Health tested can mean ANYTHING… from just a PCR panel test done to a medium health tested breeder or a heavily health tested breeder and many breeders do none at all.
It is worth finding out a breeders definition of what health tested means to whether it has any relevance.
We test yearly however up to every 2 years can be acceptable depending on personal views on certain tests .
Both parents should be health tested to have any reliance on the kitten’s health indication, otherwise it is unreliable at best.
Many will argue the reliability of testing and may say we know the line history, this is an old excuse used to get around the fact they dont health test in our opinion.
We know the line history also as we check back through generations to see if any hereditary and genetic problems. BUT this simply isn’t enough …
Even with both parents health tested cats and kittens can still throw genetic and heredity problems hence why we require health insurance.
What do we know about a cat’s heart if we have not scanned it? .. nothing at all ..
Does a breeder know if they have parasites without doing individual PCR panel tests… they wouldn’t.
What do we know about a cat’s PKD without testing … we don’t.. a breeder is in the dark completely on the cats whole health, hoping for the best.
Health testing is an extremely valuable and credible tool for information on a cat’s health.
Simply, without health testing you are looking at the cat assuming they are healthy.
Often kittens and cats are NOT! just may not be symptomatic.
Not all Kings and Queens are fit to be breeding cats.
Health Problems could still occur even if you do every health test available to cats as they are living souls and creatures and it is nature.
Being a breeder isn’t just about having kittens. It’s about bettering the breed which includes showing and health testing to improve the health standard and wellbeing of the breed for them to continue and flourish.
Without health tested breeders and good breeders, any breed would become over run with health problems and standards would most certainly fluctuate. Getting a healthy animal would become luck of the draw .
A health tested breeder helps stamp out health problems as best as they whilst maintaining the type and characteristics of the breed standard .
Show breeders are to be admired also as they continue to know what they are breeding.
To conclude, always research your breeder and health tests.