What is Sphynx personality like?
Sphynx cats are extremely intelligent, social and highly affectionate cats. They are also known as "dog in a cat's body" because of their extroverted behaviour.
Should I be dressing my sphynx cat?
All cats like to be warm. Sphynx are naked, but they are not fragile. They are used to the inside temperatures and if it is comfortable for you, they will be comfortable too. They love to snuggle with humans under the blankets, though, and will try to bury themselves in a soft bedding. But hey, if you like dressing up your kitten, go to town!
Do sphynx have more health problems than other cats?
Sphynx cats, like most other cats, require regular vaccination, and when you are buying a kitten from a breeder you may want to make sure that your baby got at least 2 sets of basic vaccination.
In overcrowded catteries the chances of contracting respiratory infections are higher than in a small cattery like ours. Good breeders screen their cats for potential health problems like Herpes, Chlamydia, Calicivirus, Mycoplasma, Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) typically caused by the feline coronavirus. When you are purchasing a kitten from reputable breeder, he/she should be able to show you the records of screening for feline leukemia virus, feline AIDS. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most commonly diagnosed cardiac disease in cats. Although the definitive cause of feline HCM has not been identified, its prevalence within certain breeds (i.e. Maine Coon cats, Ragdolls) has prompted speculation that at least some forms of HCM are genetic in origin. HCM is the most important screen test you want to make sure parents of your kitten had done.
Can my sphynx be an outdoor cat?
NO! Sphynx have no protection like haired cats have. They will get frost bites, sunburns and they are simply too unique and expensive to be wandering around. People steal them for profit!
Do sphynx cats require any special care?
Yes they do. Being hairless, they need some protection. It's the skin oil. Sphynx cats need to be bathed at least once a week and their ears need to be cleaned out at the same time. You don't have to bathe them weekly if you don’t care for brown oily spots all over your bedding and furniture. The Sphynx breed also tends to accumulate oils and debris under their nails as well as the skin fold above the nail due to the lack of fur, so, like the ears, the nails and surrounding skin folds need to be cleaned properly as well. Good breeder takes time and gets their babies used to taking baths since they are tiny kittens. Some of them never learn to like it, but at least they tolerate it.
I'm allergic to cats. Is sphynx cat good for me?
Sorry, but no. While Sphynx cats lack much of the fur of other cat breeds, Sphynx cats are not necessarily hypoallergenic. Allergies to cats are triggered by a protein called Fel d1, not cat hair itself. Fel d1 is a tiny and sticky protein primarily found in cat saliva and sebaceous glands. Those with cat allergies may react worse to direct contact with Sphynx cats than other breeds. However, conflicting reports of some people successfully tolerating Sphynx cats also exist. These positive reports may be cases of desensitizing, wherein the "hairless" cat gave the owner optimism to try to own a cat, eventually leading to the positive situation of their own adaptation. In short, if you are susceptible to environmental allergies and particularly to cats, your allergy symptoms are not going to be as severe as when you pet a haired cat. However, most people are allergic to saliva and, hey! - cats are cats, they lick themselves as much as haired cats do.
Full Monty Sphynx
We have sent our kittens to new homes nearby as well as far away and we know the process quite well! We ship across Canada, to the US and internationally.
Just as in case of a regular adoption, first we will provide you a full cost breakdown, discuss and agree with you on the logistics (how, where, when), get a simple contract signed. We require the full amount to be paid a week prior to shipping (including price of the carrier, shipping charges and other applicable fees, e.g. insurance, etc.) We will not ship a kitten without a full payment.
The moment a kitten is shipped to you, we have no longer any control over the animal and carry no responsibility for what can to happen to kitten en route. Therefore, it is up to the buyer to purchase additional insurance just in case. Further to that, it is the buyer’s responsibility to file a claim with the airline carrier if the shipment is lost, stolen, damaged, delayed or results in the mortality of the kitten.
As an alternative option, we do have trusted couriers who hand-deliver kittens for us. Although this is more expensive than shipping with a regular airline, we thought we should offer you this “extra layer of padding” for your baby, but the choice ultimately is yours!