FAQ

Why are Sphynx cats expensive?

Most purebred or rare animals are sold at a premium price. Sphynx are no exception. There are many factors to consider when naming your price as a breeder that would not occur to potential clients. Factors include the price of premium cat food (Queens eat more when pregnant and nursing), litter (LOTS of it!!) and top of the line veterinary care: preventative care, treating illness, vaccinations, sterilizations for the kittens, etc. Adult breeders have to be tested yearly by a board certified veterinary cardiologist to ensure their hearts are healthy enough to breed and rule out HCM. Being a good, caring and responsible breeder takes time and effort. That means no time off when you have kittens in the house! And that is if things goes well….. if you end up with kittens that won’t nurse or need special attention, you can add sleepless nights and bottle feeding every 3 hours to the list. It is a huge commitment and responsibility to be a good breeder. The price may seem high to those that do not think of all that goes into producing healthy, well socialized kittens. But I guarantee the love and care your kitten is shown during the first 3 months of it’s life here at Naked Treasures is more than worth it!

Why are the kittens spayed/neutered before they leave the cattery?

If you are not planning to breed your cat, there is just no good reason to leave the cat intact. Our veterinarian takes great care of our kittens during the sterilization surgery and provides them with pain medication afterwards. By the time your kitten comes home, the whole process is a distant memory and they are all healed! Trust me – it works better this way! Females call (excessive meowing and screaming) during their heat cycle and, during the summer months, can go in and out of heat every other week. They are miserable and restless. They will also mark their territory if another intact male or female is nearby. It is not healthy for them to constantly cycle; they can develop pyometra and other reproductive complications. Males will spray their environment if not neutered. Their urine also has a stronger smell if left intact and they can become aggressive if a female in heat is nearby – even a neighbor cat a few houses away.

Do you sell kittens intact with breeding rights?

RARELY!! It takes a lot of trust to sell a breeding cat to someone for a number of reasons. First off, anything that cat does will carry the “Naked Treasures” name and will reflect on my cattery, positively or negatively. There are good health practices (such as the HCM scanning, blood panels, PCR testing) that might not be important to another breeder wishing to cut corners. I have no control how often the new owner will breed their new cat or if they will sell breeders to inexperienced new owners from their cat without proper screening and counsel. If you really want to get into Sphynx breeding, we can talk. But make sure you have done your homework first. This is not something you get into to make some quick, easy money or just so your kids can see a litter of kittens born to a family pet. Developing strong, healthy lines with friendly, good natured Sphynx takes years, not weeks, to achieve, and there are many ups and downs along the way.

Do male or female cats make better pets?

This is a VERY common question. The simple answer – both make great pets! As long as kittens are spayed/neutered prior to reaching sexual maturity, there really isn’t much difference between the sexes. Most people are under the impression that males spray no matter what you do. As long as you get them neutered as a kitten, they should not spray to mark territory. Females are just as friendly and affectionate as males. Males are just as playful and loving as females. I think it really depends how well the cats are socialized and what type of environment the kittens are raised in. To add a kitten to an existing family, I would recommend an opposite sex pairing. They seem to do the best. Adding a female to a home with an existing female can get kind of tricky. Males are generally (although not always) more accepting of a new kitten, regardless of sex. As long as everyone is sterilized!

Are Sphynx cats good with other pets?

Yes, they are great with other types of cats, cat-friendly dogs, and even bunnies! Kittens from Naked Treasures arrive at their new homes having socialized with the other Sphynx cats in our home as well as our boxer. 

Disclaimer

Every cat and kitten is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your cat or kitten. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.


*Information on this page was borrowed with permission from joyofsphynx.com*