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  • Are Sphynx cats hypoallergenic?
    While no cat can be entirely hypoallergenic, Sphynx cats are less likely to trigger allergies due to their lack of fur. However, they can still produce dander and saliva, which may affect some allergy sufferers. It's best to consult with a healthcare provider for allergy testing to determine your specific triggers. Read Debunking Myths: Are Sphynx Cats Truly Hypoallergenic
  • What is a Sphynx Cat?
    A Sphynx is a breed of domestic cat known for its lack of fur. They are friendly, energetic, and love human interaction. Expect your Sphynx to be your cuddle companion, often seeking warmth and affection. Learn more: What is a Sphynx Cat?
  • What is a Sphynx Cat's Lifespan?
    Sphynx cats typically live between 12 to 15 years, with some reaching up to 20 years with proper care. Their lifespan can be influenced by factors such as genetics, environment, diet, and regular health care. By understanding these factors, you can help ensure your Sphynx cat lives a long and fulfilling life. Read about Maximizing Your Sphynx Cat's Lifespan
  • What is the history of Sphynx cats?
    The modern history of the Sphynx cat began in 1966 in Canada with the birth of a hairless kitten named Prune. Prune's unique appearance caught the attention of breeders, who began working to establish a stable breed through careful breeding programs. Prune is often credited as the foundation cat of the Sphynx breed. Read more: History of Sphynx Cats
  • Where is Purradox Sphynxery located?
    We are based in Nashville, GA. We operate by appointment only and thoroughly screen applicants to ensure our kittens find the best homes. If you are interested in one of our kittens, submit a kitten application.
  • What sets Purradox Sphynxery apart from other breeders?
    With 13 years of experience in running a 501c3 nonprofit cat rescue, we prioritize animal welfare. Our vast knowledge of feline care and breeding ensures that our Sphynx, Elf, Bambino, and Dwelf cats are healthy and well-socialized. We offer lifetime support to our adopters and encourage updates on our cats' lives. Learn more about our breeds.
  • What is the price range for Sphynx kittens at Purradox Sphynxery?
    Prices for our Sphynx kittens typically range from $2,500 to $4,000. This range reflects the kitten's color, pattern, and pedigree. All kittens come with a 2-year genetic health guarantee, up-to-date vaccinations, spay/neuter, and a comprehensive health record. Sphynx: $2500 - $2700 Elf: $2500 - $2700 Bambino: $2700 - $3000 Dwelf: $2700 - $3000 Blue Eye/Odd Eye: $3500 - $4000 View our available kittens.
  • What colors and patterns do Sphynx cats come in?
    Sphynx cats come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Some of the common colors include: Solid: Black, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, and white. Tabby: Stripes, spots, or swirls in various colors. Tortoiseshell: A mix of two colors, typically black and red or their diluted forms (blue and cream). Calico: Tortoiseshell plus white. Bi-color: Combinations of white with any other color. Pointed: Similar to Siamese cats, with darker colors on the ears, face, paws, and tail. Mink: A softer, more blended version of the pointed pattern with a lighter body and darker extremities. Sepia: A darker version of the mink pattern, with a rich, warm coloration throughout. Read more about Sphynx Cat Colors and Coat Patterns.
  • Why are Sphynx kittens priced so high?
    Sphynx cats require special breeding practices, health screenings, and care. The costs associated with ethical breeding, including genetic testing and HCM screening, vaccinations, spay/neuter procedures, and maintaining a healthy environment, contribute to the overall pricing. Additionally, their unique appearance and affectionate nature make them a highly sought-after breed. Read more about Why Are Sphynx Kitten Prices So High?
  • Are there any additional costs I should be aware of?
    While the initial purchase price covers many aspects, there are ongoing costs for care, including: High-quality food. Regular veterinary check-ups. Yearly HCM scans. Bi-yearly dental cleanings. Grooming supplies. Toys and enrichment. Clothing for warmth. Investing in a Sphynx cat means committing to their lifelong care and well-being, ensuring they thrive in their new home. Read about the Cost of Owning a Sphynx Cat.
  • What are the differences between Sphynx, Elf, Bambino, and Dwelf cats?
    All four breeds are unique types of hairless cats, but they each have distinct characteristics: Sphynx: The Sphynx is the most well-known hairless breed, characterized by its wrinkled skin, large ears, and a friendly, affectionate personality. They are very social and love being the center of attention. Elf: Elf cats are a hybrid breed that combines the Sphynx's hairless trait with curled ears, similar to those of the American Curl. They are playful, curious, and very loyal to their families. Bambino: Bambino cats are a mix between the Sphynx and the Munchkin, resulting in a hairless cat with short legs. Despite their short stature, they are energetic, playful, and affectionate. Dwelf: Dwelf cats are a combination of the Sphynx, Munchkin, and American Curl, leading to a hairless cat with short legs and curled ears. They are known for their friendly, outgoing nature and make excellent companions. Each breed has its own special traits, but they all share the need for regular skin care, a loving home, and plenty of attention. Read more about the Hairless Breeds of Purradox Sphynxery.
  • What is the process for adopting a kitten from Purradox Sphynxery?
    The process includes: Initial inquiry application. Personal interview to assess suitability. Select a kitten. Non-refundable deposit to reserve your kitten. Completed adoption contract/agreement. Pick-up when the kitten is ready. We provide a kitten care package, including a sample bag of food, probiotics, a handmade outfit, and health records. Do you offer any health guarantees? Yes, all our kittens come with a 2-year genetic health guarantee, up-to-date vaccinations, spay/neuter, and a comprehensive health record.
  • Are there any common health issues in Sphynx cats?
    Sphynx cats are generally healthy but can be prone to heart issues like HCM. We screen our breeding cats yearly for HCM and recommend annual cardiac screenings for all Sphynx cats.
  • How do I take care of my Sphynx's skin?
    Occasionally wipe down with a mild, cat-safe shampoo and a warm, wet cloth. Our breeding cats have excellent skin quality.
  • How often should I schedule vet check-ups?
    Several wellness visits may be needed in the first year. Once they reach adulthood, annual wellness exams are recommended.
  • Is it necessary to keep my Sphynx cat indoors?
    Yes, all cats, especially Sphynx, should be kept indoors to protect them from harmful external factors. A screened porch or catio is a safe way for them to enjoy the outdoors.
  • What should I know about the HCM gene in Sphynx cats?
    The MYBPC3 gene mutation is only one gene associated with HCM. Genetic testing can identify if a cat carries this mutation, but regular cardiac screenings by a certified veterinary cardiologist are essential for early detection and management. The Science is not there yet to identify all HCM genes and HCMDNA testing is not 100% reliable.
  • If the parents are tested for HCM, does it guarantee the kitten will not get HCM?
    No, HCM screening in parents does not guarantee that a kitten will never develop HCM.
  • How can I mitigate the risks of HCM in my Sphynx?
    Signs include bad breath, difficulty eating, drooling, or pawing at the mouth. Regular brushing, dental treats, and annual check-ups are important.
  • How important is dental care for Sphynx cats?
    Sphynx cats are prone to dental issues due to the same gene causing hairlessness affecting their teeth. Regular dental care and vet check-ups are essential.
  • How can I perform at-home dental care for my Sphynx?
    At-home dental care includes brushing their teeth, providing dental chews, and inspecting their mouth regularly.
  • What initial supplies do I need for my new Sphynx kitten?
    Before bringing your kitten home, you will need: Litter box. Our kittens are trained to the Litter Robot with Tidy Cats Litter. Food and water bowls. (Stainless Steel is BEST.) High-quality kitten food (We feed Hill's Science Diet Kitten Dry and Wet). Cat Tree and Scratching post or pad. (Vertical and Horizontal versions.) Toys. Cat carrier. Heated cat bed and furry blanket. Stainless steel water fountain. Nutrical vitamin supplement and probiotics.
  • What is the feeding regimen for a young Sphynx kitten?
    Feed your kitten high-quality dry kitten formula (Hills Science Diet Kitten) available at all times and supplement with quality wet food. Ensure your kitten has healthy stools and is eating well. Use Fortiflora probiotic for digestive support.
  • How can I ensure my Sphynx kitten gets proper socialization?
    Introduce your kitten to different people, environments, and pets in controlled conditions. Isolate your kitten for the first 14 days at home to reduce stress and gradually introduce them to the rest of the house and other pets.
  • Do Sphynx kittens require any specific grooming?
    Wipe down your Sphynx with warmed wet wipes or a soapy microfiber cloth and clean their ears weekly. Administer full baths only when necessary (really dirty). Sphynx do a good job of bathing themselves just as other cats do. Over bathing can cause excessive oil production.
  • How can I contact Purradox Sphynxery for more information?
    You can email us at ashleylong@purradoxsphynxery.com or text us at 229-280-4445. We recommend email or text as we prioritize caring for our cats and kittens. Once the adoption process starts, we are happy to schedule a video chat and provide weekly pictures/videos of your kitten.
  • How do Sphynx Cats regulate their body temperature?
    Keep Them Warm: Due to lack of fur, Sphynx cats are sensitive to temperature changes. Keep your home at a comfortable temperature and consider providing a heated bed. Sphynx benefit from access to a warm blanket at all times and some owners choose to using pet clothing in the winter. Sun Protection: These cats are prone to sunburn. Limit their exposure to direct sunlight and consider applying pet-safe sunscreen. View our shop for handmade clothes for you Sphynx. Made just for them by Ashley.
  • What are Sphynx Cat's Skin Care Needs?
    Cleanliness: Due to the absence of fur, Sphynx cats produce oils that are not absorbed by hair, leading to oily skin. Cleansing with a mild soap and warm, wet microfiber cloth is the primary method recommended. Occasional baths may be needed, but only if your sphynx is very dirty. Use Hypoallergenic Soap: Opt for hypoallergenic, fragrance-free soap to prevent skin irritation. Dry Thoroughly: Make sure to dry your Sphynx completely after each bath to prevent fungal infections Provide a heated bed for your sphynx after cleansing. Keeping them warm is very important so they do not become ill. Nail Trimming: Keeping your Sphynx nails trimmed once a month is recommended. This will help prevent furniture scratching and scratches on your skin. Some cats tolerate nail caps and others just chew them off. Declawing is never recommended for your Sphynx. It is against our adoption policy and we consider it inhumane. If having claws is an issue for you, there are other types of pets you can own.
  • What are the Nutritional Needs of Sphynx Cats?
    High-Quality Food: Sphynx cats have a fast metabolism and require more food than other breeds. High-quality wet food rich in protein is often recommended. Feeding Schedule: Due to their high metabolism, many Sphynx cats benefit from free feeding opposed to scheduled feeds. Avoid Human Food: Stick to cat-specific food and avoid feeding them human food to prevent digestive issues. Never give cats cow's milk.
  • How do you entertain a Sphynx Cat?
    Interactive Toys: Sphynx cats are highly energetic and playful. Invest in interactive toys that challenge their minds. Regular Exercise: Ensure your cat gets plenty of physical activity to maintain a healthy weight and muscle tone. The One Fast Cat Wheel is a good recommendation for indoor cats, especially kittens. It gives them a place to run their zoomies and release excess energy. Safe Exploration: If you let your Sphynx outside, make sure it is in a secure and safe environment, preferably supervised. Catios and screened in porches are great ways to give your cat access to sunlight and fresh air safely. Some owners choose to walk their cats on a leash and harness. Be very careful doing this, as cats are very agile. They can slip out of a harness and potentially be lost. I would proceed with caution anytime you use a pet harness and make sure it is functioning properly indoors before trusting it outdoors.
  • What Routine Health Checkups are required for Sphynx Cats?
    Routine Vet Visits: Schedule annual check-ups with a veterinarian familiar with the Sphynx breed. Not all vets are cat people and this is certainly reflective in their knowledge of cat health. Vaccinations: Keep up to date on vaccinations, deworming, and heart protection. Oral Health: Sphynx cats are prone to dental issues. Dental cleanings are recommended. Yearly HCM scans by a certified Veterinary Cardiologist.
  • How do I socialize and bond with my Sphynx Cat?
    Quality Time: Sphynx cats are social animals that crave human interaction. Spend quality time with your pet to satisfy their social needs. Sphynx cats benefit from having another animal companion, whether it be another cat or dog they can cuddle with. Safe Introductions: If you have other pets, introduce them slowly and under supervision.
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