Thursday 7 March 2024

Testing Testing Spring 2024

Prune (right) & Plum (left) with not a care in the world! 

 It’s been a busy time here with the cats having a blood draw in January to be re-tested for FELV & FIV - both Prune & her mini-me daughter? Plum Pipsqueak receiving negative results - which is exactly what we expected - meaning they have no Feline Leukaemia Virus or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. I didn’t suspect it but we test for it regardless as they will be visiting stud cats & need a clean bill of health when any cattery is accepting them in for a short stay. 

The February job was a 400mile round trip to see the veterinary cardiologist Vicky Itonside for their heart screening looking for any sign of the disease Feline HCM (Hypertrophic CardioMyopathy) l. Both girls came away with their certification however Prune now middle aged at 6 while within normal limits had sign of a thickening of a wall in one spot which was for me an area of concern. She was offered a special blood test there and then which I had done & the results did not point to her having HCM disease, though, given that we had had a very long journey on Saturday to get there, and an overnight stay where the girls chose not to eat or drink overnight - despite food water & their favourite treat being made available over a Saturday night and into Sunday - dehydration present in Pru at the time of the jugular being blood draw may have negatively influenced the blood sample & so having discussed the results of the heart screen change & blood test result I am going to repeat the same test this time at my home vet negating any risk of dehydration or hunger being an issue  in 6/8 months time - to be certain.

Pru is still agile, running with great gusto on the wheel & eats well, showing little sign of her years other than change to the pigmentation in her skin, this will be Pru’s very last pregnancy & litter. I had initially planned to spay her in 2023 since I was not having kittens due to my waiting for a surgery however, at the bequest of a dear friend eager to have a kitten from Pru join her cattery since she is so very healthy I decided to keep her active one extra year. But this will be her last & she richly deserves a long & happy retirement as the household matriarch. I will continue to heart screen her annually as it’s so important to monitor her & to build  knowledge to positively influence the future of this amazing breed.

Meanwhile, Plum Pipsqueak did not get to practice on any 2023 siblings which is why has always happened with adolescent girls eager to help out when a cat in my home has had kittens. So she will be having her first ever pregnancy & Kittening this year & learning on the job. She is eager to get started having been in call invert short cycles already & Im currently waiting on the DNA results of a stud male I’m  interested in pairing her with. Once his result is known, if negative, I’ll be taking her along to him within the next couple of weeks I think. Fingers crossed. 

Both ladies actually have been calling - but Pru is currently on a longer cycle more suited to this time of year. Plums more rapid cycling could be due to her youth but Prune will begin to have shorter cycles as the days lengthen further and warmer temperatures prevail. Nature really does know what it’s doing. 

I’ve already got two new ‘shell’ waiting to give them toward the end  of their pregnancies which I think they’ll love. They can have their kittens all tucked in snug but I can unzip and flip the shell open to monitor or assist in labour /birth and when kittens are new. Invariably I supplement feed so with two litters for the first & last time this year, if they are pregnant at similar times I’m going to double-busy (yes Micky Flanagan, I did pinch one of your catch-phrases!)

If you are seeking a Sphynx kitten (or Sphynx Kittens) Naked Sphynx Cat Hampshire Cattery is a TICA registered cattery with TICA registered pedigree Pure Sphynx Cats who are health & heart screened & whose mates are equally carefully screened so that we product top quality kittens, raising them underfoot as part of the family and we welcome your early interest. Please do join us for this truly remarkable journey & get to know your future kitten from the word GO! 

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