$100 Sphynx Cats

I sometimes look at the search terms that bring people to the Sphynx Cat Blog. Someone very recently got here by searching for “$100 Sphynx Cats” and when i saw that my heart broke. They aren’t the only people that are looking for a cheap Sphynx cat either. I see “free hairless cat”, “cheap Sphynx kittens” and “Can I get a Sphynx Cat for under $200″ type searches all the time. It is is so sad that they end up on my blog because I talk about how much it costs to feed my 3 for a week or how expensive vets and medication bills are.

If you are reading this post because you want a cheap Sphynx kitten or cat then I have the following to say to you.

If you can’t afford the asking price of a reputable breeder then you aren’t going to be able to look after the Sphynx once you have it.

They eat more than normal cats = higher food bills

They require more heat that normal cats = higher power bills

They have grooming requirements = time and money

And although you can rescue a Sphynx cat (and I would love all the Sphynxes that need rescuing to always go to a loving and caring home) only experienced Sphynx owners should really take on the task of rescue. Many rescue Sphynxes come with pre-existing conditions (because they are often old) or have been living in less than ideal conditions that can cause mental and physical issues.

Buying from a reputable breeder at the full price should also mean you get a health guarantee included in your purchase contract. That protects you, the breeder and your cat.

I can’t think of anything more heart breaking than buying from a kitten mill only to see your little baby die because it was not bred properly.

Please, PLEASE, don’t buy a “cheap Sphynx cat” and let’s stamp out unscrupulous breeders.

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67 Responses to “$100 Sphynx Cats”

  1. Dracorubio says:

    At first when we heard the price of a sphinx kitten we were baffled at the price, but that soon became irrelevant because it’s the best spent money ever. The price of a sphinx isn’t because it’s a rare and desirable breed, it’s because they indeed need much care and that takes money. Our breeder didn’t grow rich on bing her sphinxes she just used the money to keep the sphinxes in good health and comfortable. I totally agree, if you find a cheap sphinx, just walk away, they’re probably bred for the purpose of sale or worse.

  2. Sphynx Forum says:

    What an important message you have today!

    I learned this lesson the hard way with my first sphynx, Harold. I bought him for $400. 5 months later, he was in the emergency room, diagnosed with HCM and in congestive heart failure. 3 months and $4000 after that, he was gone and my heart was broken. That is far more money than I would have spent on a healthy kitten from a reputable breeder, that would still be alive today.

    A good friend of mine says it best on her website: The reality of unforeseen, long term, vet expenses, will linger far longer than the temporary satisfaction of a “good deal”.

    ~Brooke

  3. Kay says:

    This whole issue of “let only experienced sphynx owners rescue sphynxes in need” is a seriously flawed way of thinking: how can one _get_ experience if the only people who are supposedly qualified to rescue are those who already have experience? A rescue fell into my lap (I’d been looking for a sphynx) and as a grad student, I was thrilled about the price ($300) because I can’t come up with that kind of money up front for non-emergencies. But when Balthazar needed an ultrasound for a heart murmur, I came up with that same amount. Please don’t assume automatically that people who can’t afford to pay breeder fees shouldn’t have a sphynx. Money doesn’t show competence.

    Allison Reply:

    Hi Kay
    As i said I love to see rescued Sphynxes go to loving homes, but most people who are looking for “cheap” aren’t looking for extra expense or health issues as well, and that is what they end up with; to the detriment of the cat.

    Breeders price highly not only because of the rarity of the breed, but to reduce access to people who will buy in haste and repent at cost of the health of the kitten.

    I’m glad that you and Balthazar found each other :) For other kittens and rescue cats it’s not such a happy story and I would much rather one angry reader than one neglected kitten because I didn’t voice what I believe to be true.

    Good luck with Balthazar :D

    Korin Reply:

    Hi,

    I agree!!! I adopted a wonderful 3 1/2 year old female from Kitten Resuce in Los Angeles.

    I met with them and two people from there organization came out to check my home. I have two other rescue cats and I am a very responsible, well informed cat parent.

    I just believe in rescue and donation. Kitten Rescue has each cat checked by a vet and they do follow up calls for the first few months.

    This is my first Sphynx, however I prepared myself in advance for the proper care and environment that she would need.

    She has been a complete joy and I love to bath and groom her. She is loving and playful.

    I would adopt again.

    All the best.

    Morgan Reply:

    I agree with the rescue statements. I did know I wanted a Sphynx and I researched and found a breeder and paid a handsome price for my healthy baby. But I also have rescued several dogs..some breeds I had to learn about when I got the dog. Granted in the case of Sphynx a lot of people fail to realize that genetically they are not domesticated cats, they are their own species of feline. My point being, the care of any animal lies in the responsibility of the human. A know it all, does know as much as they claim too, and a newbie will always as questions.
    Two cents, priceless

  4. Corinne says:

    I was just thinking about this very topic earlier this week Allison. I was doing some research for an Examiner article I was writing and I came across an ad for Sphynx kittens for $200 and it made me cringe. I just know that the best has not been done for these poor little kittens. Also, their potential adopters are probably in for a bad time. I wonder to about the people who do adopt them – do they know enough about the breed to keep them healthy and happy?

    Keep posting Allison – you are the champion for Sphynx kittens and cats everywhere!

  5. Pet Cages says:

    I don’t have a lot of experience with cats but when I was younger, my girlfriend and I bought a Golden Retriever from a pet store without really thinking about it. The breeder, as it turns out, didn’t really care about his dogs. She was almost gone within two days. She spent a couple weeks at the vet just to survive. She has grown up as healthy as can be but that a mill for any animal is just bad knews unless you’re a heartless veterinarian.

  6. Sarah says:

    “If you can’t afford the asking price of a reputable breeder then you aren’t going to be able to look after the Sphynx once you have it.”

    That statement is false. Money does not equal care. It is way easier to have a monthly cost on food and washing supplies than it is to fork out 1200-1500 dollars. I am a low income person and my hairless cat receives the most love any animal could ask for. I also bought her from a family that was re-homing her. What is most important is your love and genuine care for an animal, not how much money you have to spend on it. Everyone can afford a bag of cat food each month and some shampoo. This statement is very judgmental and disregards the important factors in animal care.The people I bought her from had a lot of money but obviously did not care for her. I would never give her away. She is my best friend and will be with me until the sorrowful day she departs.

    Allison Reply:

    Hi Sarah
    The thing about opinions is there is always going to be someone who disagrees and that is fine with me :)

    I am not saying you cannot love your cat as well as anyone else. What I am saying is when a large vet bill hits, those that have chose to get a “cheap” Sphynx cat because they can’t afford one from a reputable breeder will have to chose between a loan or abandoning/giving the cat away.

    The same with good quality food. A bag of quality cat food here in Australia is $42. That’s a lot more than the cheaper, less desirable/healthful cat food. Combine that with the $4 a day each in soft food (less now that they are on raw but again that was a $300 layout for grinder) and you are looking at a large amount of money.

    These are the questions I want people to be VERY sure they can handle BEFORE they buy a Sphynx so there is no mistreatment because of the potential expensive upkeep of these animals.

    Sami Reply:

    Money DOES equal care, Sarah. You may feel that money does not equal LOVE…but pets cannot receive the care they need unless someone can financially afford it. Are you going to love your cat into having expensive tests done if she becomes sick? If she has a bad heart, are you going to love her into treatment? If she requires surgery for an injury, are you going to love sutures into her wounds and love her broken bone until its fixed? Money means the potential for health care. If the family before you was financially able but unwilling to care for her…then that’s irresponsibility. But in working in Vet Med for the last 10 years, I can tell you this: Low Income means that you likely won’t have the resources available to treat a $2000+ problem unless you have friends or family willing to lend you money. It also means that companies who try to make Veterinary care a reality for those without that those type of funds will also refuse to help. Which means…whatever was needed for that $2000+ will have to be overlooked or “what I can afford” will have to suffice. You may well be able to afford a bag of food (which, BTW, is probably the worst food that one can put any cat on, not just a sphynx), but a bag of food isn’t going to fix a major illness. It won’t treat pancreatitis or conjunctivitis, it won’t suture wounds, it won’t fix a fractured bone, it won’t pay for medications, etc. Basic upkeep is hardly the concern for sphynx breeders…those who care for their babies want owners who can afford more than just a bag of food each month. Breeders would prefer owners who can afford to put down $400/year on a cardiac scan to make sure the pet doesn’t have HCM. Someone who is willing to meet with their vet annually for vaccinations and discussion on the pet’s health…who is also willing to put animals on preventive medication, if need, based upon their location. Ownership is more than just being able to slink by with a crappy bag of food from a store. It’s about more than getting just the bottom-of-the-run vet care because that’s all that can be afforded. Ideal care is about abundance of more than just love. No one here doubts that you love your cat, Sarah, but I do pray that you’ve taken into account the potential for problems and have started a “rainy day fund” in your cat’s name…because some day, it may be needed. Especially with this breed, that’s so predisposed to heart problems. They’re an expensive breed, alone, because they’re expensive to take care of…when sphynx break, it’s normally a very costly situation. And I hope that in situations where sphynx have fallen into limited-income families that their owners have taen the initiative to put away some cushion in expectation that they may not be able to treat every problem with 50 bucks and a penicillin shot.

  7. IS it all about the money? says:

    Its not people asking if they can get a $200 Sphynx that sickens me it is conversations like this one. Our society has shown us that money does not equal compassion or the ability to love. I am only concerned about the home the kitten goes to of course I will ask for top dollar but if a middle class family convinces me that they will provide a loving home I will and have sold kittens for $200 because its not about the money but the home. From updates I am convinced that these kittens have great home and unfortunately are probably better of then some that sold for more money. In fact I have seen people who neglect their own children save money to buy a top dollar animal and then neglect that too. I would like to end with saying that some families that cant afford a $3000 price tag on a kitten can an do provide their kittens with great food, vet care and most importantly loving homes. So its not all about the money if we love these cats we have to remember that it is all about the home and like I said earlier money doesn’t buy love.

    Allison Reply:

    Thanks for dropping in IS it all about the money?

    We would hope that every owner is loving towards their cat (in fact my post kind of blatantly assumes that) but like ponies and puppies, if you aren’t doing the right thing with food and medical care then you are neglecting your pet, no matter how much you love it.

    There are people with, and without, money that make great owners and vice versa. The reality of pet ownership is that the vet takes cash not kisses and that needs to be acknowledged with open eyes by a potential owner.

  8. Kenna says:

    I am a Sphynx and elf cat breeder. I do not believe that a person who pays 1500 for a kitten will always take better care of a kitten then someone who got one for free, but i think someone who pays for a kitten is much more likely to take better care of it. That doesnt have to hundreds of dollars.

    The reason they are so expensive has less to do with food and daily care costs (food should be the same, and daily care is more about time) and more to do with responsible breeding. Its the costs of buying the queen’s and sires, and then most importantly scanning for HCM and regularly testing your cat disease. A reputable breeder cares about improving the breed so that only healthy and quality cats are being born.

    A breeder charging 400 a kitten is not doing that, they would be loosing money. Supporting improper breeding will hurt the animals as well as your heart.

    If you cant afford the price a breeder is asking, get another breed that is less expensive or get lucky and adopt one. Another option is to buy a retired breeder. They often sell for a lot less then a kitten.

    If you cant afford vet bills you should not have a pet. If you cannot afford a 1500 dollar cat, get a less expensive cat and save your money for vet bills. The most important thing is happy healthy kitties in quality homes!

  9. Samantha says:

    Hi to all ,its my first time in your website, I was looking for information because my husband and I have always wanted a Sphynx cat, we are not sure if we will get her this or next year after our baby is born but the day will come.
    About this post I think we are talking about different things here

    Is it all about money? sometimes it is, you need money to take good care of the pet, and to being able to respond with expensive vet bills..

    About getting a less expensive cat ..it has its pros and cons
    I have a PUG and I had a French bulldog before, I spent about 650 euros in each from families not breeders as I didnt want my pets for competitions just company. The french bulldog had me all day in the vet ending with larger sums of money thant her initial cost really but is healthy and happy now. My pug is and has always been in perfect condition and is the happiest dog alive Im pretty sure.

    We decided for a sphynx because im alergic and have asthma so after having the most lovable common cats ever we had to give them to a friend of hours and braking our hearts because I couldnt breath but I couldnt resist touching, cuddling and sleeping with them lol. I miss them everyday.

    Kisses

    Sam

    Allison Reply:

    Hi Samantha

    So glad to see you here and researching the breed before you jump in and get one. Love to see responsible potential owners.

    I hope by now you have seen that the breed is not completely non allergenic (no breed actually is) and that even the hypoallergenic claims by some breeders are not yet proven by science. My recommendation would be to go spend some time at a breeders to see if there is any reaction. My daughter’s boyfriend is allergic to cats and our Sphynxes (but takes antihistamine to reduce symptoms).

    As for the money issue, like I mentioned in the post, the day-to-day costs for a Sphynx are higher than your usual cat …. but oh so worth it if you can afford one :)

  10. Evonne says:

    Hello, I have ashma and I wonderful little sphynix named Momo, and I have to say that I am a single parent with out help and have to watch my money. Having said that my ex husband has tried many dogs for our little girl because he hates cats. I love them but need to breath. And I think there can be some compromise between looking for an afordable cat and being to poor or cheap to take care of the animal. I am blessed to have pet insurance through work ($5.00) a month and I have access to good food for a pet, what I didn’t have was 1,500 to lay out for a cat that some breeders were making out to be for “special” people. I got very lucky, I spoke to a breeder who really loves hers cats and told her the situation and she was able to work with me to get the cat a wonderful home with tons of love and knowing we had a plan for unexpected vet bills.

  11. Amber says:

    I am looking for a sphynx cat that is cheaper than $500 or equal to…if it wasn’t for some of these breeders, I might be able to find one…does that mean I want one that’s sick? no. Im sure if I had that much money at one time, it would be worth every penny, but Im a student…so I dont have it. where in some peoples minds does it make sense that if you dont have that much, just to spend on the animal itself, that you cant take care of it? wouldnt it make more sense to think you wouldnt wanna spend as much ON the pet so you could put more money TO the pet. Ive researched their needs and I could afford to feed them, give them baths, give them toys, and treats every month, and pay monthly for insurance..but no I do not have 1500 dollars to spend just to get the animal. come on people. The way I see it, if you have that much to buy the cat at that amount AND THEN money to give it everything it deserves, that means you work alot…so you probably dont have as much time for it as someone like me who has all the time in the world to bond and love it. I think its crazy that in order for me (someone who has allergies) to get a cat I can live with, I must have 1500 for a kitten.

    Allison Reply:

    Amber

    I have been thinking about why people get so upset at the cost and my post. As I see it breeders keep the price high to ensure that people are really motivated to learn about the breed and show that they can commit to the ongoing expenses of the breed. The majority of people would not buy a Maserati and treat it like rubbish because it is expensive to buy AND own. Yet that old bomb car you bought for a few hundred dollars won’t upset you if you get a few dings in it in the car park.

    Sphynxes are mistreated by people who are ignorant of the breed. Many of those have bought from breeders who are not interested in ensuring for the health and welfare of their kittens and sell at lower price. Yet you can see in the comments there are people who have demonstrated that they proved to a good breeder that they could care for one, even if they don’t have the money for the upfront costs.

    I have a pedigree Italian Greyhound that a breeder gave me because I demonstrated I had researched the breed and its needs, and that I would look after him.

    Maybe you can approach a breeder and see if there is a way other than paying full price. In the end though, ongoing costs in time and money are higher than normal cats and all prospective Sphynx owners should be committed to that before they ever get a kitten/cat.

  12. Skye says:

    theres one problem.
    do we buy the sick cheap cats to rescue them from the evil breeder?
    should we ignore the evil breeder in hope that they will stop breeding?
    what if they dont stop breeding?
    what if you save that 400 dollar kitten and give it a good home and long life?
    the money will always be worth it. just make sure you can care for it properly. love and resources have to be balanced. if your cat is hungry and has health problems he will not be happy. if you cat is ignored and goes unnoticed without much love and care he will not be happy. love your animals.

    Allison Reply:

    Hi Skye

    Thanks for the comment. It is a tricky choice yes.

    Breeding cats (or any animal for that matter) is not a cheap exercise unless done unethically. Unfortunately those people that are selling $100 kittens are not breeding for the good of the breed, but for the quick cash they can get from many litters in a year. While people buy cheap kittens unethical breeders will continue to breed them. When it becomes no longer financially viable for them to do so then they will move on to something else that is easy to do that doesn’t cost lots of cash.

  13. whatever says:

    I am sorry in this days economy people are up their own A$$ trying to sell their cats for 900 dollars. There is other animals out they needing to be adopted because of over population.
    Yea I understand if you cant pay for it then you cant afford to keep it healthy but you shouldnt be paying a shit load for something that needs to be taken to the vet constantly.
    I am a vet assistant. I have a few strays I have given homes and I would love a sphynx more than anything but its more than crazy to pay that price. And no it doesnt cost that much more then a regular cat. And it doesnt take more than common to sense to learn about the breed and to take care of something people are just plain idiots.

    Allison Reply:

    Hi Whatever

    Definitely disagree with some of your points. A luxury car does not drop it’s price in a bad economy, they just sell to people that can afford it. Same with Sphynxes, while supply is low and demand is high a capitalist economy will keep the price high.

    Over supply is the case for some breeds leading to adoption, but not for Sphynxes. They are there because of personal circumstances, neglect or conditions that the owner cannot deal with.

    So it’s ok to pay $100 for something that is ill? I don’t understand that at all, especially coming from a vet assistant. No animal should suffer because of someone’s wallet size. Unscrupulous breeders are breeding animals that have genetic defects from inbreeding, unsuitable breeding and overbreeding of the Queens.

    Sphynxes do cost more than normal cats to keep, if you ever do end up owning one you will see they eat 2 to 2.5 times a normal cat’s energy (food) intake to maintain their body heat.

    I do agree with this statement (though I would put it a little differently “And it doesnt take more than common to sense to learn about the breed and to take care of something people are just plain idiots.”

  14. ohdear says:

    hi there i live in australia and yes the breed is quite dear but reality is if you want something so bad as i do you will save for it.i paid $2000 for a puppy only three months ago and since then it has cost me from day one all up i think i have spent in exces of $6000 on vet bills some people cal me stupid and i should just get him put to sleep not me no he is a part of my family and if he were one of my children i would find the money. but do you think i can find a breeder who will sell me a queen,no! why because i have no experience with the breed. i have reared my children and do have money to spend but i can not seem to find what i want if there is anyone who may be able to help please do.

  15. Bradley says:

    Some tips for saving a little money and making the sphynx breed more accessible to everyone:

    SEARCH EVERYWHERE ONLINE. Just because someone is a great breeder, doesn’t mean they are an expert at marketing. This can lead to lower prices, especially as the kittens get a little older.

    ADOPT OLDER CATS. Even though I am always a little sad to think about breeders that ‘stud’ their cat, then at the age of 2 or 3 sell it for a massive discount, it is a great way to save money on a Sphynx.

    BUDDY SYSTEM. One very easy way to save money (worked for me) is to connect with someone that also wants a sphynx. In my experience, breeders will greatly discount the asking price if you will be taking home more than one kitten.

    BUY THE LESS DESIRABLE ONE. Another reason you can save a ton of money up front, specifically on the sphynx breed, is because they have a little extra hair. My first of three sphynxes had a fairly hairy face, and a very hairy tail. His parents were sticky-bald. His littermates were as well. But, due to his hair, he was half price. He has the most amazing sphynx personality, which is the entire reason I love the breed.

    Great site! I signed up for the newsletter!
    Bradley
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    Crystal Reply:

    I agree with you.I wanted a Spyhnx so bad, but didn’t have $1500 all at once. The breeder said I could make payments, but my husband thought that was to much.She told me she had breeder female Spyhnx she was retiring for half the price so I went and visited her cattery and fell in love with the retired spyhnx.I’m so glad i chose to get her.I’m thinking about getting another retired Spyhnx. They need love too:)

    Noa Tia Reply:

    I agree I love the odd ball out’s and any cat needs love but this blog is a harsh does of reality I’m in Highschool and I want this cat but the cheapist I have ever seen one In San Jose CA where i live is 250$ Male I want a young female and I could may want it to be fixed or not I will decide if I get one but I am working pretty hard for one and still no one is going easy on me so getting one for me with my situation is a 1 in 75% chance to me I still feel good about that.

  16. Tammy says:

    I’m looking to adopt a 3yr old female that won’t breed any longer. The asking price is $300. I’m from CT and the breeder from Long Island, not far. I’ve scoured the net and found nothing negative about this breeder. I’ve asked all the normal questions regarding health, vaccinations, etc….and all checks out. My own cats are rescue kitties & I have no experience w/breeders. But I am versed in how to care for them. Any advice for a first time Sphynx buyer here?

    Crystal Reply:

    Tammy, I just bought a 3yr Spyhnx female breeder about 2months ago.You would think being a breeder cat she would’nt be sweet or affectionate, but she is. I love her to death.I feel because she was a breeder she deserved all the love she could get.The care is no different than a kitten. You need to bath them and feed them and keep them warm.The bonous I think you get with a adult Spyhnx is they already know how to use a litter box. LOL

    Sami Reply:

    Good breeders socialize their breeding cats. I’m not sure why Crystal suggests that a ex-breeding cat would not be sweet or affectionate, but this is a common misconception. Sphynx, in general, are a very loving breed and they’re into everything and want to be with their owners at all times.

    Tammy, I’d suggest you either meet this breeder in her hometown or have her meet you in yours and go TOGETHER to a vet’s office and have an exam performed. They’ll be the ones to best tell you what problems might arise, if they can find any. No person over the internet could give you that information. See someone in person for the best chance of getting a healthy kitty and make sure to ask if this breeder has had the cat scanned for HCM. Require that she bring a copy of the scan and don’t be satisified unless it comes from a board certified cardiologist. Do your research on HCM in Sphynx.

    Crystal Reply:

    Sami and Tammy,Sorry you got the wrong imprestion. I was not saying x-breeding Spyhnx wouldn’t be friendly. I was just saying that most breeders of anything would give there breeding animals much attention. I do agree with going to the breeder’s house or cattery and seeing for yourself. Whitch I did and the breeder I got mine from has all her breeder cats HCM scan on the web for anyone to see and I took mine to the vet after I brought her home and a good breeder will give you a health guarentee.So like i was saying before I love mine.

  17. Tammy says:

    Thx for the good advice guys & my apologies for the delay in writting this. But on 12/5 we did get the 3yr old breeder & all is very well. It has taken her a few wks to settle in as she’s very shy. I suspect she was kept in a cage much of her life. But she is so inquisitive and steals things! LOL she takes my mom’s eyeglasses in her mouth and brings them to her cat bed to store under her blankey. She also talks a lot, just sits there & carries on a cat conversation w/u. Very very smart cat. Watches TV & all. She’s had her shots & exam, all is well there & is being spayed in a week. Breeder gave us a 30 day guarentee. Princess Sassy (thats her name) was a present from me to my mom. Mom & Sassy are very happy to be together! Merry Christmas to all!

  18. BRIAN says:

    I AM A BREEDER OF HAIRLESS CATS, I DO NOT SHIP MY CATS BUT I ONLY SELL MY CATS FOR 500 TO PEOPLE WHO CAN NOT AFFORD THE 15 HUNDRED DOLLOR PRICE TAG. I LIVE IN DELAWARE IF YOU ARE CLOSE TOI THERE AND CAN PICK UP EMAIL ME

    [Brian I have removed your contact email address as this is not the place to advertise your kittens. Please go to http://www.sphynxcatbreederdirectory.com/ and put your details there.Thanks for dropping by. )

  19. Janelle says:

    You people are disgusting – adding to the overpopulation of cats by intentionally breeeding hairless cats that can’t even survive outdoors.

    Stop manipulating creatures in order to make money, you disgusting breeders. Hairlessness is a DEFORMITY, you morons!

    Allison Reply:

    Janelle I have posted a rebuttal to your comments. Hope it helps you understand the breed a little more

    http://www.sphynxcatblog.com/sphynx-cat-news/sphynx-cats-the-controversy/

    Ann Morgan Reply:

    Allison: Your response is garbage. Sphynx cats may very well have ‘very short, fine fur’ like humans do. However, that’s neither here nor there, functionally speaking, both they and humans are hairless, because the small amount of short fine hair they do have is ineffective as an insulator. Furthermore, Sphynx cats lack the evolutionary adaptations that *humans* have to a (near) hairless state, such as subcutaneous fat, which helps to insulate us. In addition, they cannot manufacture or wear clothing to help them deal with the weather, as humans do.

    As for your claim that there is no reason that Sphynx cats would not do well outdoors in an equatorial country, that is more garbage. As I pointed out, fur is an *insulator*. Insulation protects one against both very cold AND very hot weather. A hairless cat would do far WORSE in extreme heat than an ordinary cat.

    It might possibly survive in a hypothetical climate that was between, say, 75 and 95 degrees all the time, but there are very few places like that. Even your vaunted ‘equatorial countries’ are known to get both colder and hotter than that, depending on the season, and time of day. A hairless cat would probably last less than 24 hours outdoors, ANYWHERE in the world, before dying of either heat or cold. Take a look at the mammals in Africa and South America (you equatorial countries). They all either have fur, subcutaneous fat, or extremely large body mass (mass=insulation).

    I have a degree in biology. What are your qualifications, other than wanting to defend a deformity in cats that causes them to have a short, miserable life?

    Allison Reply:

    Thanks Ann for dropping by but I have to point out some errors in fact in your response.

    Alas your response reads that cats do not have subcutaneous fat, which is of course not true. Cats do have subcutaneous fat, and can suffer from having too much of it as well. Maybe you meant enough to survive unassisted in non tropical climates?

    Also your assertion in your other comment that Sphynxes do not live a long time, yet the longest lived pedigree cat is a Sphynx, and because Sphynxes live indoors they are considered a long lived breed compared to all cats – moggies or not. There are no health issues associated with being hairless at all, and that is where the comparison to humans continues.

    Just to ice this particular cake, those people that want a cheap Sphynx AND have fur, you can most certainly get them from breeders. The hairless gene is recessive and so not all litters are fully hairless.

    What I find sad is that someone would spew hate against a breed because (like humans) it cannot survive outside. Ridiculous… you wouldn’t survive outside any more than a Sphynx would. How about attacking breeds that have genuine health problems like the flat faced cats and dogs.

  20. Janelle says:

    Brian, we need to make laws to prevent you and all the other selfish, greedy “breeders” who profit by arranging sex sessions between animals that have genetic defects.

  21. Janelle says:

    $1500 price tag, on sale for $500 – you jackass.

    Jonathon Reply:

    ditto.

  22. tzougris says:

    I want to buy a cat sphynx but did not have enough money … is a bit absurd to give $ 1500 for a cat. (so I believe)

  23. Diplomat says:

    [redacted] It sounds to me like you who buy these $2,000 sphynx are the ones getting the sick messed up cats. I have 2 brother sphynx cats, 8 years old and doing great. I got them cheap at a local adoption center for $250 each. They have never been sick other then ear mites and they are VERY well behaved in the bath? My boys are doing great, and besides, to rebuttal your arrogance, if you are THAT concerned about medical bills, pet medical insurance is rather cheap. It doesn’t need to cost me any more than $150 a month to take care of my sphynx, and I have two!!!They are very happy and loving cats, you make them seem sickly. Other breeds get sick too, duh! These cats require attention and love, food, shelter, baths, not money and [redacted] . And how the heck do you get off thinking a sphynx costs more then any other cat at the vet? That’s irrelevant, open up your eyes. You even stated,” There are people with, and without, money that make great owners and vice versa” So stop contradicting yourself. THANK GOD some sphynx are affordable for the common cat lover.[redacted]

    Allison Reply:

    Thanks for taking the time to put your opinion forward. A couple of things jumped out at me
    1. Your Sphynxes would have originally sold to someone for a large amount (unless they came from a kitten mill type breeder). Just because you paid that much, does not mean that is what a breeder will charge
    2. A common mistake made by vets unused to the breed is that teh natural ear wax that Sphynxes discharge are earmites. Unless they have been living in bad conditions it is unlikely they have real ear mites
    3. I would hazard a guess that $150 a month is a lot for some people, and those are the people that cannot afford the cat either
    4. Just because you are a great driver does not mean someone should give you a Lamborghini for $100. That is the argument people, including yourself, are making. The world doesn’t work like that. Yes there are people out there that would make great owners, but as they can’t afford a Sphynx they aren’t going to be an owner. Hence ” There are people with, and without, money that make great owners and vice versa”
    5. If you are having trouble affording a Sphynx then vet bills may also be a stretch. At no point has anyone said the breed is sickly, or that vet bills are higher. Just like the food bills and heat bills, the total price of a Sphynx is more than a normal cat.
    6. Attacking a person rather than an idea is not the best way to put an opinion across and I normally just delete comments that are hateful and abusive…I have removed those comments from your comments

    Regards

    Allison

  24. Stacy says:

    I actually completely disagree with you. Breeders ask way to much for a cat. Instead of paying $500 for my beautiful Persian girl I only paid $100 and she’s doing better than she would have ever at a breeders. So I don’t want to hear about if you can’t afford it you shouldn’t get that. That is pure ignorance!!!

    Allison Reply:

    Thanks for commenting Stacy but as you haven’t given any reason for thinking they should be cheaper apart from some kind of feeling that you deserve it. I have to say that you really haven’t made a good argument there. I wouldn’t throw around words like ignorance unless you can make a coherent case for why they should be cheaper.

  25. Steve says:

    Allison,

    As I would have to agree that the best way to make a point is to not be rude as the above writer was, I also have to say that it seems your passion for the breed makes you biased and a bit contradicting in many of your responses.

    The reason, plain and simple, that the cats cost a lot is because there is a demand, simple supply and demand. If noone wanted these cats, they would be the same as most other domestic cats. The costs are not significantly more, the time however is. So “love” is a bit more important, which we all know money has nothing to do with. As far as money goes, noone should buy an animal they can’t take care of… and sometimes a poor animal will have immense unseen health problems which could cost more that $1500 to $3000… where do you draw the line? I spent $750 bucks on a $50 rescue cat due to an infection. That $50 bucks surely didn’t initially prove I could afford a $750 medical bill.

    Sphynx Breeders charge what they do because they can, if it was JUST about the cat they’d let the buyer keep a good portion of the money so they could provide a better life for the cat! You breed the cats to make a buck… otherwise you’d just spend more time finding good families to give them too.

    I appreciate your passion and want for the cats to have a good home, but I also appreciate your want to get top dollar for the breed. After all it is business.

    Anyone have a Sphynx for $50? I promise I can afford the Q-tips and my heaters always on as my girlfriend is always cold too.

    Allison Reply:

    Thanks for the thoughtful addition to the conversation Steve

    Have to disagree though with my reason for wanting to keep the price high. I am not a breeder, but I appreciate the work the ethical breeders that breed to keep the breed healthy and strong and that means not over breeding and retiring Queens young which keeps supply low. …and the kitten mills that will sell to people for $100 are definitely doing it for the dollars not the love of the breed, or caring for the potential owners.

    In this “must have it now” society I will always hold that someone who has worked and saved for a Sphynx rather than demanding the price comes down will be the better owner as they will value the animal more than someone who demands a cheaper price because they “can’t afford it”. I can’t afford a Lamborghini but I am not going to demand the dealer sell it to me cheaper because my circumstances don’t match its price tag.

    Thanks again

  26. Steve says:

    On the lamborghini thing, of course not. Lamborghini’s cost a ton to produce and have millions of dollars in technology behind them along with all the man hours. Cats do all the work when it comes to making cats… You find 2 pretty kitties, put them in a room, provide food and water, and tada! you have multiple kitties!

    Put 2 lamborghini’s in a room… you just have a garage and nothing else… and to build another youd have to pay a hundred mechanics, body, and paint specialists. Rent a factory, and whatever else goes into it.

    Sphynxs should actually be cheaper by your comparrison. Get a car without leather and its cheaper. These cats don’t even come with hair…you’d think there’d be a discount.

  27. Jennifer says:

    I purchased my female Sphynx last August from a breeder in Texas. I purchased “Kitty Baby” for $750.00. Kitty Baby was 12 weeks old and the last of her litter when I found her online. Kitty Baby’s litter mates sold in the normal price range, but Kitty Baby was less do to a slight physical condition with one of her eyes. One eye does not open as wide as the other due to an infection in it when she was born. My breeder discussed this with me ahead of time and I bought her at a reduced price knowing that she would always have a weepy eye. Also, my breeder has all kittens spayed or neutered before they leave her care. She does this to try to prevent the spread of HCM. I totally agree with her!!! The screenings for HCM are costly and I want this breed to be preserved as a healthy breed that is bred through responsible breeders. Kitty Baby brings so much joy to me and my family that I would easily pay twice what I did if I had to do it over.

  28. Candice Frisby says:

    I know I’m late to this party.

    Can I sum up? FACTS ONLY?

    I have 2 lovely sphynx cats which I adopted from the ONLY breeder in alaska. I’m not rich, but I don’t have kids, so I dote on my kitties.

    They are QUITE expensive to feed and time consuming to care for.

    Dry food: $40 a month (this is quality grain free dry food)
    Raw Chicken Diet: $60 a month
    Litter: $20 a month
    Constant Heating Pad: $5 a month
    Soft Paws Claw Covers: $15 a month
    Lysine Supplements: $10 a month

    Don’t forget vet checks and shots, and the petty cash to get them to the vet if a problem suddenly arises.

    They get fed, with an additional supplement added at the time of feeding every morning.
    They get a cup of dry food every evening.
    They require A LOT more attention than the average house cat, more like the amount of attention a dog requires.
    you probably need about an hour a week to bathe and groom them, clean out the ears and eyes, trim nails and replace nail caps.

    Sphynx are NOT set it and forget it pets!

  29. Jennifer says:

    I have owned many pure bred animals and I have to say the breeders do take good care of this particular one but they are the most stuck up, arrogant, and self-righteous set of people I have ever met and it’s always the same dribble coming from their mouths. I hear the exact same sentences and arguments. It just really unnerves me the way people act about these cats—like you have to be an elite member of society to own one. I previously owned one of these cats but had to give it up after 1 month because it caused a severe allergic reaction and I almost died. He was the most adorable thing I have ever had and I have had quite a few exotic animals. I cried when I had to let him go. I want to get another one to see if I am as allergic to a different cat but the price IS outrageous and these breeders act like you are trying to adopt a human. I do want to let you know when I did return him, the breeder complimented me on how well I took care of the little guy. So, I agree, these cats do not need to be so expensive and the price has nothing to do with how well one is able to take care of them. It IS all about supply and demand and it’s a shame that many people cannot enjoy these so very lovable animals. I could well afford one then and had a great paying career but after being in a bad car accident, I am left disabled and unable to work and cannot afford another Sphynx but I want one very bad and am willing to take the risk of seeing if a different cat would cause such an allergic reaction. Just wanted you all to know there are many different variables affecting ones ability to own one of these precious animals.

  30. Jack Meoff says:

    Really thinks that some people are just mad cause they cant’ afford one so then end up on forums like this haha

  31. Brian says:

    I bought my wife a beautiful male Sphynx cat and it turns out she is allergic to the cat. If anyone knows of someone in Pa. looking for a 5 month old male Sphynx we are willing to sell him to a good home for a reasonable price you can contact me at DOGCOP489@MSN.COM.

  32. Tai Clay says:

    I have to toally agree with the breeders here. Our family is very interested in owning a Sphynx cat….. After alot of reading, studying, and browsing, I can see why they are priced so highly. A healthy, upstandinf Sphynx breed/bloodline is important to keep! I honestly believe that the breeders want to make sure that the owners of thier kittens/cats are respectful, resonsibile owners of these babies, and careful how and who they breed with, so not to destroy thier genetics and value. We hope to soon have one of these beautfiul babies :) Still trying to figure out weather to ship one or buy in person….. Big decision. Also, these cats take special care and health care, so they can be pricey to own. I honestly believe that the breeders are only trying to make a concious decision. Do you people realize that price is not the only issue???? As many breeders actually have to approve your adoption and home before purchase? If you cant afford the pet/new family member please do not own one. And this is coming from a future owner, not a breeder.

  33. Jay cooley says:

    please, I want to adopt a sphynx, direct me to a repoutable breeder

  34. Christine Still says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading all the pros and cons here. After being a breeder of show cats years ago, I am familiar with, shall we say, hautiness of some breeders. However, I have always loved the breed and know high maintenance from my Orientals. I paid $1500 for my female Sphynx who had “a little fuzz at the bottom of her tail”. You want a ‘naked’ cat when you pay this kind of money. Well, by age 5 months, she had patches of 2″ fur all over her body, NOT what you would call attractive. But by that time, I loved her personality. Breeder acted annoyed and told me to ‘bring her back’. Finally, she agreed to sell me an excellent and totally furless female who the cattery had intended to use as their queen, but she got uterine infections so they were selling her, spayed. I wanted ONE furless cat, I got TWO and the 2nd one is pretty but very active. I’m disabled, in my 60′s and paid a whopping $2500 total to finally get my ‘bare kitty’. They are half-sisters, now I need to find home a home when I move to catless area but will need to keep them together and recover SOME of my costs. I was HAD! They’ve received excellent care & I love them.But new owners usually don’t want TWO of anything. Any ideas?

  35. Joyce Trainer says:

    I a three-time cancer survivor who lives in Wyoming along with my certified Golden Retriever service dog Wallace. I prevously owned two Sphynx cats which were given to me by a cancer patient/ sphynx cattery owner when I was having whipple surgery for pancreatic cancer in Houston, TX. Sadly, one of the males passed away from HCM before he was two years old. The other male developed urinary/kidney disease and had to be eithanized at the age of six. I have had skin cancer, and last August was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a radical mastectomy. I am disabled and depend upon Wallace for my companionship and support. However, I would love to own another Sphynx cat/kitten, but the prices are just beyond my means because my income is based on SSD. I previously taught high school English here in Wyoming for twenty-five years and didn’t have to worry about health insurance, prescriptions, supplemental health plans, etc. I am looking for someone who might have the need to place a Sphynx cat/kitten in a loving forever home with us for a reasonable fee. Please reply if you have any ideas.

  36. Tink says:

    I am a “grandmother” of two hairless “Grandsons”. My youngest son (13) is the culprit that introduced our family to these wonderful guy’s now going on 3 years. We are not affluent or rich by any means. My Son saved up his money preforming odd jobs for people. Yard work and such just to earn his “Cat money”. It took him a year and a half to accomplish this. I was worried due to the fact that I am alergic to cat’s myself. He completed his own research on breeders and what it took to become a responsible “dad” for his cat. We ended up taking a road trip to adopt his “Son”. We drove from New Mexico to Oklahoma just to meet the breeder and observe the living conditions, (my sons suggestions). We took home our new (neutered) family member Mr. Tibbles Von Peebs (light fuzz hairless) at 12 weeks of age. Tibbs turned out to be such an amazing young man, and it turns out that so long as we keep him bathed I do not get alergy symptoms. We ended up taking the same trip back to Oklahoma the next year to adopt a new “Son” for me. Unfortunately “Stitch”, who is an ultra hairless Blue skinned boy chose my eldest Son as his “Dad”. We could not be happier with these boys. They are incredibly intelligent, loving, close and Stitch is unusually protective of his “Dad”. My eldest has medical issues and I think that Stitch senses this, and it has made them inseperable litteraly. They eat together, watch TV together, and Stitch has to even ride draped around my Son’s neck while just walking around the house. As a first time feline owner people actually think I am weird cause everything I have learned about cats comes from books. If I had to do this over I would have done it years ago!

  37. Mandy says:

    I am very interested in the cats. I would like to find out where to meet and ourchase one. Please email me asap

  38. my sister has a sphinx cat named bella she is multi-colored and i was wondering if they go good with dogs….because i have a rotweiler puppy and i really want to get one of these cats so anyone have any suggestions….not with dog, or with dog?

  39. Corinne says:

    This makes me sad. Just because someone is looking for a cheaper Sphynx does not mean that they are unfit to take care of it. I am one of these. I am fully aware of the responsibilities and costs that come with a Sphynx however I am looking for a lower price because I am a loving mother and my 3 year old daughter wants a cat so bad, now I could go and get her a cheap kitten from the pet store, however I am allergic to other cats, I’m not allergic to Sphynxes. So what choice do I have? Not get my daughter a kitten even though she wants one SO bad or do I try to find a reasonably priced kitten that we will be able to have in our home and take care of? Seriously.

  40. Jim says:

    As a longtime breeder of puppies, we are now looking at possibly getting a Sphynx cat. Found this site by just surfing around and I cannot disagree more strongly with the statement that looking for a cheap cat means that they will not be cared for properly. Our dogs, we have and breed Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Dalmatians, and they are cared for better than many of the people reading this statement live, I am sure. Our dogs are pampered and spoiled rotten, eating only organic, fresh foods and cared for by the best vet clinic anywhere around our area. There is no reason to believe that our cas would be cared for in any other way. That being said, my wife nor I would be willing to pay the outrageous prices that people are charging for these cats. We have a bloodline on both of our breeds of dogs that can be traced back for many, many years, yet we do not charge outrageous prices for our dogs, even though we could, because we feel that it is rediculous to do so. Same goes for these cats. But that does not mean that we would not care for our animals as well as could possible happen.

  41. alphabetsoup says:

    I think it is very entertaining that we justify the breeding of animals that cost thousands of dollars, and then justify the cost by saying its the only way to get a healthy cat. Let me tell you, I do not agree with breeding animals that are going to be ill, or in poor health their whole life. But I can tell you, I can afford to feed, clothe, and house an animal, and yes and take it to the vet for shots, and visits, but I can not afford 1500 to 2000 dollars for the initial purchase.

  42. hailey says:

    well im going to get a sphinx cat and i dont know where to get one and this site does not say where to get one and im looking for a cat under 200 dollars so can anyone help?

  43. Brad says:

    To be honest there is no way to talk sense into crazy cat ladies who will only let particular people buy their cats. I have experienced the same scrutiny trying to get a cat. Twice I had the money as well as the space and time to raise a cat and was denied by these breeders cause I never owned a sphynx before. What is this a special club? You ladies should not be given the right to be in charge when your so judgemental, you give cat owners a bad name. I now have a sphynx named milo and were best of buddies, were always happy and hes real healthy.

  44. I want a Sphinx! says:

    I have read through all of these blog pages and I’m writing notes down. I was quite positive that my family would be able to look after a Sphinx but I wasn’t sure after reading on how they are so fragile. I need to know if they get affected by a bad temperature of the house and I need to know of any common sicknesses that they can get. We want one really bad and I thought it was a good idea.

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