Hi - firstly appologies for the long post! :blushing: I was over the moon some weeks back when I thought my search for another BSH kitten was over....I had found what I had been looking for..a gorgeous lilac colourpoint with the sweetest face and blue eyes. I felt she looked a bit small for her age but I didn't mind that as I thought I could soon feed her up a bit and I hadn't intended to breed from her as she was to be a companion to my other BSH Dolly first and foremost. I left a deposit for her and told my friends and family my good news. So I started to buy in extra litter, kitten food, toys....like you do...all excited about bringing her home then I get a phone call the weekend just gone from the breeder. I cannot have my little girl as she so sadly had to be put to sleep. Along with two other litter mates. I was devastated. Three out of the litter of four had very severe heart murmurs with no heart beat at all...just a whooshing noise and were not taking in nutrients and therefore not growing as they should. They had no immune system as such. It became apparent to the breeder that something was very wrong when the healthy boy was so big in comparison to the others...coupled with her 12 years experience of breeding these beautiful cats. Three out of four is very bad odds though....and I have been wandering what could be the cause of such a defect in so many of the litter. The breeder did say after the event that she felt maybe her queen was a bit old and she had perhaps let her have one litter too many. Could this be the case? I'm at a loss and trying to understand and make some sense of it all. Does anyone know what could cause something like this? Ive just had a windows calender reminder come through that she would have been 10 weeks today...so I would have been bringing her home in 3 weeks.