Dan & Marian Goepfert
Joplin, MO Copyright 2017© MoJo Maines, Maine Coon Cattery | All Rights Reserved
Vaccinations, DNA testing & Spay/Neutering
DNA testing for HCM:
DNA testing for HCM has been done on all breeding feline for present and future litters. "Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common form of heart disease in the cat. In many breeds it is an inherited disease. ... two mutations responsible for the gene in some cats. One genetic mutation is found predominantly in Maine Coon cats and the second genetic mutation is found predominantly in Ragdoll cats."
www.cvm.ncsu.edu/vhc/csds/vcgl/cat-dna.html - This link has a wealth of information about the Mutation. (This is one of the labs where we send our samples to be tested.) "Very importantly, the absence of the mutation in a cat DOES NOT mean that it will never develop the disease. It means that it does not have the only known mutation that can cause the disease in the cat at this time. In the future, additional mutations may be identified that may be tested for as well."
All kittens and cats will have been vaccinated against Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper), Rhinotracheitis, and Calici virus at least 3 times before 12w or on the dates specified in the Health Record of the kitten at the time it leaves the cattery. Kittens and cats will also have received the initial & follow up Feline Leukemia vaccination at 9&12 weeks. We will also use a dewormer as a preventative from 2-8 weeks.
Early Spay and Neutering
I feel it is my responsibility as a breeder to have my kittens spay or neutered at 11 weeks of age, before they leave the cattery. It may be an additional cost, but it's what is best for the cat and the owners. I don't want to be that person who contributes to the over population due to a $45 surgery not being done. Although I screen applicants; life happens, time gets away from you and people forget to schedule the appointment.
Spay/neutering before leaving the cattery relives the new owner of having to remember to schedule the surgery and the additional cost. MoJo Maines' Veterinarians run a low cost spay/neuter clinic 2 days a week. They are skilled in pediatric altering. AND as a bonus, CFA registration is available as soon as you pick up your kitten. (I won't have to hold your registration papers until you provide proof of altering).
"The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) has changed its show rules to permit altered kittens to compete. Many breeders of pedigreed cats are working with their veterinarians to neuter pet quality kittens prior to placement in new homes. Those breeders who have adopted this policy report that they are very happy with the practice. New pet owners indicate that acquiring an already neutered animal relieves them of the worry and expense of scheduling the surgery at a later date, enabling them to relax and enjoy their new companion. As is the case for shelter managers, breeders can relax in the knowledge that the kitten they place today is not going to contribute to the surplus pet population tomorrow." -(http://www.cfainc.org/CatCare/SpayNeuter/EarlySpayNeuter.aspx)
*No cat leaves our cattery unaltered. Every kitten and cat will be spayed or neutered before leaving for it's new home. No exceptions! There are 21,000 reasons why I early spay & neuter - because that's potentially how many offspring could result from a irresponsible human, ONE "whoops she got out!" litter from one un-spayed female cat and her descendants in just seven years!
Info on Early Spay & Neutering: http://catvet.homestead.com/EarlyAlter.html
For an adoption application, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send FB message :D