The day before Mena was to arrive, the breeder emailed and said she’d discovered ringworm on one of the litter but not Mena. What did I want to do? I looked up ringworm and thought it better if I had her here so I could go ahead and take care of it if she had it.
Mena arrived Friday night. Saturday, we took her to the vet and—man, oh man—things were not good. Not only did Mena have it, she had a lot of it. She also had mites. And then they discovered a rare parasite, an intestinal track worm, in her stool. All this was relayed to the breeder who was horrified and refunded some of my money.
So, now we are on a clean room detail with Mena. It is going to take about 4-6 weeks to get her completely healed before we can integrate her into the household. That mean that Jeff and I need to take very good care of ourselves to make sure we don’t accidentally transfer it from Mean to us and from us to the rest of the kitties.
Mena is in my bathroom. We have to have a cover up, booties and gloves to go see her. Every 3-4 days, all her bedding and such will be washed with bleach. Once a week, every surface in the bathroom needs to be wiped down with a bleach solution. She has a daily pill for the ringworm. And, as soon as I pick it up on Monday, 5 days of medicine to deal with the parasite.
Every time we go in to see her, we have to make sure to sanitize afterwards and if she does rub against our clothing, toss it into the wash. Seeing as how we will be going in there several times a day for hours at a time, yeah, I will be doing a LOT of laundry.
But she is worth it.
Also, before you yell at me about going to a breeder (as in… don’t do it… it will not help matters and will just tick me off):
1. I’ve fostered kittens. I know just how high of a mortality rate rescue kittens have. I’ve rescued more than 50 kittens myself. That’s not including the 6 who died; 2 of them died in my arms. I had an adult feral rescue for 8 years with all her myriad of problems before she died last September. I decided I wanted specific breeds going forward.
2. This is a very reputable breeder. She’s been featured on Animal Planet and all her references are good. However, with a dame from another breeder and a 6 year old grandson in the house, things like ringworm will happen.