Why should I adopt a Sphynx kitten from you?
I became involved in the breed over 13 years ago and was an avid volunteer in certified pet therapy work. My first two pet sphynx were diagnosed wth HCM before the age of one year, and the devastation I felt was overwhelming. I have been directly in the position of a pet owner losing their Sphynx to heart disease and vowed I would do everything in my capabilties to improve the Sphynx breed health ad vigor. I strive to be a part of that moment in which the Sphynx is no longer so heavily afflicted by Cardiomyopathy. I am very transparent in my breeding program, health of my animals and the kittens I produce, as well as my personal goals as a breeder. I perform Respiratory and Fecal PCRs on my cats every few months to ensure I do not circulate any viral, or otherwise contagious pathogens. I strive for health above all, with emphasis on phenotypical conformation and disposition since Therapy work is still something dear to my heart. I am always available to answer any questions or concerns, and maintain close contact with all of my pet buyers over the years. I never get tired of seeing updated photographs of my grandKits, or being so fortunate as to being able to visit some of them in person. My home is always open for visits, I am very proud of the environment my cats and kittens are raised in. My sphynx all live as pets, occupying the couch and bed as much as my heart; as they should.
Why did you decide to breed Sphynx?
I have always been enthralled by this incredible breed, and my first two pet sphynx changed my world. Both were diagnosed with HCM, and unfortunately succombed to the disease. They are my motivation and the cause of my passion for this breed and it's genetic health, every breeding decision I make is in their honor. I am all too familiar with the pain of losing one of these exceptional companions and strive to reduce the prevalence of HCM in this breed. I cannot describe how overwhelmingly beautiful it is to be able to provide families with unconditional love from one of my kittens. It is extremely rewarding to me.
Do you offer shipping?
I have never and will never ship one of my kittens. It is far too dangerous and stressful for a new baby. It is always preferable for a potential kitten buyer to visit my home. I am very proud of my cattery and the loving and clean environment my cats and kittens are raised in. If picking up your kitten personally is not feasible, I can deliver the kitten as carry - on for cost of air fare and a small compensation for time. This way, we have the opportunity to meet, and I am able to ensure the well being and arrival of your new baby.
Will my kitten come with a health guarantee?
Yes. I offer a 3 year health gaurantee against congenital defects. Please refer to my Adoption Contract for a more complete explanation of my guarantee policy. I also offer a lifetime genetic HCM guarantee provided the kitten is scanned every year by a board certified cardiologist and the scan is shared with me within 72 hours.
What comes with the purchase of my kitten?
All kittens will come with the following:
-Blanket with mother's scent for an easier transition
-Several favorite toys
-2.5 lbs of the kitten's Raw food diet, which they have been eating since 21 days of age
-Kitten will have recieved all appropriate vaccinations and deworming as well as a clear fecal exam
-Health Certificate from my Veterinarian
-Kitten will be spayed/neutered and microchipped with pre-op blood work and glucose testing
-Kitten will have seen a Veterinarian atleast 5 times for checkups
-A donation to hcm research in your kitten's name in the amount of 50$
-3 year genetic health guarantee
-Optional lifetime HCM guarantee
-My commitment to sharing all pertinent HCM scans from related cats throughout the life of your kitten
-Lifelong help and support, I am available to you for any help, any questions, any advice and concerns at any time. Don't be shy!
Do you show your Sphynx?
I am a strong believer in the importance and benefit of showing for a breeding program. I actively show in TICA in the Mid Pacific Region, and do travel out of state for shows as well.
What is the cost of a show/pet sphynx kitten?
I offer my pet and show quality kittens for $1650 - $1850. I do not charge more for specific skin colors or eye colors (including odd-eyed) as neither are relevant to the Sphynx standard. $50 of the adoption fee is donated to HCM research in the Kitten's name.
Do you spay/neuter kittens before they leave?
Yes, all kittens of Scantily Clad Sphynx Cattery are spayed or neutered prior to leaving. The operation is included in the adoption fee. This way, I have the ease of mind that the surgery is being performed by my trusted Vet, with the aftercare handled by myself, and the Buyer avoids the stress of any complications that may arise. Early spay/neuter is proven to aid in the recovery process. Please visit my Links page for an article discussing the pros and cons of early spay/neuter.
Do you have a waiting list and do you accept deposits?
I do have a waiting list for my litters and I accept a $500 non refundable deposit to hold a kitten, once I have decided who will be staying here at Scantily Clad Cattery. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for an upcoming litter, feel free to email me.
What kind of support can I expect from you after I purchase a kitten?
Anyone who buys a kitten from me can be sure I will always be an email or a phone call away for any help or questions, or just to share a laugh about the funny antics of the Sphynx cat! I stand by all my kittens and consider all future homes an extension of my family. I do expect regular updates and photos in return! ;)
What is HCM and why is scanning for it important?
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a form of heart muscle disease where the muscular walls of the ventricles become abnormally thickened. The disease is showing itself to be genetic, and there lies the importance of annual scanning of breeding cats. Although it is possible a cat can develop HCM later on in life even if it has been previously scanning negative, it is still the best tool we have to try to eliminate this disease in Sphynx. HCM can sometimes progress very slowly and initial symptoms can be subtle and at times nonexistant. HCM can affect any cat and any breed (as well as domestics) and Scantily Clad Sphynx Cattery advices all potential buyers to educate themselves on HCM and routinely scan their cats every year and share that information with the HCM databases. For more information please visit my Links page.
Do you routinely scan for HCM?
Yes I do. I scan every 6 months with a board certified Cardiologist, and can email or fax said scans on request. Please do not be shy to ask for these scans as proof from any breeder. It is very important to buy a kitten from a reputable Breeder that is actively trying to improve the Sphynx health by routinely scanning prior to any breeding plans, and who alters ANY breeding Sphynx if they exhibit any heart anomaly in the scans.