Health & Wellness


Core Vaccines for Cats

Feline Panleukopenia (Cat flu/cat distemper) is a potentially fatal viral disease that causes vomiting, diarrhea, severe dehydration, fever, and sudden death. Kittens born to infected cats may suffer permanent brain damage. Vaccines against panleukopenia provide excellent protection.
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (Herpes virus) and Calicivirus These organisms infect the airways of cats, cause runny eyes and nose, sneezing, mouth ulcers, and sometimes a reduced appetite. Vaccines against these “cold” viruses may help increase resistance to infection and reduce severity of disease.
Rabies All mammals including humans are at risk of contracting rabies, which is almost invariably fatal. Rabid pets may display a "dumb" form that is characterized by listlessness, weakness and paralysis, or the "furious" form of rabies characterized by abnormal aggression. In some parts of Canada, where risk is high, vaccination of pets is mandatory.

All PurrRealDolls Kittens receive the core FVRCP vaccine at 8 weeks and again at 12 weeks of age. Rabies vaccine and the 3rd FVRCP booster is to be completed by the adoptive family when the kitten is 16 weeks of age. All our cats are tested and negative for FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) and FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) we do not recommend vaccination for FeLV or FIV as ragdolls are indoor cats only.

Hereditary Conditions

HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy)

All PurrRealDolls breeding cats are genetically tested for the Ragdoll HCM gene, all our breeding cats are "N/N - Normal, cat does not have the Ragdoll HCM mutation"

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is the most common cardiac disease in cats. Affected cats are at risk of sudden cardiac death due to defects that produce increased left ventricular heart muscle thickness. In Ragdolls, the condition is inherited due to breed specific mutations in the cardiac myosin binding protein C gene (MYBPC3).

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PKD1 (Polycystic Kidney Disease)

All PurrRealDolls breeding cats are genetically tested for the Ragdoll PKD1 gene, all our breeding cats are "N/N - Normal - Does not possess the disease-causing PKD1 gene"

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a well documented abnormality in domestic cats. Cystic kidneys can sporadically occur in any population of cats. PKD is not a new disease and has been reported in the literature for over 30 years. The heritable form of PKD1 may not have initially occurred in Persians as a new mutation, but perhaps in random bred cats. Unfortunately, PKD1 does not have a strong clinical presentation. The presentation of PKD1 is similar to one of the most common causes of death for any cat, renal failure. Thus, PKD1 has gone unnoticed for many years and has spread throughout the Persian breed. Any breed that has used Persians in their foundation or propagation should have concerns for PKD1.

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Preventing Disease & Illness

Here at PurrRealDolls we do everything we can to breed kittens with strong immune systems and great social skills while limiting their risk of exposure to illness & disease. Majority of illnesses can be prevented by keeping your kitten/cat vaccinated, indoors only and in a clean safe environment.

Clean Housing

Your pet should have her own clean, dry place in your home to sleep and rest. Line your cat's bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. Outdoor cats do not live as long as indoor cats. Outdoor cats are at risk of trauma from cars, or from fights with other cats, raccoons and free-roaming dogs. Coyotes are known to eat cats. Outdoor cats are more likely to become infested with fleas or ticks, as well as contract infectious diseases.

Clean Litter Box

All indoor cats need a litter box (1 per cat +1), which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary, but if you must do so, move the box just a few inches per day. Keep in mind that cats won't use a messy, smelly litter box, so scoop solid wastes out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent and refill at least once a week; you can do this less frequently if using clumping litter. Don't use ammonia, deodorants or scents, especially lemon, when cleaning the litter box.

Reduce Stress

Stress has been identified as a significant component of (or trigger for) most common cat behaviour problems and some common diseases. Cats do not show their emotions as overtly as some other species and tend to withdraw and become quiet rather than ‘act out’ their anxieties. It therefore becomes necessary for owners to appreciate the subtle signs of stress in their own cats in order to provide the best possible care.

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All PurrRealDolls kittens come with a 6 week trial of PetSecure insurance. Pet insurance is a great way to ensure your pets expenses are covered if they get sick or injured.

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