Remembering two years ago and some news

I remember that two years ago we felt so bad – our cats got infected with TF (Tritrichomonas Foetus), two of our Queens were pregnant and we were sick worried about them, our other big cats and kittens to come.

Now we have been Tf free for some time, after a long struggle, three latest negative tests were done this March, July and now last week.

I would recommend all breeders to test for parasites regularly, Giardia and TF, not only FeLV/FIV and other viruses. Treating parasites and getting rid of them is hard.

We are lucky that after a lot of dedication and struggle we managed to get all of our cats well, negative and healthy. We suffered a lot, mostly emotionally, being sick with worry, thinking what to do and how and wondering if it will ever end. Also, it was not cheap to treat the cats and test so many times. I have used Laboklin in Czech Republic to send tests to, they are very good and a bit cheaper than our Swedish lab, it makes a lot of difference when you send tests for many cats many times.

We have also imported an adorable male kitten last March, whom we call Funtes. His name is Dexter Slunce Moravy, CZ from a breeder from Czech Republic that also tested all I asked for. He was retested also twice after he came to us, he is a healthy and happy young boy!

Funtes at a cat show autumn 2015, when he became Champion

We hope for some lovely kittens this winter when Funtes decides he is old enough now (he is almost 13 months, but is still a big baby). 🙂

Funtes Electra

11 comments on “Remembering two years ago and some news

  1. Thank you for being honest about TF. It is a nasty parasite. I also suffered a couple of years ago, it was not a nice time, and the medication was horrific.

    If only all breeders were open and honest we could possibly get rid of problems with our cats, faster and easier than we can now. Everyone tries to hide things. But what are they ashamed of? sickness, bugs and problems happen when you keep animals. Its how you deal with it that is the important thing.

    • I agree with you. I do not know why breeders are not open with TF and many other things. Some are, but the most are not, based on the breeders I know.

      Being open for the potential buyers is a must. To fellow colleague breeders who also could be buyers or are borrowing a stud, or landing one to a cattery, it is also a must to be open, IMO.
      If more breeders were more open earlier, we personally would not have encountered TF in our cattery. We had no idea how spread it was in Sweden (and not only Sweden)!

      Then, TF is very hard to get rid of and expensive to treat. Many breeders chose not to test as if not knowing is not going to hurt you! That is very common.

      I have lost a lot of my energy, naivety and enthusiasm compared to how I was when I started breeding. But now I am getting back, and am hopefully more prepared for the world of breeding.

      The key to be a good breeder and animal owner, I think, is to be open and take care of your animals’ health and to work together with breeders who have the same idea about what responsible breeding means. Luckily, there are still enough of those!

      • So true, I know that in the UK no-one is open to saying that they have had problems with TF the costs to get rid of it may also be part of the problem.

  2. Please help if you can, I am looking for research done on nursing mothers receiving Ronidazole? I read here in the US not to give Ronidazole to nursing mothers but I am looking for articles stating the meds were given and how the cats responded. Or kittens.

    • I m sorry, but I am not aware of any such research. I did not read lately about TF as much as I did two years ago, since we’ve got rid of it for good and I think we needed some closure after that dark chapter.
      The last information I am aware of is that Ronidazole should not be administered to nursing queens because we do not know whether or not the drug can be passed in the milk. Ronidazole should not be given to very young kittens either because we do not know whether or not they are at higher risk for neurotoxicity.
      We have treated our kittens and their mom when the kittens were over 12 weeks old.

        • TF is hard to get rid of, in my experience, we needed repeated treatments and to go up in dose for some of the cats. I wrote more about it here on the blog in earlier posts.
          Some cats got TF-free only after a doubled dose of medication. But all got TF-free at the end. We did not see any side effects from the treatment. The blood tests did not show anything odd either in the cats after the treatments. Liver, kidney etc blood values were all fine.

          • Thank you, did you ever treat twice a day or was it always once a day? And did you ever get up to 50 milligrams per kilogram? Did your kittens ever get the diarrhea? I have a mom who was treated twice for tri trichomonas. She has had two negative stool cultures her kittens are 3 weeks old, and yesterday when I skip the box I noticed the same smell sweet and sour smell that was associated with her last try trichomonas stools. And so of course I’m worried and I need some information. I am very thankful for your help. Do you mind continuing to help me if I run into problems with the kittens? Right now I have the litter box away from the litter box across the room. I know that tri trichomonas dies very easily.

  3. I would test the mom again ASAP! Also, I would give her probiotics, feed her with high fiber food, Royal Canine Intense hairball dry food, kibbles is a good option.. She maybe does not have TF, but only bad tummy flora.
    Also, please consult your veterinary what to do.
    We did not go to 50mg, but 45mg/kg once a day, plus food with very little fat is very important (not good though for kittens and nursing queen). Also, 30mg twice a day was the max dose I think we used on the cats. Grown up cats got cured easier than the kittens actually, with only 30-35mg/kg once a day; I guess maybe since the kittens have faster metabolism, they needed twice a day. But we treated only kittens over 12 weeks, as I wrote.
    The most of the kittens had no symptoms, but a few got a bad bloody, foul smelling diarrhea. They did not go down in condition though and grew as they should.

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