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How to select a Sphynx kitten?
Wednesday 23 November 2011
The Sphynx cat is a medium sized, sine boned, muscular cat. Their most famous feature is that they are hairless cats with long faces and flat noses, very large round tipped ears and deep set almond shaped eyed. Despite the lack of hair, coat colour and pattern are visible in the Sphinx' downy coat and its underlying skin. Read the article below to learn on how to select a Sphynx kitten.
First of all, find a responsible breeder who will guarantee that your Sphynx is in good health. You should be prepared to pay from £250 for a pet-quality Sphynx. After finding the breeder of Sphynx cats, you should make a research about the breed and ask all the questions you want about the cats. The breeder should be eager to help you and should also be interested about you and the way you are going to take care of the kittens. The next step is to choose the kitten. For this, pick up and hold the kitten to check for good muscle tone. Make sure it's healthy, that it’s not sneezing or sniffling, that its eyes have no discharge and its ears are clean and pink inside. A Sphynx kitten's big ears will droop, but as it matures, the ears will stand up straight. Look at and feel the kitten's skin. Dry, flaky skin is easy to detect on these cats and can indicate illness. The kittens will be bald and wrinkled, but will develop a thin coat of downy fur as they get older, particularly around the tail, feet, muzzle and ears. Once you make sure your kitten is healthy, you should take your Sphynx to your own veterinarian right away to confirm its conditions.
Remember not to take home a Sphynx kitten that is younger than 12 weeks old. Read our code of ethics to make sure that all the buyers and sellers comply with animal welfare legislation.
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Text source: ehow; image source: dogsbreedinfo
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