The decision to adopt a hairless cat or any pet is a big commitment and one that deserves a lot of time and research. It is a large financial investment and, as the cat will be with you for a long time, you want to make sure that you don’t rush into anything.
Make sure that you have a clear understanding of whether you want to breed or not from your Sphynx cat. Different cats will have different breeding rights and it is vital that you understand these when you come to purchase hairless cat so that you are not disappointed latter. Speak to the breeder about the cats pedigree, show quality, neutering and whether you will be permitted to breed from the cat.
Where to find hairless cats and their breeder?
Once you have decided to make hairless cat a part of your life, the next step is to find a reputable and responsible breeder. As with most things these days, the internet has made this process really simple.
- You can simply log on and do a Google search for a breeder in your local area. It couldn’t be easier!
- There are also many other online resources that can help you to find a good hairless cat breeder and learn more about this wonderful breed of cat. There are breed profiles online which outline the characteristics of the breed, there is the cat association website and many other Sphynx owners forums full of practical tips and advice. You could also visit cat shows to see the showing process and learn from the stall holders who advertise their services at these events.
- There are also cat magazines which contain valuable information and a listing of breeders. You can also meet experienced contacts at cat shows who will be able to share their experiences and recommend breeders. The breeders usually attend the cat shows themselves with cats from their cattery so you will be able to meet the hairless cats directly and get an idea of their appearance and health.
- It is possible to find a hairless cat in a rescue home, and this is an admirable thing to do as you may be saving its life. However, due to the rareness and value of this breed it is actually quite unlikely that there will be many (if any) available to be rescued. This means that you will have to go about finding a responsible and trust-worthy breeder.
This can be a difficult process, but there are some things that you use to guide your search. Some of the criteria that you can use when selecting your breeder is outlined below as a guide.
What is the first thing to look for in a sphynx cat breeder
The main thing to look for in a breeder is whether or not they have a genuine passion for hairless cat breed.
Many people have got into breeding animals because they are completely enraptured with the particular animal and they want to make it a business rather than just a hobby. These people who have the passion for the breed will generally treat the animals the best and put the most effort into doing an exceptional job. They will also be keen to ensure that you have the best information possible to make your decision to buy and live with a hairless cat a happy and fulfilling experience.
How to judge whether a sphynx cat breeder is sufficiently passionate?
This is a bit of a subjective issue. You will generally get a feel for their level of enthusiasm and care by the language and tones that they use on their business website or when you are talking to them directly. It is also a very good idea to speak to other Sphynx owners (either through online forums or in person at cat shows) to learn about their experiences in dealing with particular dealers. Many times it is simply a “feeling” that you get about someone and whether you believe them to be a responsible and caring cat owner and breeder.
If you want a pedigree Sphynx cat that you can take to cat shows and potentially breed from yourself, then you will need to go to a professional breeder. The amount of kittens that each breeder will have available to sell will depend on the size of the litters, the number of breeding female cats that they have, and the overall size of their operations. Some breeders have achieved a well deserved reputation for breeding cats that consistently win prizes at cat shows. Catteries owned and operated by these award-winning specialists are a good place to start if you are looking for a high-quality pedigree kitten.
How to find the right sphynx cat breeder?
Depending on where you live, you may need to travel a long distance to find a bald cat, or even arrange for it to be imported or transported from somewhere within your own country. If there are no breeders in your local area, then you can usually get a lot of information from a reputable breeder’s website. Check to see if the website has a Photo Gallery section as this is where you will see pictures of all their previous kittens.
If you find that a breeder that you have heard of doesn’t have a website, then it may mean that they are either a small or new operation, or they are not running a reputable business. You will need to do further research to establish whether or not they can be trusted.
The breeder’s websites will usually contain important information such as when a litter is expected, the date that they are born, and then the date that they will be available to be purchased. This can help you to plan when you will be able to bring your Sphynx home. For the higher quality pedigree kittens, the litters often sell out as soon as they are born so it is a very good idea to make contact with the breeder as soon as possible to ensure that you don’t miss out.
Once you have chosen Sphynx kitten that you want to buy, you then need to contact the breeder so that you can make the necessary arrangements.