | The morning after the medication was given the female kitten had appetite loss, vomiting and diarrhea. Both kittens continued to have new ringworm lesions until the positive culture came back 10 days later and the correct medication prescribed by the vet was started. | My home is newly remodeled I have a 10,000.00 Zehnder air filtration system in my home as well as a whole house water purification system. | zehnderamerica.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuOT4qP772wIVBDJpCh1CMgkxEAAYASAAEgKIJPD_BwE | In 45 some odd years of owning animals…. both cats and dogs purchased from pet shops and breeders as well as adopted off the streets I have never had either of these parasitic or fungal infections. | The kittens remain now over 5 weeks confined to a single room in my home. My lifestyle has been majorly inpacted. All their new toys that are not washable are recommended to be thrown away…. scratching posts and cat trees. The cleaning that is recommended is exhaustive…..mopping and wiping surfaces daily as well as laundering any fabric in the room 2 to 3 times a week. | I now have 3 ringworm spots on myself. | This breeder also breeds Maine Coon cats, Dairy goats, Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs and American Eskimo Dogs. | She was living in Ridgcrest Ca when I purchased the kittens. She has since moved to northern CA near the Oregon boarder. I do not have either address. She says she has no internet service at this time. I do have a current phone number. | So I have had vet visits /bills, MD visit for myself as well as increase water bills. I only asked her to reimburse the cost of the vet and medications.
Name: Avondell Bengals
Country: United States