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Hello everyone.


I have a serious issue.


I bought 5 pedigree cats about 2 weeks ago and they have all been going downhill fast. (9,000 pounds on the line)


The first cat to get ill was very small (had a note from vet sayiing when it got its vaccine that it was not gaining weight) and sadly after we got it she still plummeted further but with vet stay and treatment she pulled through it.


A few days after I had to admit another two kittens as they were not coping well and were not really eating and had very bad diarrhoea. Sadly both have now passed away.


My other cat has also been in the vet for a week again very ill with bad stomach, temp, cough, and losing to much fluid.


My vet thinks its fip which would explain my issues. 


I am in the process of getting things sorted with the aim of going to go to court but I need to get the cats Parents tested as I have two households where it could have come from can anyone suggest a way I can have this done? I don't want a situation where I do go to court and they deem I don't have the evidence of where it came from.


My gut instinct is from the first house as the kitten was already ill and under weight? Also the kittens which died were young and had not had vaccines so I guess maybe contributed to there death.


Thanks all.



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I'm assuming that you bought these animals from the same breeder and all at the same time.

Did you purchase these animals for your own use or for some commercial interests such as breeding them or selling them on?
 please let us know because it might change some of the advice that I have set out below.


On the basis that you bought them for your own personal use and also that you bought them all from the same dealer: –

Evidence as to where the illness came from will be helpful but not critical because this is all subject to the consumer rights act.

As you have had the animals less than 30 days then you are entitled to invoke the short-term right to reject which means that if any defect appears within the first 30 days, then you can insist on a refund.

You should assert your right to reject immediately and in writing. Make it clear that you are asserting the right under the consumer rights act and that you want a refund.

Once you have written the letter – today – then start acquiring additional helpful evidence including reports from the vet as to the condition of the animals, likely diagnosis and even a view on how long the animals may have been suffering from this illness and the likely source. You should put this in hand straightaway.



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I have just re-read your story and I think that I now understand that you sourced at the animals from two different places.

In that case, you're absolutely right – you will need to know where the illness came from.

The rest of the advice I have given is relevant based on the assumptions I have made that these are for your own personal use

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I have the results back from autopsy:



PCR Clostridium perfringens type A R

PCR Clostridium perfringens type A





Feline Enteritis/Panluekopenia PCR R

PCR Panleukopenia Virus












PCR FCoV (Feline Coronavirus) R

Feline Enteric Coronavirus PCR



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Which means what?

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Thank you – but that doesn't help us in deciding whether or not you have a case and what your route is.

I asked you some questions nine hours ago and you haven't addressed them.

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