My dream was to own & show a Maine Coon and after 10 years of research, I finally bought an exceptionally beautiful pedigree girl from a breeder of good reputation. My kitten is now 6 months old but needed surgery as her hips popped out (confirmed hip dysplasia) and her knees are also not good. Such pain for her! The hips will need later surgery now as the knees ended up priority. I was told there were no problems and the breeder says none of his other cats have had this problem and seems disinterested. Although the kitten is insured, the insurance company is playing up as she’s only weeks into her insurance and they’re doing everything to get out of paying up.((only had the kitten 6 weeks). We’ve already forked out £1400 so will have to deal with the financials later although her health is the priority. I know MC can have hip problems but I was confident she was clear. I can no longer show the cat. She will have continuous vet visits, a limp and all the other problems associated with hip dysplasia. I am absolutely gutted for my little baby. She’s was such a loving character but her whole personality has changed and she can barely walk. She has lost such a lot of weight too. She’s not the same cat since the problem. I’ve not even had her 2 months. Does the breeder have any responsibility or should the owners of the rest of the litter be informed or have I just been stupid by not asking for testing to be done? I’m probably being naive (I can’t find a definite answer) but can 1 cat get the HD but not the others in the litter? I won’t give my little girl up but if the insurance company does get funny that’s a huge amount of money I don’t have. Some advice on options would be great if anyone has any please.