Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Nocoatkitty Sphynx Reviews

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The most distinctive feature of the sphynx cat is its appearance of hairlessness. The Sphynx is of medium size and body conformation with substantial weight for its size. Female sphynx are generally smaller than males. The head shape is a modified wedge, with prominent cheekbones and whisker pads giving a squared appearance to the muzzle. The body of a sphynx is warm and soft to the touch, with a skin texture akin to either a soft peach or a smooth nectarine. The Sphynx is sweet-tempered, lively, intelligent, and amenable to handling. My Sphynx cats and Sphynx kittens are part of our family. Sphynx kittens are ready to go to their new homes when they are socialized and ready for their new environment around 12-14 weeks old. I love talking with potential owners about my Sphynx hairless kittens and sharing pictures :-) I am very proud of all of my hairless cats. I hope you enjoy browsing my blog and viewing the photos of my Sphynx cats and kittens. Our sphynx kittens come in all colors. Including black, white, blue, tabby, points,  minks, and occasionally odd eyed:)


So the question comes up all the time… “How Did You get Into Breeding Sphynx”? So here is my story.

Growing up I had severe allergies to cats and dogs. I always LOVED cats… yes even my first word was cat! But, I had cats anyways. I grew up with a domestic shorthair named Whiskers (how original) who lived well up until she was 18. I also had a main coon named Zima and Big Leo another domestic shorthair. I remember going to school with eyes bulging out of my head itchy and red from sleeping with the cats even though I knew the end result. I loved all animals,  and I was always the first to bring home any animal that was sick, abandon, or hurt and nurse them back to health. Just a passion that was always there:-D
So when I finally moved out on my own I brought my maine coon with me. I felt bad while I was at work her being all alone but could not imagine bringing another hairy cat into my home as even as years passed my allergies never got any better. So after researching “hypoallergenic” breeds I stumbled on the sphynx. OMG I had to have one!!! After never really purchasing a cat from a breeder I had no idea what to look for so I just grabbed the first one I was able to get immediately! She was a blue and white bicolor and I had her name already picked out “Chloey”. She had to be shipped to me as the breeder lived on the West Coast… I was sooooo excited counting down the 7 days I had to wait for her arrival! 2 days before Chloey was to be shipped I got a call from the breeder and the woman explained my kitties mom was diagnosed with a horrible disease HCM. OMG what is HCM??? She said I could have the kitten or she would return my money as she couldnt guarantee the health of this baby as it is sometimes a genetic issue. I could not imagine giving up a kid because he/she may develop a disease so I took the girl anyways. I did my research and decided to have my kittens heart scanned for this HCM. I never imagined she would have it as she was a CRAZY playful kitty!! So we went to see the cardiologist as soon as she turned 8 months and to my surprise she was diagnosed with HCM. It felt like my world was falling apart:-( How can my baby have this?? Why wasnt she the lucky 50% of the litter?? So we put her on medication for her heart that the Doc prescribed and I took her home. Well that was 8 yrs ago and luckily my Chloey is still with us today.
If you have a sphynx then you know sphynx are addictive. So I went online and decided to purchase a little boy. He was a beautiful blue and white sphynx. Chloey needed a naked friend (well that was my excuse to get another). So Jakes arrival was finally here YIPEE!!! He came with a cute little sweater and had the sweetest expressions on his face. OMG we bonded immediately! Chloey and Jake also became friends immediately! After about a week I noticed Jake was not eating much and laying around quite a bit. I went to pick him up and I felt his heart beating out of his chest  and I knew something was wrong. I called my vet immediately and ran him right over. My vet said he had a level 4 heart murmur (most likely from a birth defect) and there was not much they can do for a kitten so young with such a high level, and he would most likely die:-( I burst into tears and held Jake tightly praying this not to be true. I brought him home and never left his side. Jake came to work with me everyday, he went grocery shopping, to the bank, to the movies, and he even came in the bathroom with me (Oh yes NEVER left my side). I called the breeder and she said heart murmurs were normal in kittens..even a level 4. Ok I am no expert but this cannot be true! As the days passed he became very skinny and I had to syringe feed him morning, afternoon, and night. Oh please dont leave me Jake… be strong we can beat this. He slept right next to me every night under the covers and on a peepee pad as he lost all control of his bladder. But, I didnt care:-( I took him to University Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital to run some tests as I would do anything… just dont let this baby die. I was told the same…”There is nothing to do for him”. My world was falling apart again but this time no meds or love could help this poor baby. Unfortunately Jake’s body had enough and he crossed the rainbow at the age of 5 months. And to this day I will never forget that poor little guy. Why did he have to go so soon?  But in the time he was here with me he learned what it was to be loved and he is now in a place where he can be a happy healthy kitten forever.
So a few months after Jakes passing I decided it was time to get poor Chloey a friend again. My Maine Coon was old and didnt want to be bothered. But, am I setting myself up for heartbreak again? Well after a ton of thought I decided to get Jasmine. She was a beautiful solid black little sphyxn girl. So the day came to pick her up from the airport. I couldnt wait for the airlines to hand her over to me!!! I finally get the carrier and run out to my car with her to let her stretch a bit from the long flight. I open the kennel and I smell this awful smell… what the heck is that I ask myself? So I pull her out and her poor eyes were glued shut with pus and the tips of her ears looked scabbed. She also had scars all over her body….and OMG the sweater on her was filthy along with the blanket she was laying on. I rush her home and get her cleaned up as best as possible and run her to the vet. She is VERY sick and had to be put on eye drops and antibiotics. I bring her home and do everything the vet says but she is still so sick. Oh please not again…I give up. What is wrong with this breed??? Or is it my bad luck? Well after $4000 in vet bills and 24/7 care 8 months later my Jasmine finally got better. And Jasmine is still here with us today healthy and happy!
Well after my horrible experiences one would ask “Why the heck would you breed”. Well I wanted to be better than the breeders that sold me those cats and make this breed better. I wanted to learn everything I could about sphynx, and unlike the many breeders I contacted and asked questions to with no reply when I was so desperate for help… I want to answer everyones questions… even the questions asked by people who didnt even purchase a kitten from me. If someone has a question about their cat I will give the best advise I can. I do not care whether their cat came from me or not.  I want to give back to the breed I fell so in love with and the breed who gives me so much happiness. I researched everything about sphynx down to their toenails. Oh yes I was crazy, I read entire veterinary textbooks from cover to cover. I was determine to do this right and produce the healthiest cats I could. Well things were uphill from there….I found an amazing breeder in Europe that agreed to import a sphynx female here to use in my breeding program. When I got my girl she was big and healthy and had the biggest blue eyes you ever seen. That is my Vanessa. I then imported another female here to the US and named her China. Another beautiful healthy girl. I was so excited and grateful to finally find breeders who actually did right for our breed!! Well it was time for my stud…. and Jax came along not long after. He was a big muscular blue mink male. I love them all and everyone was healthy and happy.  I continued to do my research and text book reading for the next few months and now it was time for my China to be bred. OMG I am so excited and scared at the same time. Well China gave birth 64 days after she was bred and I welcomed 7 healthy beautiful kittens in the world as the first Nocoatkitty generation:-)
So this is my story. Everyone starts their breeding programs for one reason or another. Mine was to make better of our amazing breed we call sphynx for Chloey, Jake, and Jasmine. Though I know I cannot play God (even though I try my hardest) I am 100% devoted to the sphynx and have a passion that drives me to produce the best sphynx kittens I can!


Seal Mink Sphynx
Tuxedo Sphynx
Black Sphynx

Seal Point Sphynx
Odd Eye White Sphynx
Seal And White Mink Sphynx
Blue Mink Sphynx

Blue and White Sphynx
Black Sphynx

Tabby Sphynx
Seal Tabby Mink Sphynx

Chocolate Sphynx
Tortie Sphynx

Tuxedo Sphynx

In addition to the sphynx cat being nearly hairless, it is the sphynx’s intelligence, affection, and playfulness that make them unique among felines. Sphynx cats and sphynx kittens have a fine down on their body, or some hair on the paws, nose, tail, or outer ears. The feel of their skin can be compared to that of chamois or somewhat rubbery. Some people who suffer from cat allergies can tolerate living with Sphynx cats. However, depending on the type and severity of the individual’s allergic reactions, there are still people who cannot live with sphynx cats or sphynx kittens. It is always recommend that you visit a breeder to see if you have allergies to the sphynx cat.
Sphynx cats and Sphynx kittens get along great with other pets. They quickly adapt to other cats, dogs, or any other pets in you household. Two sphynx are always better than one! Sphynx cats and sphynx kittens require a lot of attention and can get very lonely when left alone. Because of this we always discount for anyone purchasing more than one sphynx from us!

How do I keep my sphynx cat / sphynx kitten warm?
A general rule of thumb is to consider your comfort level.  If you are comfortable enough in your home to walk around naked then they are usually comfortable too.  If you are bundled up in a sweater or under the blankets to keep warm, a Sphynx would probably appreciate the same treatment.  If they do get chill a Sphynx will seek out a place to get warm such as on top of the TV or computer monitor, under the covers on a bed, in a sunbeam, or in a covered pet bed.  Many people keep heating blankets or pads, wrapped with a blanket, turned on low so their Sphynx can find a warm spot if needed. You can also find heated pet beds which most Sphynx love.

How much do I need to bath my sphynx cat or sphinx kitten?
This really depends on the individual cat.  Some Sphynx produce more oil than others and would need to be bathed more frequently, while others produce little to no oil and can go several weeks to months without a bath.  As a rule I would suggest a monthly bath as a starting point and you can alter the schedule to fit the needs of your particular Sphynx. We use baby wipes between bathing.

What colors do sphynx come in?
Sphynx come in all colors and patterns found in the cat world including pointed, mink sepia, tabby and bi-color.  A cat’s color isn’t just in it’s fur but goes completely down to the pigmentation of its skin as a Sphynx easily demonstrates.

What is the lifespan of a sphynx cat?
Sphynx have a normal lifespan and don’t suffer from any special health problems.  Although, as in any breed, there are unfortunate early deaths, many Sphynx have enjoyed a full life into their late teens or twenties.

What is the average size of a sphynx cat?
Generally adult females weigh 6-8 pounds while males are 8-10 pounds, however this can vary to some extent either way.

What causes sphynx to grow hair?
Much depends on the gentic background of the particular cat, no cat is truly hairless but hormone changes may sometimes cause your Sphynx to grow a small amount of fuzz as it matures (for whole cats).  It may also come and go with the changing season or remain intact.  Mother Nature will often have the last word.









How Much Does a Sphynx Kitten Cost?
Pet Sphynx Kitten ………………………….$1500
Solid Black/Chocolate/Lilac  Sphynx …..$1800
ODD EYE PET ……………………………….$2200
Elf Kittens ………………….$1500-$2000  (Depending on ear quality)

**Sphynx do much better with a friend we discount for 2nd kitten**

$500 Deposit Required To Hold A Kitten which will go towards the total price. Balance due on pick up or 1 week prior to shipping.
SHIPPING is done with Hand Courier for an additional $350 : Your baby will fly on the plane with a person not by itself.
KITTENS CAN GO HOME BETWEEN 12-14 WEEKS OLD. NO EXCEPTIONS! Please refer to my links on the home page and click on “Why Kittens Should Not Leave Early” for more info!
The price of your hairless kitten will include the first two distemper vaccinations, deworming, at least one veterinary exam given before it leaves, kitten kit and TICA/CFA registration papers . Kittens also leave with written health guarantee.

Why Are Kittens So Expensive
While BYB’s and pet shops may make money selling kittens, most legitimate breeders do not even cover their own costs. It’s a very expensive hobby. Most of us WISH we could just break even, but can’t. It may look like a gold mine to you, but let’s go through the expenses involved and you’ll see that turning a profit would be a rare event for a breeder. We do this for love of cats, not money (and most of us hide the REAL expenses from our spouses and friends!). Responsible breeders are looking to improve the breed and sells PET kittens from litters to offset the cost of helping with their practice in the betterment of the breed, improving their cattery and showing their cats!
As an example, buying a top show quality female, with breeding rights may cost $2000 to $3500. My breeder cats have excellent bloodlines, temperament, type and HEALTH. To produce beautiful and healthy babies it starts from their parents.
Maintenance, Supplies, HCM Heart Scans, Blood Tests and Veterinary Care generally cost sphynx breeders about $1000 per cat the 1st year. By the time a cat is first bred, at about a year old, the breeder will have invested several thousand dollars.Top Quality Food/Vitamins and kitty litter per month=$600 (just for adults)Food and milk replacement per litter ($400) (a month)Kitten shots cost breeders about $50 per kitten – and that’s if there are NO problems to be treated. The slightest illness can cost $200-$1000 (per kitten).Kittens stay with me for 3 months or so, and have to be fed top quality food, cuddled, and cleaned-up-after for all that time. I am also available 24/7 to anyone who has questions or concerns about their cat/kitten.
Separate, special areas of the house are customized for the cats to use as a playroom, stud room and nursery – (Pictures under playroom) cattery set-ups cost $23,000 to build. Heaters run in every room to keep our nurseries/playroom warm.. Electric bills have well exceeded $1000 a MONTH!! If all goes well, fat healthy kittens are born – but there are always the disasters, such as C-sections that run $1500 and up. And sometimes, after all the investment is made, a cat is found to be infertile:(
Good breeders make a huge investment into “doing it right”, by having the right breeding cats and facilities. Both pet shops and BYB’s reap profits, by cutting corners (not having quality cats as parents, not showing, not keeping kittens until the proper age or providing proper prenatal and kitten veterinary care) – and then they charge the same price as the reputable breeders. And those caring, professional breeders make huge sacrifices in their personal lives, and shed lots of tears, in trying to create succesful breeding programs. BYB’s are “one hit wonders” – they take your money and are gone. Most legitimate breeders are going to be pretty darn annoyed if you neglect to send photos and check in once in awhile!
True breeders deserve more credit than the general public gives them. The public, unfortunately, is only inspired by the negative side, the Back Yard Breeder and the horror stories on DateLine. Those situations are very accurate but the good and responsible breeders get caught up in all the myth and unpleasantries and therefore get looked down on. There is no real reward system set up for lifetime breeders, no gold watch and certainly no pension. The greatest reward we ever have is seeing a wonderful kitten, that is a credit to the breed and a wonderful pet, live a long and happy life with someone that also respects the breed and animals life in general. They also appreciate the decades of endless time that goes into consistently producing animals that breed true to type.
The costs associated with proper nutrition, vet care, health testing, outcrossing, and showing all are reflected in the price.  Don’t be fooled into a ‘bargain’ because really you end up with what you pay for. There are numerous ethical and wonderful Sphynx breeders available, but sadly there have also popped up some that care more about their own pocket-book than the welfare of the kittens/cats and their potential owners.
Be very careful and wary if you see bargain prices; these kittens usually cost hundreds more in vet bills, kittens come with no contracts or health guarantee/or the breeder falls off the face of the earth once the kitten is in your possession. As you read above there is a lot involved in producing healthy/quality sphynx kittens. All good breeders provide contracts which protect you and the cats welfare both and are happy to discuss with you the progress of the cat for years to come.
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