Landshut Brit's Cattery
Siberian Cats and Neva Masquerade
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All of our breeding cats are examined for FeLV and FIV and are free from these diseases. Of course, all of our cats have a valid vaccination against rabies, feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR) and panleucopenia and are regularly dewormed. We also examine all of our breeding cats for HCM and PKD.

FIP disease is a major problem in many cat breeds. Since the treatment of FIP has practically no chance of success, there are 2 other strategies for preventing this disease.
Breeding in a coronavirus-free cat population is one way to prevent feline coronavirus infection within the cattery. However, this does not change the risk of infection after it has been given to the new owner. In addition, it is very difficult to maintain freedom from corona when purchasing breeding animals from other breeds.
A new approach to avoiding FIP has been around for a few years. Based on a scientific work by Hsieh and Ching from 2014, the production of ɣ-interferon in cats is examined by means of a genetic examination of 6 gene locations, since this interferon is believed to play a crucial role in the survival of a virulent FeCoV (FIP) infection. We use these laboratory results to select the cats in our breed for FIP resistance.

Giardia are tiny, single-celled parasites. They settle in the intestinal mucosa, causing indigestion, persistent or recurrent dislapse, vomiting, weight loss and weakness. Giardia infections occur in dogs and cats of all ages, but are particularly common in kittens under one year of age.
Cats infected with giardien can excrete Giardia cysts from their feces at any time, thus contaminating the immediate environment. These cysts remain contagious in the cat's feces for about a week, and in humid environments they can survive for as long as three months. Since the cysts are absorbed directly from the environment via contaminated water, food or even flies (oral infection), they pose a health risk to other cats, especially free-riders.
Giardia intestinalis, the type of giardien found in cats, can also affect other animal species. Different G. intestinalis genotypes can be distinguished, some of which can infect both cats and humans. However, the genotypes that are infectious to humans and cats are very rare in cats, so that ultimately there is only a low risk of infection for humans.
Cats suffering from (recurring) diarrhea should in any case be presented to a veterinarian for examination. Immunological tests (ELISA) make it relatively easy to detect components of the Giardia in the cat's feces.
If the suspicion that diarrhea in the cat is caused by giardien is confirmed, veterinarians have effective drugs to fight the pathogen. Unfortunately, young animals in particular do not develop complete immunity to giardien and can therefore become infected repeatedly and fall ill again. Therefore, the treatment accompanying hygiene measures are essential to prevent cats from repeatedly infecting themselves with giardien cysts from their surroundings.

As a breeder of neva masquerade and white siberian cats we want to give you the following advice:

1. we are breeding neva masquerade cats only from not cross-eyed lines.
2. cross-eyed neva masquerade cat will not be used for breeding according to § 11b of the German Protection of Animals Act.
3. We check all of our white siberian cats for hearing with auditory evoked potentials (AEP).
4. Only white cats which can hear on both ears will be used for breeding.
5. All our breeding cats are tested for FeLV and FIV and are free of these diseases.
6. We test our breeding cats routinely for HCM and PKD.
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