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Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Sphinx Cat

Its face looks like a brain! More pictures here of the weird looking Sphinx breed of cats.


Comments

Debster

Looks more like a shar pei dog to me.

gabrielle

it looks like a puppy pug with alot of extera skin.

connie graves

I think the sphinx cat should not be bred anymore ,that is just a shame to do things like that to any living thing,they will freeze if they get outside or sunburn ,it is no way for anything to live

Jono Hilton

You realy dont understand how loving spynx cats are or they are mainly the pets of succesful people with the need for somthing to care for. they lead very happy lives and are always cuddly. the drawback to the breed is that while they are cute and inqusitive they need bathing weekly and there ears cleaned. so yes they are a needy cat not an ugly cat just a little diferent bit like a 4yo running around sceaming love me.

Bronwen

Special breeding of all animals is cruel.
I read a column about a sphinx cat that was constipated, the owner took the animal to the vet and discovered the poor little thing was born without a bum hole.
All these special bred animals almost
always have weak hearts, kidney failure, etc.
Its actually very sad.

Jarrett

I have heard several people speaking about how the "special breeding" of sphynx cats is wrong, and how they cannot live a normal life. We have sphynx cats and let me assure you they are as healty as any other breed. As far as tolerance of weather. Our adult male goes outside regularly (on a leash) and has a particular fondness for snow. These cats were also not "engineered." They are a natural genetic aberation that occured naturally among normal haired cats. The first "hairless" cat was actually born in Canada, and lived into it's 20's as an outdoor animal (specifically as a barn cat). Please understand the history and genetics of these animals before making statments based on speculation instead of fact.

Kelly

Jarrett is absolutely right. The breeding of Sphinxes isn't cruel at all--they're actually generally very healthy. I had a friend who had one--and she was the most lovable, social cat I've ever met! She loved to cuddle people, cats, dogs...she felt like a big, warm fuzzy peach. She also adored her weekly baths. Don't run off with the idea that there are people who breed unhealthy Sphinxes like at a puppy mill. In fact, they're quite uncommon, and the breeders, the ones I've seen, are extremely responsible. I plan to have one in the future-they're exceptional pets.

HBPattskyn

Ok, first comment, if any animal had been born without a bum hole, it wouldnl't have lived long enough to be adopted. Kittens start eliminating solid waste as soon as they are born, so unless you're talking about a new born kitten, that whole story smacks of 'urban ledgend' to me.

Secondly, I don't own a hairless cat, but I am the proud and happy pet mommy of a hairless dog. No, he doesn't like the cold, and yes he does still have to go outside to do his business (something a hairless cat would never have to worry about!) But he is happy and healthy and very much. He has several sweaters for winter travel and he sleeps under the blankets with us at night. Like the sphinx cat, he also needs a weekly bath. However, a hairless dog was the only kind of dog we could get, becuase my husband is desperately allergic to dog hair and to me the family just isn't quite complete without a dog in the house. Honestly, I wish I had known about hairless breeds sooner - I love having a house free of dog hair and I love the breed in general (some are born with full coats although they're short haired dogs.) Unlike the sphinx, the xolo wasn't bred specially, it's one of the older breeds of dog, but just as the above poster mentioned, most breeders of dogs or cats are VERY responsible people. Puppies and kittens coming from breeders are generally very healthy (especially compared to dogs/cats coming as "free to good home" or pet store animals which are often the end product of puppy and kitten mills.) All of the breeders I spoke with wanted to make sure I knew what I was getting into before adopting a hairless pet. I would think that most people seeking out something so special would know ahead of time what they were getting into, but if not, the breeders are sure to help them along.

Breeders are themselves an amazing breed of human - it takes a special person to take on the responsibility of becoming a breeder. They are looking for ways to improve the breed as a whole, improve the health of future generations of animals and they clearly love their animals and want to see them going to good homes, whether the new owners will be showing, or like me, just looking for a family pet to meet a special need. There is nothing cruel about what these people do and I can assure you that most people who get into breeding for the wrong reasons doesn't last long because it's just too much work. My dog came from such a place. The lady clearly didn't realize how much work it was and was selling off her 'stock' as quickly as she could so she could get back to a 'normal' existance. This is also why responsible pet owners should spay and neuter. Puppies and kittens are a LOT of work (whether they have hair or not. In fact, pets are a lot of work, whether they have hair or not. A weekly bath isn't any more difficult than a daily brushing - it could be argued that it's less work.)

Bottom line: if YOU don't want the responsibility of a hairless animal, there are plenty of unwanted puppies and kittens available for adoption that don't require the special care of a hairless breed, but please take the time to educate yourself a little about the breed before jumping to (I'm sorry) some rather silly conclusions or deciding that the entire breed should be abolished.

Jennifer Lim

I am LOOKING for this cat for 2 months now..but there seems to be none in Edmonton, Canada...(getting frustrated)
I could buy in the states..but I am not willing to spend $2000 for it..besides I think the travelling distance is too far and too much risks involved so ...ANYONE in Canada hopefully thats close to Edmonton,Alberta...please email me if you have any CHEAP information for me..Thanks a bunch..I'm hoping it can be an early Christmas present to myself..Bye for now..
780-497-7777 or v1rg0@msn.com

OzSphynx

As a breeder of Sphynx I am always frustrated about people who do not educate themselves about the breed before making comment.

FACT 1 - Sphynx came for a natural mutatation.

FACT 2 - Yes Sphynx do feel extreme temperatures however, they only require a heat pad over winter (something every cat would love).

FACT 3 - Yes Sphynx do get sun burnt. However, every potential Sphynx owner is fully aware that they are an indoor cat. In Australia any person which owns a cat and lets its outdoors to prey on local wildlife is asking for trouble.

FACT 4 - The Sphynx is a healthy breed of cat which lives just as long as any other cat, it just needs a little extra work such as bathing once a week.

If you would like to get the true facts about the breed we have just co-authored a book titled "Sphynx the Australian Experience" and also have extensive information on our website http://www.ozsphynx.com

Angela Pike

I have always had a cat since I was 5 (45 years ago) I Love them all. But my Sphinx is the love of my life. He loves to hug, he rubs me with his face all the time and purrs very loud. I am Blessed to have him and he really makes me feel loved. Every night he makes sure I am "tucked in" goes and eats a bite of food then comes to join me, laying on my shoulder, under the covers and purring me to sleep. If you need a special love of your life, it is truly a sphinx.

David Alexander Morrison

Evrey body in my house hate spinx's except me there beutiful in there own way and if you werein egjict you would be boiling with that fur on and the egict's worshiped cats they saw it's beuity but why are some people blind to it just because it's different.....

Julia

I have a chinese crested. She isnt hairless but the rest of her family was. I did alot of reserch on the hairless ones and im sure some of it would go for hairless cats to. They need sunscreen if they go outside so they dont get burnt. They like wearing clothes in the winter to keep them warm. Yes it was caused by a genetic mutation nd not breeding. eliminating hairless cats/dogs/hamsters would be bad, they make such great pets.(yes there are hairless rats and hamsters too)

cynthoa

I have had my Sphinx cat for seven years and he is the love of our lives. He just became very ill and we are testing him for kidney problems. Is this typical for the Sphinx? Has anyone had this experience or know anything that might be helpful for me?
Thanks
Cynthia

Holly

No, kidney issues are not typical of the Sphynx breed. Health problems are not 'typical' of any breed, they are atypical and occur in many breeds. Please, please, please contact your breeder to let them know your cat has developed a health problem, they really do want to know these things and they may even be able to help. My cat had a kidney problem and it was traced back to a food issue. The small mindedness of many of the negative comments about the Sphynx breed and selective breeding of animals here shows the ignorance of those who made them.

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