The Answers You Need
HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?
Price varies, but as a ball park figure this can be $2500-$3500 for a kitten, including desexing, microchipping, health testing, health certificates, and minimum 2 F3 inactive vaccinations.
Kittens come with a kitten pack including toys, litter and tray, dry food, wet food sample, 6 weeks free insurance with Petcover (subject to availability).
At times retired breeding cats may be available, but are usually spoken for prior to retirement. Transport and travel crate arranged at buyers cost.
WHY DO YOU BREED SPHYNX?
We all love Sphynx, but as a breed, have a genetic issue namely HCM. If reputable breeders do not band together and starting working towards eradicating HCM from our lines through testing (by board certified cardiologist, annually) then we will cease to have this amazing breed at all in a very short space of time - possibly our lifetimes. We are all working towards sphynx without HCM the only way I\we can until ALL the responsible genes are discovered, in order that the joy of sphynx can continue and be shared for many years.
DO THEY FEEL THE COLD?
Yes, of course, as you would if you ran around naked.
WILL I HAVE TO PUT A COAT ON THEM IN WINTER?
No, they will find somewhere warm to sleep. We recommend a heat pad for use during winter if you live in a particularly cold area or do not allow them to sleep with you.
DO THEY LIKE TO BE PICKED UP?
Yes, they also love to ride on your shoulders.
WHAT IS THEIR NATURE LIKE?
Very happy and outgoing in most situations, boisterous and playful who crave human attention. They love to interact with family, other pets and visitors. They are very friendly and want to supervise you wherever you are. As a rule, they are very accepting.
DO THEY NEED SPECIAL FOOD?
No, any good quality food suits them but they eat a little more than most cats as they need to for energy and warmth.
DO THEY NEED ANY SPECIAL CARE?
Yes, they require regular bathing as the oil from their skin can make your bed linen oily. We use a tearless baby shampoo as well as different varieties of medicated shampoo. At the same time as bathing, clip their nails and clean their ears and wipe their eyes.
HOW OLD ARE THEY WHEN THEY LEAVE FOR THEIR NEW HOMES?
No younger than 12 weeks, and this can be older if they are taking longer flights to their new homes.
DO I HAVE TO GET THEM DESEXED?
No, this will be done prior to them leaving us. As per State/Territory regulations they may also have a tattoo in their ears to show that they are desexed, and where possible we apply for an exemption where the kittens are sold for showing.
WHAT COLOURS DO THEY COME IN?
Every colour that any other cat comes in.
ARE THEY VACCINATED?
At the time of going to their new homes they are current with their vaccinations and microchipped.
ARE SPHYNX HYPOALLERGENIC CATS?
It is a common misconception that sphynx are hypoallergenic due to their lack of hair. It depends on whether a persons allergy relates to cat hair or cat saliva. If allergic to saliva, then the same reaction will probably happen with a sphynx.
ARE SPHYNX TOTALLY BALD?
Sphynx are not totally hairless, and usually have a peach fuzz all over with with hair on their ears and at the bridge of the nose. Some have hair on the end of their tails as well. If you would like a copy of the breed standard, please contact us.
WHAT IF I HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
You will be provided with a Kitten Pack when you purchase a kitten, which includes kitten information, pedigree, photo's, vet documents, details on feeding, handy hints and a small shopping list. You can contact us at any time if you have any other questions.
HOW DO I ORDER A KITTEN?
Please contact the breeder of your choice to verify whether they hold a waiting list - some don't. Please remember that at times we do have commitments to other breeders and also previous kitten buyers.
All Sphynx Australia breeders give their breeding cats a lengthy breeding break each year - they are primarily our own pets.