Veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Creed of Chicago owns and operates Dr. Jennifer’s Ragdolls and specializes in breeding and selling the Ragdoll cats. Dr. Jennifer Creed first began breeding Ragdolls in 1994. Today, she offers a wide selection of kittens and male and female cats and maintains a satisfied customer base spread throughout the Great Lakes region. Grooming and daily care for Ragdoll cats differ slightly from that performed for many other breeds. For example, because of the thick and very soft coat of the Ragdoll, they require weekly hair brushings to prevent matting, tangling, and excessive shedding. Fortunately, Ragdolls often love the extra attention they receive during grooming sessions. Ragdolls especially enjoy human companionship and generally belong indoors more than they do out of doors. However, at the same time, they require regular exercise and play to maintain healthy body weights. Male and female Ragdolls may reach as much as 20 pounds in weight, which is fairly large for domesticated cat breeds. Owners need to ensure that their Ragdolls do not become obese, which may lead to further health complications, by giving them plenty of stimulation and toys to play with.
Dr. Jennifer Creed, veterinarian and the owner and founder of Dr. J’s Perfect Dolls, a cattery based west of Chicago, has been a Ragdoll cat breeder since 1994. The Ragdoll, a breed discovered and by Ann Baker in the 1960s, is a combination of the Persian, Burmese, and Berman breeds. The Ragdoll breed earned its name from its endearing tendency to go limp in one’s arms like a child’s ragdoll. Ragdolls grow to be muscular cats with white or cream coats that rarely matt, and Dr. Jennifer Creed works daily to ensure that each kitten in her care grows to be healthy.At Dr. J’s Perfect Dolls, kittens are kept in groups of five or fewer and live in an environment with children, dogs, and other cats. This helps them to socialize and become comfortable living in a variety of environments. Furthermore, Dr. Creed screens each kitten regularly for kidney disease, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), and internal and external parasites. Beginning her career as a veterinarian in 1993, Dr. Jennifer Creed worked as an Associate Veterinarian at the Carol Stream Animal Hospital in Carol Stream, Illinois until 1996. Since 1998, Dr. Creed has worked as a Veterinarian at Lisle, Illinois’ Emergency Veterinary Services, which provides overnight care for ill pets when other veterinary clinics are closed.Dr. Jennifer Creed received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Benedictine University, an Associate degree in Business from the College of Dupage, and a Bachelor of Arts in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois.Dr. Jennifer Creed lives west of Chicago with her husband and their four children. In her spare time, Dr. Creed enjoys horseback riding, physical fitness, and spending time with her kids.
Dr. Jennifer Creed: Dangers and Prevention of Feline Leukemia
A consulting veterinarian at DePaw University Canine Campus, an animal boarding center, Dr. Jennifer Creed has an extensive background in cat care. She owns and operates Dr. Jennifer's Ragdolls, an award-winning cattery near Chicago, Illinois.A retrovirus that affects cats of all ages, feline leukemia (FeLV) is a contagious disease spread by the bodily fluids of an infected cat. For this reason, the rate of infection is highest in cats that have regular contact with others. This population includes kittens, who may contract the disease in utero or in the nursing process. Signs that a cat may have contracted FeLV include enlarged lymph nodes, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, fever, and lack of appetite. Close examination of the cat's face may also reveal pale gums or yellowing of the mouth and whites of the eyes.To prevent feline leukemia, owners should consult with their veterinarians regarding vaccination. Typically, veterinarians recommend feline leukemia vaccines for cats who go outdoors and for indoor cats who may have been exposed to an infected animal. Cats should be tested for FeLV before receiving the vaccine, as the disease may present asymptomatically.