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Michele 047.JPG  Michele with QGC COONPALS FRANCO CORELLI, ACFA National/SE Region winning Kitten & Cat, Owns Linda in New Symrna Beach, FL.

2017 American Cat Fanciers Association's SE Region  Breeder of the Year!

2016 American Cat Fanciers Association's SE Region  Breeder of the Year!

* 2009 American Cat Fancier's Association's {ACFA} National Breeder of The Year, 2nd Place *

* 2009 American Cat Fancier's Association's {ACFA} SE Region Breeder of The Year, 2nd Place *

* 2008 American Cat Fancier's Association's {ACFA} National Breeder of The Year, 2nd Place *

* 2008 American Cat Fancier's Association's {ACFA} SE Region Breeder of The Year *

* 2007 American Cat Fancier's Association's {ACFA} National Breeder of The Year, 2nd Place *

updated OCTOBER  1,  2017

A small  NON  Smoking  home cattery in Ridge Manor, FL

"Cats Are My Furry Children"

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life. Music and cats."   - Albert Schweitzer

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PLEASE  take the interest and time to read over the  Informational "Common Questions and Answers" at the bottom of this page!

Colors we specialize in are: 

Black & Blue Solids;  Black & Blue Smokes;  Classic and Mackerel Tabbies in

Brown, Blue,  Blue Silver, Cameo, Cream,  Red, Silver  & Red Silver ... and Patch Tabby females in Brown, Blue, & Silver... All With & Without White Paws.

CALICO CAT JUMP RUNNING ANIMATED         

* CoonPals contract includes guaranteed purebred, a Cat Association Registration/Pedigreed Papers, Deluxe Gift Bag, Fresh Bath/Blow Dry/Ears Cleaned/Nailed Trimmed, & Veterinarian Package of: Vet's Florida Health Certificate after Vet Check, 2-3 FVRCP kitten vaccination Sets, rabies vaccine, microchip, Neuter/Spay, Blood Test for Feline Aids/Feline Leukemia, Fecal Test, Blacklight skin/fur check * 

* All precautions are given for Kittens to be free from fleas, ear mites, worms and other common feline problems *

 * CoonPals’ Breeding Lines are screened for HCM- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Our Cattery is guaranteed Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS Negative *

Because Maine Coons are incredibly smart, demand lots of time, attention, love and interaction, have very puppy-like personalities, and are the BEST CAT BREED in the world... BE SURE you have studied the information about MAINE COON CATS & read the "COMMON QUESTIONS/ANSWERS" below, and are READY to make this kind of COMMITMENT to add a furry Coon-Kid to your family... before you contact us at COONPALS MAINE COONS!   DEPOSITS ARE NON REFUNDABLE!

 

I am hopelessly devoted to my "furry Children," and appreciate new photos & stories over the years, after my CoonPals becomes YOUR CoonPals!

 

The BEST National Winning Lines for the BEST price anywhere!    In 14 yrs, we have never had a CoonPals returned because of the kitten/cat's fault ... human faults, don't count!

Adding a furry kid to your home is a long-term commitment... CoonPals saves you time and money in the long run... Kittens/Cats leave CoonPals having complete $350 valued Veterinarian package & done for you!

* 1st Set of FVRCP Kitten Vaccines

* 2nd Set of FVRCP Kitten Vaccines

* 3rd Set of FVRCP Kitten Vaccines {when Time Allows}

*Neuter/Spay

*Adult Rabies 1 yr Vaccine

* Negative Feline Leukemia & Feline AIDS Combo Blood Tests

* Microchip & SmartTag Microchip Registration for life

*ACFA pedigreed Association Registration Papers & YOU name your new CoonKid!

* FL Vet Health Certificate, & CoonPals Contract

* Preventative Combination Dewormings: Drontal, Praziquantel, Panacur, Pyrantel

* 3 weeks Topical Flea & Antifungal Treatments

* 2 Months &  additional 3 Weeks of Lufenuron "Program" oral anti flea/ anti fungal treatments

* Freshly bathed, nails clipped and ears cleaned!

* CAPSTAR/NITENPYRAM oral flea treatment day leaving.

* Nice DELUXE gift bag full of cat items and cat toys

TYPES OF TABBY PATTERNS:

CLASSIC TABBY PATTERN

MACKEREL TABBY PATTERN

PATCHED TABBY PATTERN

Circular swirls with "Bull's Eye on Hips"

Vertical tiger stripes

Red or cream splotches: Can be heavy or light amounts

~ RETIRED SHOW / BREEDER ADULTS ~

NONE RIGHT NOW.

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** AVAILABLE KITTENS **  Updated   OCTOBER  1,   2017

*SPECIAL  DELUXE  VETERINARIAN  PACKAGE COMPLETED  FOR  YOU  ON  ALL  COONPALS   INCLUDED  WITH  KITTENS,  CATS,  RETIREES!

YES! THE SAME VETERINARIAN PACKAGE COMES WITH OUR KITTENS! CALL ME: cell: 813-857-3335 ~ home: 352-583-3005

Beat the crowd ... secure a place on our waiting list with signed contract & deposit to bring home a CoonPals in SUMMER - FALL 2017!

 

*  NEW   KITTEN:   2017 *

PIANO MAN HEAD Sire:  DGC COONPALS  LUCIANO  PAWS-VARATTI, ACFA Double Grand Champion, ACFA National & SE Region Kitten Winner & National & SE Region Championship Cat Winner, Cream Classic Tabby & White.

  TESSITURA HEADSHOT   Dam: QCH COONPALS  TESSITURA, ACFA Quadruple Champion, Brown Classic Tabby.

1.  RARE COLOR!   Black Smoke & White Male ... now 5.5 months old...

     

 

  

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Treat yourself and adopt a Maine Coon for 2016!

New younger litters being raised!    Call or email to reserve a CoonPals!!

email Michele at coonpals@gmail.com

or call MICHELE to make reservations!

~ Cell:   813-857-3335           ~ Home:   352--583--3005

RESERVE  NOW!

~ Arrangements to reserve a CoonPals' kitten available. Deposits are non refundable ~

Please include this information when emailing COONPALS:

1. Your name and location.
2. If you own or have owned a Maine Coon Cat.
3. Other people and pets in the home.
4. Why you want a Maine Coon now.
5. List gender and color preferences, if any.

SEND email inquiry- click on kittens

    1.   YouTube video link  of CoonPals Tiberius walking the first time on his harness!  CLICK  PIC

    

2.  COONPALS ALFRED THE GREAT "Alfie" on his SWIMMING POOL BOAT FLOAT

YOUTUBE LINK:         https://youtu.be/lc99fMgIz6c

 

3.  COONPALS MR. OLIVER, 4mos old, happily makes "air biscuits!"  YOUTUBE LINK: https://youtu.be/ap_n1ilLmiE

 

4.  YouTube Video:  DGC COONPALS JENNYANYDOTS, Brown Patch Tabby With White playing in hammock in Show Hall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AePvuTbKRCA&feature=em-upload_owner

 

5. COONPALS PONCHO, 3mos old, playing "Paws Game!"  https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ahelkj2zdwnizq/20161014_184509.mp4?dl=0

  

   7.  COONPALS  EVITA  PERON, 6wks old Brown Mackerel Tabby Female

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXVFMLzez98&list=FLZP_HRGDOo3h1FBtNVPDkkA&index=33

8.    COONPALS MY BLUE HEAVEN   Plays fetch!!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpmQLQTYkE4&list=FLZP_HRGDOo3h1FBtNVPDkkA&index=35

 

9  COONPALS AXEL & BEAUX kitten bro littermates EATING with Mama QCH CoonPals Paint Your Wagon,

  https://youtu.be/MgP2n-gC8pU?list=FLZP_HRGDOo3h1FBtNVPDkkA

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.   Youtube video link of CoonPals Beaux playing !  CLICK ON   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G5PTo5XR94&feature=youtube

 

Visit our other  pages to see more  CoonPals Photos !

Field Representative for Life's Abundance Holistic Food:

* COMMON  QUESTIONS  &  ANSWERS *  Updated 8-13-16

1. How do you communicate with potential CoonPals families? Through meeting at cat shows, my website information and pictures, emails, phone and/or US mail & In Person appointments at the Ridge Manor Community Park.

2. What comes in the deluxe $300-350 Veterinarian Services Package: Preventative dewormings, neuter or spay, 2-3 sets of 4-in-one kitten vaccines (FVRCP), 1 yr adult rabies vaccine, Negative Fecal Test, Smart Tag microchip/registration for life, pedigreed papers in American Cat Fancier's Association with your name for the pet, Blood Test Showing Negative for Feline Aids/Feline Leukemia, FL Health Certificate & a full gift bag of cat toys/ cat items... & come freshly bathed, nails clipped & ears cleaned!!! Our total price saves the new family on gas, vet bills, time off from work for vet visits, and overall costs!

3.Why is it important for the breeder to be an active member in cat associations and active in showing their cats? Responsible Breeders stay current and knowledgeable about their breeds and cat issues through their associations, interaction with experienced breeders, researching/ reading journals & studies, and exhibiting their cats at shows. Respected Breeders continually learn about, improve the breed they love, and assist/educate others about their breed. There are many unethical breeders selling poor quality and unhealthy Maine Coon Cats! Work with a Nationally acclaimed cattery/breeder who values their reputation and good name and respect within the breeding/showing world!

4. Will you have kittens ready to go to homes in Fall 2016 and Winter/Spring 2017?  Yes!

5. Do you sell pets, show cats and cats for breeding? I place pets to loving families. Special arrangements are made IF I place a show cat or cat for breeding. I rarely place a CoonPals Coon with breeding rights. The prices are significantly higher for show/breed cats, and require an additional contract with special terms of agreement.

6. How big can Maine Coons grow? Maine Coon females are typically large, compared to other breeds, but smaller and lighter than Maine Coon males. Average Maine Coon females tend to be 8-12lbs with 13lbs or more being a very large female. Average males tend to be 10-15lbs, large males 15-20lbs, and 21-25lbs being an exceptionally EXTRA large male. REMEMBER: SHOWCATS strive to meet the IDEAL STANDARD ... the BEST of Maine Coons! Keep reasonable expectations when finding your PET! Weight should be fit and muscular, not fat. SIZE is greatly exaggerated, as to the average Maine Coon size & should NOT be one of the main reasons for getting one!

7. What makes the Maine Coon special, and your favorite cat breed? Maine Coons are extremely intelligent-alert, playful, loving, snugglers, quirky personalities, interactive, gorgeous, long silky soft coats & long plume tails, "wild looking" large housecats, puppy-like behavior (meet humans at door, follow room-to-room, seek human interaction and loyal, jump high in play, fetch, bury food and toys for later retrieval, vocal cat 'barks,' chirps, trills, meows, purrs while not irritatingly regular or loud), sensitive... I could go on and on!

8. What are the colors and patterns for Maine Coons? The most common colors and patterns are brown classic tabby, brown mackerel tabby, and brown patch tabby (females only). "Exotic Maine Coon Colors" are less plentiful and common, in solid colors of white, black, blue, red; bi-colors; smokes (undercoat is white with colored tips on the fur) in black & blue; patch tabby girls (multicolored plus red & creamy patches of color); and/or with patterns of classic tabby (large marble swirls through fur with stripped legs/tail) or mackerel tabby (thin tiger stripes through fur with stripped legs/tail).

9. Can Coons be an indoor-outdoor cat? Indoors and enclosed porch-type environments only. This provides the safest and healthiest environment for your pedigreed 'family member!'

10. Do Maine Coons get along well with other animals and children? Yes! Coons are great companions in single human and multi-human homes. They are great with other animals and children. Most Coons are the "BOSS" because they are so smart and crafty. Part of daily fun includes outsmarting and playing tricks on their humans and other living things in the home!

11. How much grooming do Maine Coons require? I keep a cat comb and brush by the couch and by my bed. Train Coons young that brushing is part of our petting/loving time, to remove loose fur and prevent hairballs. Brush the furniture, too!. We train them YOUNG to trim nails every two weeks. Baths for pet coons aren't needed very often- keep some baby wipes nearby for occasional clean offs.

12. What do you feed Maine Coons? Kittens & adults eat a mixture of hard foods,canned food & hard treats made by LIFE'S ABUNDANCE. Pregnant, nursing moms and kitten's get goat milk. All our CoonPals get fresh water with RED CELL, Liquid Vitamin/Mineral Supplement, liquid B-12 & Flaxseed Oil Omega-3s in it. Treats include cooked chicken, cooked fish, & tuna. TIP: Check the ingredients in wet food & hard food ingredients in what you are feeding; if it contains corn, gluten, soy, wheat, beet pulp, dairy products and/or artificial additives and preservatives, these are all common allergens for cats. This is one reason we feed exclusively LIFE'S ABUNDANCE a more 'natural' food which contains none of these allergens. It's formula is the SAME for Kittens and Cats, formulated by world reknown veterinarian, Dr. Jane Bicks.  It is made here in Jupiter, Florida!  Click on the link to order LIFE'S ABUNDANCE FOOD from us! DO NOT feed cow's milk because it is hard for kittens & cats to digest... causes diarrhea!

13. What about declawing my Maine Coon? Cat Associations consider declawing inhumane. I have found that training Coons young to have nail trimmings every two weeks, and doing this regularly, plus providing scratching posts, keeps problems under control. Squirt water bottles come in handy, IF a stubborn Coon tries to scratch furniture!

14. What do I need to provide to my Maine Coon? Lots of interaction, love, time and humor! Regular Vet vaccines and care; high quality hard food; fresh water in porcelain or stainless steel bowls; windows to nature; high sturdy scratching posts or towers; a deep plastic 58 QT litter box (Wal-Mart) filled with mixture of 3" deep Feline Pine Litter pellets and clumping litter; weekly combing/brushing; and a variety of toys.

15. What are my responsibilities concerning neutering the Coon? CoonPals neuter our kittens at 12-18 weeks old, before going to our families. This assures that CoonPals is supporting the need for Early Spay/Neuter to control overpopulation; in order to prevent accidental cross breedings, to protect the integrity of pedigreed Maine Coon Cats; and protection of CoonPals bloodlines from theft. The cost of neutering is included in CoonPals' Full Package Price.  Refer to the WINN FOUNDATION STUDY OF EARLY SPAY/NEUTER!

The Daily Cat Tip TODAY´S TIP: HEALTH & WELLNESS May 3, 2010

by Jane A Kelley, Cat expert and animal communicator, Paws and Effect

Is Early Spay/Neuter Good for Cats' Health?

 

Many shelters neuter cats at an early age so they're fixed by the time they're adopted. But some have raised concerns about the safety of this practice. Of particular concern was cats' urinary tract development. The Winn Feline Foundation did a survey on cats that were fixed at a young age, and to date, no health risks resulting from early neutering were found. There were no significant differences in urinary tract development in cats neutered early. Cats fixed early tend to be longer and taller than cats that have the surgery at a later date because their bones don't stop growing as early as cats fixed in adolescence. The results indicate that early spay/neuter is perfectly healthy.

Cat expert and animal communicator JaneA Kelley is the webmaster and chief cat slave for Paws and Effect, a weekly cat advice column by cats, for cats and their people.

16. Please read this Winn Feline Foundation Article on Early Spay/Neuter: Neuter in the Cat - a Winn Feline Foundation Report

17. What guarantees are provided in the CoonPals' Written Contract? CoonPals guarantees that our cats are pedigreed Maine Coons, registered in CFA, ACFA and/or TICA. We provide our kittens with two preventative de-wormings, monthly topical flea treatments, 1-2 Lyme Sulphur dips, as seasonally needed, their initial 2-3 sets of kitten 4-in-1 vaccines, 1 yr adult rabies, Blood test showing negative for Feline Aids and Feline Leukemia, Negative Fecal Test for worms, and are sent with FL Vet's Health Certificate stating the Coon is in good health: free of ear mites-fleas- worms-obvious feline illnesses/diseases/spots. CoonPals Sires and Dams are screened for HCM: Hypertropic Cardiomyopathy, and are guaranteed to be Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS negative. A free ACFA Cat Association Pedigreed registration of your Maine Coon will be submitted with your name as owner and your chosen name for the cat, & we microchip and register your CoonPals with SMARTTAG.  All of ours come freshly bathed, nails clipped & ears cleaned!!! Our total price saves the new family on gas, vet bills, time off from work for vet visits, and overall costs! We DO NOT recommend the Feline Leukemia or Feline AIDS vaccines!

18. Do you always place CoonPals' Coons to all families who contact you? NO! My Coons are my furry children! After thorough mutual interviewing and discussions, I may not think the environment and/or human understands and is willing to make the necessary commitment required to own a CoonPals Maine Coon Cat: one that will provide a stimulating, safe, healthy and thriving home, as 'one of the family' and 'cherished pet.' I have met some who view and look to add a Maine Coon as a "conversation piece, huge, trophy-like object," and I will not release my furry children to that attitude or environment.

19. What does "reserving a CoonPals Coon" mean? After communications and discussions, mutual agreement is made to be added to the CoonPals' VIP List, & submitting a non refundable deposit by money order or cashier's check on an upcoming Coon, along with our written contract. VIPS have extra communications, pictures, etc., and are notified first to choose from available CoonPals Coons.

20. When can my Maine Coon kitten come home with me? I let the mommies and kittens decide when the weaning process is complete- no earlier than 12 weeks of age, and sometimes up to 16 weeks.

21. Do you ever place older kittens or adult cats as pets? Yes. Occasionally I show a kitten or cat for a period of time, or a particular title, and then match that Coon to just the right family to move into the "Pet's Pampered Life!".

22. What is a microchip & Why do you microchip your cats?

Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted just beneath the skin between the shoulder blades by a veterinarian or trained member of an animal welfare organization. The process is similar to a vaccination and most animals do not react when the microchip is implanted. Once implanted the microchip remains just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime, a permanent form of identification. Cats are naturally curious and unpredictable, in the event that they are drawn away from the safety of their home you need to give them the best chance of getting home safely. In the event that your cat does get lost a microchip registered with 24PetWatch Or SMARTTAG is your cat’s best chance of getting home. – tell them that you would prefer to have a 24PetWatch microchip. In the event that they use a different brand of microchip you should still register your pet’s microchip with 24PetWatch or SmartTag- the only full service pet recovery networks that provide free registration for all brands of microchips in North America.
What should I do if my pet goes missing?
Call SMARATTAG or 24PetWatch immediately. The Lost Pet Recovery Specialists on duty will fill in a lost pet report, check for any corresponding pets found and conduct a real time search for your pet in over 500 animal welfare organizations across North America. In the event that we locate your pet we will help to arrange a re-union between you and your pet.
If my pet is taken to a veterinary clinic or shelter how will they know to call 24PetWatch or SmartTag?
All animals that are brought into a veterinary clinic or animal welfare organization are routinely scanned for a microchip. In the event that a microchip is located the emergency personnel will call 24PetWatch to see whether we have the pet registered in our database. As soon as a match has been made we will call you to let know that your pet has been found and to help to arrange a re-union. All pets registered with 24PetWatch are also provided with a 24PetWatch pet tag. In the event that your pet is still wearing the tag the emergency personnel will know to call 24PetWatch immediately.

23. What is feline herpes virus? Feline herpes virus is an upper respiratory virus of cats. It is also known as rhinotracheitis virus. It is very common among cats, especially in environments where there are multiple cats or new cats are constantly interacting. The virus is spread through the air and replicates in the upper respiratory tract (nasal area, tonsils). The conjunctiva of the eye is also affected during the primary infection. Clinical signs of infection include sneezing and ocular and nasal discharge. In most cases the primary infection resolves with no residual ocular lesions. However, depending on the age when the cat is affected, the serotype of the virus (infectivity or strength of infection), and other factors, there may be various ocular signs. In very young cats, adhesions of the eyelids to each other or to the cornea may occur. Adult cats may experience recurrent conjunctivitis or corneal ulcers. The virus remains latent in the nerves that serve the eyes. When a cat is stressed or exposed to new serotypes (different strains) of herpes virus, the ocular disease can recur. There is some evidence that eosinophilic keratitis, plasmacytic-lymphocytic keratitis, corneal sequestrum, and some cases of anterior uveitis may be associated with feline herpes virus infection.

How do cats get feline herpes virus?
Most cats are affected as kittens, contracting the infection from their mothers. Stray cats, multi-cat households, and cats from households where new cats are constantly introduced are more likely to suffer infection. Feline herpes virus is not contagious to dogs or to humans but only affects cats.

How is feline herpes virus diagnosed?
History and clinical signs can diagnose ocular diseases caused by feline herpes virus. Aside from history and clinical signs, diagnostic tests for feline herpes virus include virus isolation, immunofluorescent antibody testing, polymerase chain reaction testing, serology, and cytology. Testing can be expensive and is generally reserved for specific cases. Tests that may not specifically detect the presence of herpes may be used to detect ocular disease caused by herpes. These tests include a Schirmer tear test (measuring tear production), corneal staining, and conjunctival biopsy.

How is feline herpes virus treated?
Treatment for feline herpes virus infections is nonspecific and generally directed at controlling secondary bacterial infection. A topical antibiotic such as tetracycline or erythromycin may be prescribed for use in the eye. Systemic antibiotics may also be prescribed.

Viralys Powder contains: 250 mg. L-Lysine per 1 rounded scoop. Scoop provided in container. Approximately 310 doses per container. Oral L-Lysine is recommended by many veterinary ophthalmologists at a dose of 250-500 mg twice daily.

Lysine competes with another amino acid, arginine, that herpes virus must have in order to reproduce. Lysine has been demonstrated to decrease the severity of ocular symptoms associated with herpes virus infection (1) and reduce viral shedding during periods of disease recurrence (2). Depending on symptoms, other medications such as topical antiviral drugs, topical polysulfated glycosaminoglycans, topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or topical interferon may be used. In some cases the ocular diseases resulting from feline herpes virus may require surgical intervention. The key to managing the clinical signs associated with feline herpes virus is controlling the cat's environment. Cats exposed to multiple cats (indoor-outdoor cats), cats in multiple cat households, or cats that are frequently introduced to new cats are difficult to keep disease free. Reducing stress by maintaining a stable routine is helpful in preventing recurrences of disease. Keep in mind that it is the nature of the virus to see recurrences of the disease and periodic treatment is often necessary.

24. What is ringworm, & how is it treated? "Ringworm" is the common name for the skin infection caused by a special group of fungi; it is not caused by a worm at all. The fungi feed upon the dead cells of skin and hair causing, in people, a classic round, red lesion with a ring of scale around the edges and normal recovering skin in the center. Because the ring of irritated, itchy skin looked like a worm, the infection was erroneously named. The fungi responsible are called "dermatophytes," meaning "plants that live on the skin" thus the more correct term for ringworm is "dermatophytosis." The characteristic "ring" appearance is primarily a human phenomenon. In animals, ringworm frequently looks like a dry, grey, scaly patch but can also mimic any other skin lesion and have any appearance.

WHERE WOULD MY PET PICK UP THIS INFECTION? The spores of dermatophyte fungi are extremely hardy in the environment; they can live for years. All it takes is skin contact with a spore to cause infection. Infected animals are continuously dropping spore-covered hairs as infected hairs break off into the environment. Some animals are carriers, who never show signs of skin irritation themselves but can infect others readily. There are several species of dermatophyte fungi. Different species of fungi come from different kinds of animals or even from soil thus determining the ringworm species can help determine the source of the fungal infection.  OTHER SOURCES ARE:  veterinarian Offices,  Cat Show Halls,  Pet Friendly Motels,  Parks,  Lawns,  Other Animals like Dogs, Cats, Squirrels, & Other Mammals ...

CAN I GET THIS INFECTION? Yes, ringworm is contagious to people; however, some people are at greater risk than others. The fungus takes advantage of skin belonging to those with reduced immune capacity. This puts young animals and children, elderly people and pets, those who are HIV+, people on chemotherapy or taking medication after tranfusion or organ transplant and highly stressed people and animals at high risk. In general, if you do not already have ringworm at the time your pet is diagnosed, you probably will not get it.

HOW DOES THE DOCTOR KNOW THIS IS REALLY RINGWORM? In some cases, we know for sure that dermatophyte fungi are present while in other cases we are only highly suspicious. Lesions on animal skin are rarely the classic ring-shaped as in people (in fact, in animals, lesions are often not even itchy) thus some testing is usually necessary.  SEVERAL OF MY VETERINARIANS TELL ME THE CULTURE TEST IS  NOT 100% ACCURATE. SO JUST FORGO THE TEST AND TREAT FOR BOTH ANTIBACTERIAL AND ANTIFUNGAL!

WOOD'S LIGHT: Microsporum canis, the most common ringworm fungus, will fluoresce apple green in approximately 50% of cases. Fluorescence is an easy test to perform and may provide a strong clue that dermatophytes are present. Further testing is usually needed, however, to absolutely confirm diagnosis.

MICROSCOPIC EXAMINATION: Your veterinarian may wish to examine some hairs for microscopic spores. If spores can be seen on damaged hairs then the diagnosis of ringworm is confirmed; however, as spores are very difficult to see, many veterinarians skip this step.

FUNGAL CULTURE: Here, some hairs and skin scales are placed on a special culture medium in an attempt to grow one of the ringworm fungi. The advantage of this test is that it not only can confirm ringworm but can tell exactly which species of fungus is present. Knowing the identity of the fungus may help determine the source of infection. The disadvantage, however, is that fungi require 10 days to grow out. Also, this is the only test that is helpful in determining if animal is an asymptomatic carrier. The other tests require an apparent skin lesion to test. A pet with no apparent lesions can be combed over its whole body and the fur and skin that are removed can be cultured. Carrier animals are usually cats living with several other cats.  SEVERAL OF MY VETERINARIANS TELL ME THE CULTURE TEST IS  NOT 100% ACCURATE. SO JUST FORGO THE TEST AND TREAT FOR BOTH ANTIBACTERIAL AND ANTIFUNGAL!

**TREATMENTS: Commitment is the key to success especially if you have more than one pet. Infected animals are constantly shedding spores into the environment (your house) thus disinfection is just as important as treatment of the affected pet.  SEVERAL OF MY VETERINARIANS TELL ME THE CULTURE TEST IS  NOT 100% ACCURATE. SO JUST FORGO THE TEST AND TREAT FOR BOTH ANTIBACTERIAL AND ANTIFUNGAL!  This includes ORAL PILLS,  LYME SULPHUR DIPS & TOPICAL SPRAYS/CREAMS ON SPOTS LIKE MICONAZOLE/CLORATRIMAZOLE!, & LIVING AREAS WITH BLEACH!   I signed up at WALGREEN's PHARMACY for the PET PROGRAM under a specific cat name, at $20 yearly enrollment fee.  Instead of this particular prescription costing me $188, it cost me $20!!!   I am happy!!!

**ORAL MEDICATION FOR INFECTED PETS: There IS A NEW ORAL PILL THAT IS NOW BEING PRESCRIBED: TERBINAFINE ... 250MG (GENERIC LAMISIL)  8-10 LB CAT TAKES ORAL 1/2 A PILL PER DAY.

*BEFORE TERBINAFINE, THERE WERE primarily two medications being used to treat ringworm: Griseofulvin and Itraconazole (brand name "Sporonox"). Veterinary dermatologists disagree as to which is better. Both medications are relatively expensive, must be given with food, and have significant potential to cause birth defects in pregnant pets. Treatment with either medication typically is continued for 1-2 months and should not be discontinued until the pet cultures negative. Stopping when the pet simply looks well visually frequently leads to recurrence of the disease.

*GRISEOFULVIN (brand name Fulvicin): This medication must be given with a fatty meal in order for an effective dose to be absorbed by the pet. Persian cats and young kittens are felt to be sensitive to its side effects which usually are limited to nausea but can include liver disease and serious white blood cell changes. Cats infected with the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus commonly develop life-threatening blood cell changes and should never be exposed to this medication. Despite the side effects, which can be severe for some individuals, Griseofulvin is still the traditional medication for the treatment of ringworm and is usually somewhat less expensive than Itraconazole.

*ITRACONAZOLE: This medication is highly effective in the treatment of ringworm but is available in capsules far too large to be useful to most small animals. This means that a special company must reformulated the medication into a more useful size. Nausea is a potential side effect for this medication but probably the main reason it is passed by in favor of griseofulvin is expense. Itraconazole is also effective in treating many life-threatening fungal infections whereas Griseofulvin only treats ringworm. By increasing the amount of Itraconazole in the environment, we may be creating resistance in more dangerous fungi which could become a problem over the years. On the average, cats treated with Itraconazole and nothing else were able to achieve cure two weeks sooner than cats treated with Griseofulvin.

*ITRACONAZOLE BRAND NAME: SPORONOX: AVAILABLE IN 100 mg CAPSULES or as ORAL SOLUTION8

*Ketoconazole was the first such oral antifungal drug but it had room for improvement regarding its side effect potential. There were problems with nausea, liver toxicity, and feminization of male patients. Itraconazole was developed in answer to these concerns. Its potential for side effects is far lower, although its expense, unfortunately, is far greater.

HOW THIS MEDICATION WORKS: Itraconazole works by inhibiting the fungal enzymes that produce “ergosterol,” an important component of the fungal cell wall. Without adequate ergosterol, the fungal cell becomes weak, leaky and ultimately dies. Fungal infections for which itraconazole can be used include: Dermatophytosis (Ringworm), Malessezia/Yeast Dermatitis, Blastomycosis, Cryptococcosis (“window washer’s disease), Histoplasmosis, Aspergillosis, Candidiasis, Coccidiodomycosis (“Valley Fever”)

SIDE EFFECTS: The chief reason for choosing Itraconazole over other antifungal agents is to avoid side effects. While itraconazole users do not commonly experience side effects, it is important to be aware of what to watch for. Side effects of concern are appetite loss, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. If they occur, medication should be discontinued and liver enzymes should be checked. If an adverse side effect occurs, it is expected to resolve with discontinuation of the medication. After recovery, itraconazole can usually be restarted at a lower dose.

* DOES "PROGRAM"  LUFENURON .,,   CURE RINGWORM?
In the late fall of 2000, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association published a study of over 200 cases indicating that Lufenuron (the active ingredient of Program) could be an effective treatment for Ringworm. This began as an observation that animals using Program or Sentinel for flea control did not get ringworm. Questions about this work have come up from the public since the release of this work. The fact is that the study is still under scrutiny by members of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology and “the jury is still out.” It is clear that the doses purported to be helpful with Ringworm should not be harmful. At this time the use of lufenuron for Ringworm is reasonable if other more conventional treatments are concurrently used.

25. What is Cardio Hypotrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)?    What are we doing with DNA testing? http://pawpeds.com/pawacademy/health/mybpc3/

~ CoonPals’ Breeding Lines are screened for HCM- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy ~

~ A Winn Feline Foundation Health Article On ... An Update on the Genetics of Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy ~

Kathryn Meurs, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology), Professor
Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman WA
Presented at 28th Annual Winn Feline Foundation Symposium
June 15, 2006
Reno, NV ~Summary prepared by Janet Wolf

Dr. Kathryn Meurs, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology), Washington State University, presented a timely and informative talk on Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy this year. She first described the disease and its diagnosis and then discussed the genetics behind this disease. Her update on the breed-specific research she has been conducting was of great interest to many of the symposium attendees.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a primary heart muscle disease and is the most common heart disease in cats. It usually results in a thickening of the heart muscle, generally in the left ventricle, and often leads to an increase in blood pressure in the upper chambers of the heart and causes a backward flow of blood into the lungs. The symptoms cat owners notice include difficulty in breathing (open-mouth breathing) or heart failure. Sometimes blood clots result, often moving to the back legs and causing paralysis (saddle thrombosis). Typified by adult onset, prognosis and progress of this disease is variable.

HCM is often inherited or susceptibility to the disease is "genetically programmed" to develop in a specific individual. It is, however, not always inherited. At this time, we believe there are inherited forms of HCM in Maine Coon, Devon Rex, Ragdoll, American Shorthair and British Shorthair cats. To determine inheritability and the genes that are implicated, the researchers have looked at HCM in humans, where 11 different sarcomeric genes and over 200 mutations have been identified. This provides direction for the researchers looking at feline HCM. At this time, they have identified one mutation in the contractile protein in Maine Coon cats. After comparing cats with known HCM from other breeds (Ragdolls, British Shorthairs and Norwegian Forest Cats), the researchers know that the mutation identified for Maine Coon cats is not present in these cats. They also suspect that there may be modifier genes that affect the severity, age of onset, etc. of the disease. While identifying the one mutation in Maine Coons is a significant breakthrough, it is not the complete answer, as this mutation is not observed in all affected Maine Coons or the other breeds they have looked at with a history of HCM.

** Update: While identifying the one mutation in Maine Coons is a significant breakthrough, it is not the complete answer, as this mutation is not observed in all affected Maine Coons or the other breeds they have looked at with a history of HCM. Identifying the affected gene/s is a slow and laborious process. Dr. Meurs and her research team worked from 1995 to 2005 before identifying the first gene mutation in the Maine Coon cat!

The researchers looking at HCM in Maine Coon cats have determined that 33% of the submissions for testing have been positive for the genetic mutation. So, what is the next step for breeders? Removal of 33% of the gene pool over a short period of time is likely to result in the loss of good traits at the same time and will decrease the genetic diversity within the breed. Since most cases are heterozygous for the trait, Dr. Meurs recommends carefully evaluating any Maine Coon that tests positive. Assess the quality of the cat and, if it has traits that you want to perpetuate, breed it to an unaffected cat. Test all the kittens, carefully evaluate them, and try to keep the kittens that test negative or only those cats of exceptional quality that test positive. It will take several generations of breeding to work through this challenge and produce kittens that test negative and have the traits you wish to perpetuate.

What should you do if you test the cat and it is homozygous for this gene mutation? Dr. Meurs recommends that you test the cat annually by echocardiogram and/or have it evaluated annually by a feline cardiologist as it is an adult onset disease. Do not use this cat for breeding as all offspring will carry the gene mutation.

Dr. Meurs concluded by saying she believes that additional genetic mutations will be identified in both the Maine Coon cats and in other pedigreed cats. It is a long process and there are many more questions to be answered.

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