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WillowPark Abyssinians

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My kittens come to you with all the important veterinary care done so you don't have to worry about desexing, vaccinations, worming, registration and micro-chipping.  The cost of a kitten is $800.


See the availability pages for current kittens available.


When you collect your WillowPark Kitten he/she will have been:- 


Litter box trained

Wormed

Vet checked

Vaccinated twice

Desexed

Registered with FCCV (Feline Control Council)

Microchipped

The only thing you need to do is take your kitten for a last vaccination when they are a little older.


The kittens are ready for their new homes around 12 weeks of age after desexing - I will not sell any kittens (unless to a registered breeder) that have not been desexed and under 12 weeks old.


Due to the outgoing nature of the Abyssinians - they should be kept as an indoor pet and only allowed access to the outdoors in a suitable enclosure.


 Please note kittens will only go to indoor only homes - or with access to a secure garden/enclosure.


Health & Care Information


Abyssinians generally enjoy good health, as mentioned above they should be kept indoors to avoid contagious diseases such as FIV and FeLV access to an enclosure will enhance your cats lifestyle. Owners should follow their own veterinarians advice with regard to vaccinations and worming but at minimum cats should have a yearly check up with a vet who will be able to pick up any health issues.


Abys love their food and obesity can be a problem so it may be necessary to monitor their food intake and weight gain - I would recommend a diet of raw (human grade) beef strips cut into large enough pieces to excersize their jaws and clean their teeth a premium dry food and of course access to clean fresh water at all times.


Renal Amyloidosis


The kidney disorder "Renal Amyloidosis:" has been associated with the Abyssinian cat and is thought to be genetic. This disorder often results in kidney failure and the cat's prognosis is often poor. This disease is also seen in many other breeds of cats but unfortunately, some veterinarians incorrectly label it as purely an Abyssinian disease. Only a few breeding lines are likely to produce kittens with Renal AmyloidosisProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA) PRA is an inherited ophthalmic condition leading ultimately to irreversible blindness. DNA testing is performed to establish whether a cat carries the gene responsible for this diseases - my breeding cats are all PRA Normal (do not carry the gene).


Pyruvate kinase deficiency (PKD)


Pyruvate kinase is an enzyme that is required to maintain a cell’s metabolism. In cats, if there is a deficiency of the enzyme they may have bouts of anaemia. Anaemia is a blood condition in which there are not enough red blood cells or the red blood cells are deficient in haemoglobin, resulting in poor health. - Again a DNA test is available to ensure cats do not carry the gene responsible for the deficiency -my breeding cats are PKD Def free.


Feline Leukemia Viris (FeLV)


The feline leukemia virus is a retrovirus in the family Oncovirinae (tumour causing). It is in the same family as the FeLV virus. More deaths occur from the feline leukemia virus than any other pathogenic disease in cats. The virus is shed via saliva & respiratory secretions and can be contracted by bite wounds or exchange of saliva (licking). A pregnant mother that is infected with FeLV may pass the virus on to her offspring - my cats are all tested and free from FeLV.Feline immunodeficiency virusAlso often called "Cat Aids" - is a virus that attacks the cat’s immune system, weakening it and making it prone to other infections and diseases. It is fatal and there is no cure for FIV. Bite wounds usually pass the virus from one cat to another. - My cats are all tested and free from FIV.


Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)


FIP a fatal incurable disease that affects cats. A great deal is not known about this disease currently, however, the most common theory is that the normally benign FECV(Feline CoronaVirus) mutates into FIP. The mutated virus has the ability to invade and grow in certain white blood cells. The immune system's response causes an intense inflammatory reaction in the containing tissues. This disease is generally fatal.  It has been suggested that stress and genetics may be a contributory factor to the mutation of the genes but this is unproven and as the Corona Virus is present in most cats it is not possible to accurately test for the disease.


Tritrichomonas foetus


Tritrichomonas foetus is a microscopic single-celled flagellated protozoan parasite that has traditionally been identified as a cause of reproductive disease in cattle - it has not been established how it found it's way into cats. It causes chronic, smelly diarrhoea that often contains blood and mucus. It can be passed from one cat to another but no instances have been recorded where a human has the parasite. The most reliable test is by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Infection is most commonly seen in colonies of cats and multicat households.

Telephone: 0400 217798

 melissa@willowparkcats.com

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