sphynx adoption price questions

How much are your Sphynx kittens?

Our kittens are 1,650-2,200 .

Why are Sphynx cats expensive?

Most purebred, 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. If you end up with kittens that won’t nurse or need special attention, you can add sleepless nights and bottle feeding every 2 hours to the list. It is a huge commitment and responsibility to be a good breeder. If someone asked you ” how much is your time worth?” how would you respond? 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 King Tuts Naked Butts is more than worth it!

Are Sphynx cats hypoallergenic?

To answer that, we first have to understand what “hypoallergenic” means. Hypoallergenic, according to Wikipedia, means “below normal” or “slightly” allergenic. Dictionary.com says “designed to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response, as by containing relatively few or no potentially irritating substances”. So basically hypoallergenic means “less allergens”. Sphynx still have the protein in their saliva (just like any other cat) that cat allergy sufferers are allergic to. What seems to help is that Sphynx do not have hair to lick, so no hair traveling all over the house, in the air, on your clothes, furniture etc. Most people with cat allergies CAN tolerate Sphynx, as long as the cats are bathed regularly, their bedding is washed regularly and the allergy suffer remembers to wash their hands after handling the cat. Also make sure you use a low dust litter, like walnut or pine. Stay away from litter with lots of perfume and deodorant that will coat your kitty when digging in the litter box. 

Are Sphynx cats truly hairless?

Most are not. They are covered with a soft fuzz, like a peach. Their bodies feel like they are covered in suede.  Sphynx can have hair on the tip of their ears and sometimes on their toes too. There are some Sphynx that ARE completely hairless – they are referred to as a “sticky bald”. Our former queen Lagoona is completely hairless and actually feels “sticky”. Most people do not prefer the “sticky” cats – they can be somewhat awkward to pet! AraBella has slight light fur on the tips of her ears . And feel like a soft smooth peach .

Do you need to feed Sphynx a special diet?

That question is open to interpretation. There are many schools of thought on what is best to feed a Sphynx. Some breeders I have met feed exclusively raw food, referred to as the BARF diet. (You can google that to get more info.) Other breeders have special brands of food they are loyal to. I have tried many commercial foods on the market over the years and the one that has worked best for me has been mixing 2 parts IAMS with 1 part Royal . My Cattery has always done well with grain free food. You want to make sure the kibble has at least 35% protein or more. Too much protein can sometimes cause loose stool. Feeding too much canned food can also cause loose stool. The goal is to have a cat that has a good body tone (not too heavy, not too thin) and produces firm stool. For my Sphynx, I leave kibble out 24/7 for grazing and feed canned food twice  a day in the morning and evening . Sphynx have a high metabolism and will eat A LOT so they need to have food and fresh water out at all times. Not all Sphynx are the same, so you may have to try a couple types of food to find the one that works best for you kitty!

Why are the kittens spayed/neutered ?

If you are not planning to breed your cat, there is just no good reason to leave the cat intact (whole).  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?

At this time we do not . 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 “King tuts naked Butts ” 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.  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. Please do understand how much we love our kitties . 

Why do the kittens have to remain at the cattery so long?

Our kittens stay with us for a minimum of 12 weeks. This ensures that they are potty trained, weaned and sterilized before they go home. Kittens have to be at least 2.5 pounds before they can safely be spayed/neutered – they are normally about 9-10 weeks when this happens. They receive at least 2 vaccines for FVRCP to boost their immune systems before they leave. The remaining time after sterilization is spent recovering from the surgery and socializing with the family and other pets in the home. Smaller kittens may need to stay longer.

Do you ship internationally?

At this time we will only ship with in the U.S

Do you have a waiting list?

I maintain an email list of potential clients that wish to be notified when kittens are born.  If you wish to be notified you can contact us .

Do male or female cats make better pets?

I am asked this all the time. The simple answer – both make great pets! As long as kittens are sterilized before 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! I’m sure you can add to this list as well. Sphynx are great!

Don't they get cold?

Well, of course, if it is too cold for you it will be too cold for a hairless cat too. However, these cats are smart enough to find a warm person, dog or cat to curl up with. Our cat’s favorite place to sleep is under our bed covers. A general rule of thumb is to consider your comfort level. If you were bundled up in a blanket, a Sphynx would probably appreciate the same treatment. You can also find heated pet beds, which most Sphynx love.

I have allergies.
Will I be able to live with a Sphynx?

Although many people with allergies are able to tolerate a Sphynx and live with them with little to no reaction at all, some still react to them just as they would as a coated cat. It really depends on the individual and the severity of their allergies, what they are actually allergic to, and how far they are willing to go to be able to live with a cat. Sometimes a visit to a Sphynx breeder for a "cuddle test" can give you the answers that you’re looking for.

Why do Sphynx need a bath?

Sphynx must be bathed regularly because they do not have hair to absorb the natural oils in their skin. Most breeders accustom their kittens to a bath from an early age, so once you get your kitten, bathing is a simple process.

How do you bathe a Sphynx?

There are many ways to bath a Sphynx from wiping them down with a damp washcloth to soaping them up in the bathtub. If bathing in the tub, keep one hand on the cat at all times, this helps steady him and will also provide reassurance. With the free had pour water over the Sphynx back. Lather the cat and pay close attention to the underarm areas and between the toes. When you feel you thoroughly cleaned the cat’s body, rinse then wrap it in a warm towel, my cats love towels right out of the dryer. A perfect time to clean the ears and clip the nails is while they are still wrapped in the towel. These keeps them calm and gives them time to thoroughly dry so they don’t catch a chill. You will also want to clean the waxy buildup of the claw sheaths. Baby wipes work great.

Other resourceful links
http://sphynxcat.s3.amazonaws.com/SphynxCats.pdf
http://cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsSthruT/Sphynx.aspx
http://tica.org/cat-breeds/item/285