Known once as the "Canadian Hairless". The Sphynx breed is one of the friendliest felines dating back to the 1960's originating in Ontario Canada. My name is Susan and I pride myself with being one of the first true Canadian Sphynx Catteries in Canada.
My cattery serves all of North America. We ship throughout the United States and Canada. Since we are a border city, if you live within the United States, we will ship out of Detroit Michigan. All the paperwork for taking the cat across the border is done by us at no additional cost.
Before you purchase a kitten, make sure you have an ethical breeder. Please click on thumbnail to view our ethics page. It is so important for the future health of your kitten.
Sphynx cats are rare and although we do not take long waiting lists, our kittens find homes very fast. Pricing for our Sphynx cats depends upon type, markings and bloodlines. Usually, we make our kittens available between 12 and 16 weeks of age. After 12 weeks, our kittens have had their inoculations, are litter trained and have developed the physical and social stability needed for a new environment. At 12 weeks they have also developed their personality and social skills and their immune system has had time to mature. All of our kittens are spayed/neutered before going to their new homes.
I am asked frequently what are the fees associated with adopting a Sphynx cat or kitten. Unlike many breeders, I do not have hidden costs. The price you are quoted is a complete price, with the exception of carrier and shipping which will vary depending on your location and type of transportation required.
This includes all vaccinations, spay/neuter, health certificate and contract. I will replace any kitten that expires due to genetic related illness 12 months from date of birth. I am also available to answer any questions, regardless of how long you have had your kitten.
Keeping such a rare treasure indoors, neutering or spaying and providing acceptable surfaces (e.g. scratching posts) for the natural behavior of scratching are essential elements for maintaining the long, healthy and joyful life of your Sphynx cat.
Our kittens range in price depending on the kitten. All of our prices include the following:
complete vaccinations for their age
congenital health guarantee
HCM guarantee to extend 3 years. (Please click on the hyperlink to read about Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in the Sphynx community)
support for the rest of your cat's life.
We test regularly for HCM.
HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy)
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is an autosomal dominant genetically inherited disease of the myocardium (heart muscle). It remains the most prevalent heart disease in ALL domestic cats and is not subject to a single breed, although several breeds are presenting with a higher prevalence, including Sphynx. It is recognizable as a thickening of the left ventricle (the left chamber) of the heart. HCM is often asymptomatic until it results in sudden cardiac death, thus making echocardiograph (ECG / EKG) screening invaluable. HCM can develop at any time between the ages of 1 and 8 years old, so although screening is vital, it is not a guarantee against a Sphynx ever developing the disease. The life expectancy of a Sphynx diagnosed with HCM varies from case to case, and typically with early detection and the use of medication a Sphynx can continue to live several years without complications. Such complications we see with HCM include blood-clotting, pulmonary edema, and ultimately congestive heart failure and death. It is crucial to the continuation and improvement of the Sphynx breed to have ethical breeders being proactive in detecting the disease in their breeding animals and removing affected or suspect Sphynx from their respective programs.
Any additional tools we have in the detection of this disease will be of great benefit to the Sphynx breed, and here is where Dr. Kate Meurs of North Carolina State comes in. Dr. Meurs is conducting research into identifying a Sphynx specific genetic marker for HCM. It is important to keep in mind that although a genetic test for a particular mutation would be blessing for the Sphynx, we must assume there are several other genetic mutations for HCM which are yet unidentified, making the continuation of Dr. Meurs current research as well as any future research crucial. For instance, there are over 130 known mutations for HCM in human beings. Without question a genetic test coupled with the use of yearly echocardiograph screening will inevitably lower the prevalence of HCM in the Sphynx breed. Dr. Meurs research has proven to be very beneficial in the detection of HCM in the Maine Coon, and I believe I can speak for the Sphynx community as a whole when I say we are very grateful to Dr. Meurs for her interest and determination in helping
WHAT IS FIP?
My adult cats are tested periodically for the corona virus in the hopes of keeping FIP at an absolute minimum. The article below is informative and will explain this terrible disease. FIP is not considered a
congenital issue but rather a virus.
A Winn Feline Foundation Health Article On ...
Feline Infectious Peritonitis
One of the most poorly understood and enigmatic feline viruses is the feline coronavirus - the virus responsible for feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). It is no exaggeration to say that this is one of the most feared diseases in catteries. Many catteries that remain operative for several years will have a brush with FIP. Despite the fact that this disease is a shared experience in the cat fancy, affected catteries are wrongly feared and ostracized. All breeders need to make efforts to understand this disease and how to control it.
While the first description of feline infectious peritonitis was reported by Dr. Jean Holzworth in 1963, there are reports of clinical cases that are likely FIP going back to1914. Even though we have known about this virus for a long time, we know frustratingly little about it. However, much new research has been done in the past 5 years that is slowly shedding more light on this ever-present feline health problem. This article is designed to present some of the newer information and change some of the older ideas still found in print and other media.
Feline coronavirus operates differently from any other feline virus in several important ways: a) systemic antibodies have no protective function for the cat and may play a role in the disease FIP itself b) antibody titres are meaningless for diagnosis of FIP or prognosis c) a vaccine is available, but there is no consensus on its efficacy or safety
First, some notes on terminology.
FIP is the term for clinical disease associated with feline coronavirus infection.
The common benign form of feline coronavirus is referred to as FECV (feline enteric coronavirus).
When FECV has mutated into a disease-causing form, it is then referred to as FIPV (feline infectious peritonitis virus).
Feline coronaviruses in general are referred to as FCoV.