Complaint Review: Dragonfyre Himalayans (Geri Fellerman) - Clark New Jersey
Dragonfyre Himalayans (Geri Fellerman) Geri Fellerman Knowingly Sold Sick Kitten And Did Not Tell Us Clark New Jersey
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Please do not buy a kitten or cat from Geri Cerelli Fellerman. Her cattery is infected with the feline coronovirus. When selling you a new kitten she does not disclose this information to you because she knows it would inpact her sale. Geri seems to have no moral ethics or consious to this matter. She is continuing to sell sick kitten at shows to unsuspecting buyers.
Please read my story, and help educate others. I bought a Himalayan kitten from Geri Fellerman named Chester. Chester passed just 5 days after recieivng the diagnosis of FIP. He went completly anorexic, went blind, stopped moving around, hid in corners of the house to be left to die. He ended up having 4 seizures the morning he passed. He couldn't breathe well because his little belly was full of fluid from the wet form of FIP. He ended up passing away on my lap at 4am on a Saturday moring on the way to the emergency clinic to have him put to sleep. [continued below]....
The corono virus is a highly contagious cat disease spread through saliva, feces, litter boxes, food and water bowls, and toys and bedding, and can live in the enviroment for many many months. When it mutates into FIP, it causes anorexia and weight loss, a fever that doesn't respond to antibiotics, loss of vision, seizures, upper respritory problems, and in the wet form also causes an accumulation of fluid in the abdomine causing labored breathing and eventually suffication.
Here is my story. Just after losing a cat to an unforseen surgery complication, my family had decided to purchased a kitten from Geri during a cat show in New Hampshire of May 2017. A 16week old himalayn kitten that really looked more like he was 8 weeks old he was that tiny. Being a runt is usually also a warning sign of a viral infection because it inpacts their ability to grow, and because runts have lower immunie systems, it also makes the risk of the virus mutating into FIP much higher, espeically in kitten under 1 year old. What Geri didn't tell us upon purchasing this kitten was that this kitten had a very contagious virus. Geri knew I was bringing the kitten home to a house with another at in it, and she most certianly knew that this kitten would give the other cat the virus. But Geri did not care, she just wanted to make her sale. This kitten made my other cat very sick and he almost died. It cost me hundreds in vet bills only to diagnose him.
As for the kitten (Chester) within an hour of getting him home I noticed his eyes were running really bad. More than a usual flat faced cat's eyes would. His eyes also had a foul smell to them. As soon as Geri wasn't there to keep consistantly wiping off Chester's eyes to make him appear healthy I realized how sick he actually appeared to be. He was sneezing constantly and had diarrhea. His whiskers were also breaking off. All of these things were warning signs that his had a viral infection. His ears were also SO dirty. My vet and I spent 45 minuets picking crap out of his ears. My vet said she has never in her life seen such a bad case of ear dirty ears and that he must have come from a not so clean place to have this kind of problem. My other kitty also caught whatever was going on with Chester's ears. It wasn't mites though, and no matter what we tried we could not get it to clear up in either cat. My other cats ears went completly back to normal about 2 week after Chester's passing. When contacting Geri through Facebook messanger, about all of these medical issues the kitten was having she kept having reason after reason and excuse after excuse on why it may be happening. When I'm sure she knew in the back of her head that this sounded like the virus coming about, she would never admit that to me.
Chesters diarehha never went away, it would occassionly firm up once in a while but it stayed liquid for the most part. I was always having to wash off his butt. Towards the end of his short life he also was getting blood in his stool.
Geri finally admitted to me that she had lost a whole litter of kittens to FIP after my family called her from the vet's office crying about Chester's death secentence of FIP. Which is 100% fatal. She had just acted all shocked like that this had happened and said check was in the mail. Cool, checks in the mail, that doesn't bring back Chester, that doesn't bring back my $2000 I've had to spend on diagnosing Chester to come to the conclusion that this is FIP, that doesn't reimburse the vet bills for my other sick cat because Chester got him sick, that doesn't cure my other cat from having the coronovirus most likely for life now because of Geri's carless and cold hearted actions, and that doesn't fix the heartbreak you have caused me and my family.
I would like to quote a few things Geri recently said to me in an email and make comments on that. Geri said; "Yes, I did say that I had lost a mother cat (that I had purchased from another breeder who did not refund a penny of the $2,000 purchase price) and almost an entire litter to FIP. That was at least 16 years ago. There was one surviving kitten who I allowed to breed since if a cat has been exposed but survives it is very unlikely that it will ever have a problem." My comments to this are, Geri should have never allowed that kitten to reproduce. Knowing that the rest of that litter had died from FIP she knew that kitten was carrying the feline coronovirus. Allowing that kitten to breed was irresponsible and allowed that kitten to pass the virus onto its offspring. Yes THAT kitten survived and probably wont have any problems, but that cannot be said about its offspring, or any other cat is come into contact with. Since every at reacts the the virus differently. Geri allowed this virus to manifest in her cattery. How ingorant can one to be think that just cause one kitten survived that there won't be a problem with any others?! That kitten should have been isolated from the remaining cats in the household, as to not spread the virus to the healthy cats. But she did not do that.
She then made this comment in email. Geri said; "You mentioned that as a breeder I should have suspected a problem with him. As far as I could tell, he was always the picture of health. He was examined by my vet and YOUR vet - don't you think your vet should have noticed a problem from his bloodwork when he was neutered? The answer is no - this is not something at all evident unless or until symptoms are appear. Sadly, a titer means very little. We breeders have been hoping for at least a viable test for many, many years. Don't you think if one were available I would test every new cat coming into the house like we test for feline leukemia? " My comments to this are, there is no bloodwork that is done when neutering a cat unless you want them tested first to ensure that they will not have a reaction to the anesteshia. They NEVER perform a complete blood count during neutering, at least I have never seen it done ever. And as a breeder yes Geri should have suspected a problem with Chester, especially after all the messages I had been sending her about Chester's health problems. Geri just completly ignored then all, and this is what I was meaning by she keeps seeming to have excuse after excuse. The symtoms were there, and they were evident. As to respond to the other portion of her comment, yes there is a test for cats coming into the house. As a breeder Geri should have know this. Its an FIP Titer test, there is also another test called a PCR fecal. Which tells you if the cats has or does not have the feline coronovirus, and it tells you if the cat is currently shedding the virus. So yes there was and IS a test she could have and should have done to incoming cats in the home, but again she didn't because she seems to not care about the welfare of her animals.
I don't want anyone to ever have to go through that, and that is why I'm writing this. If you don't know anything about the feline coronovirus or FIP I strongly encourage you to educate your self about it. Especailly if you have cats/are breeding cats/ or are showing cats. Most breeders and showers already know about this though, but most don't seem to be very educated about it. There is A LOT of information out there about it. I strongly urge you to test your cats before bringing home a new kitten. You want ZERO titers to the coronovirus in your home. If you have zero titers I strongly urge you to not bring in a kitten whom has a positive numbers of titers. Your other cats will catch the virus. If you already have titers in your home, I would only ad a cat that does have titers, do not add a cat that has zero titers to a home with cats whom have positive titers.
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