RMPLJUSTSKN is family-owned and operated cattery in GIG HARBOR, WA. All of our kittens and cats are part of our family, treated better in most cases!
RMPLJUSTSKIN Sphynx Cattery
out of the clipping position until they calm down. They will feed off your energy - so stay calm. Thankfully our kitties are pretty good about this process.
Use baby wipes (cheaper than and just as safe as the “cat” wipes) to do a quick clean up in the ear and on the little toes where all that black dirty stuff hangs out.
About RMPLJUSTSKIN and the Sphynx Cat
Sphynx kittens for sale, Seattle
Welcome to RMPLJUSTSKIN - we are the Rose family - Kaity, Bob and Elise. I get lots of pleasure in caring for my Sphynx and breeding them, WE LOVE OUR HAIRLESS BABIES! We work as a team, cleaning, feeding, LOVING the cats. My husband even shares our bed with them and will get up in the middle of the night to warm a baby bottle if we need to supplement a newborn. I would not be able to provide the level of care that I do without the support of my family <3.
It doesn't matter how perfect or clean you keep your environment – sometimes they can get sick. With help and support from my mentor and friend, Peggy Smith of FANTCFUR, I have maintained very healthy and beautiful hairless babies, never denying them medical care. None of our cats, male or female, breed until they are over 1 year old, have been scanned for HCM and have been certified healthy by our vet for breeding. In the unfortunate event that one of our babies develops any kind of abnormality in heart or health, that cat will NOT breed. Retired breeders are also monitored and scanned to provide direction for our pedigree lines. Under no circumstance is breeding allowed between related cats, Sire and Dam come from different pedigrees.
I do not take finding my babies new families lightly. All families that I have placed kittens with have personally come to our home and keep in contact with me and keep me up-to-date on the kitties’ health and progress. All of our kitties have free roam of the house and are never, ever caged up! They a literally raised under foot and in our beds and I would expect the same of any potential family. Please review my contract before contacting me so you have an idea what I am expecting.
If I do not have any kittens available please refer to Peggy Smith FANTCFUR cattery. Often times adult Sphynx are also available. At RMPLJUSTSKIN Sphynx Cattery we take producing healthy, quality kittens very seriously. Please look through the pictures of our wonderful hairless family and contact me if you are interested in making a Sphynx kitten part of your family.
The Sphynx is a rare breed of cat known for its lack of a coat.
The Sphynx originated in Canada. By the 1800's it was close to extinction. The contemporary breed of Sphynx (known also as the Canadian Sphynx, distinct from the Russian Sphynx breeds - Peterbald, Don Sphynx) started in 1966, in Roncesvalles, Toronto when a hairless kitten named Prune was born. The kitten was mated with its mother (backcrossing), which produced one more naked kitten. Together with a few naked kittens found later it founded the first attempt to create a hairless breed. The first sphynx breeders faced a number of problems: The genetic pool was very limited; breeders had rather vague ideas about sphynx genetics, and many kittens died. There was also a problem with many of the females suffering convulsions. The last 2 descendants of Prune, a brother-sister pair, were sent to Holland in the 1970s, but the male was uninterested in mating and the female conceived only once, but lost the litter.
In 1978 and 1980, two further hairless female kittens were found in Toronto and were sent to Holland to be bred with Prune's last surviving male descendent. One female conceived, but she also lost the litter. By then, the one remaining male had been neutered, never having been interested in mating with any of the females. As a result, no modern Sphynx cats are traceable to Prune. With no male Sphynxes, breeders instead used sparsely-furred Devon Rex studs. Two hairless female kittens born in 1975 and 1976, Epidermis and Dermis, to barn cats in Minnesota became an important part of the Sphynx breeding program and further hairless cats were found in Texas, Arkansas and Minnesota. Modern Sphynx therefore trace their origins to the second Canadian bloodline and to the Minnesota cats.
In the early stages of the breed crosses with Devon Rex were used, but later this crossing was frowned upon because it caused health problems.
Outcrossing is still permitted using guidelines set down in the "standards" from each Feline Association around the globe.
The Sphynx appears to be a hairless cat, but it is not truly hairless. The skin texture resembles that of Chamois leather. It may be covered with vellus hair. Because the Sphynx cats have no pelt to keep them warm they huddle up against other animals and people. They tend to cuddle up and sleep with their owners under the covers. Lack of coat makes the cat quite warm to the touch. Whiskers and eyebrows may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent. The skin is the cooler their fur would be, and all the usual cat marking patterns (solid, point, van, tabby, tortie, etc.) may be found on Sphynx skin.
Sphynxes generally have wedge-shaped heads and sturdy, heavy bodies. Standards call for a full round abdomen, also known as pot bellies.
While Sphynx cats lack a coat to shed or groom, they are not maintenance free. Body oils, which would normally be absorbed by the hair, tend to build up on the skin. As a result, regular cleaning (usually in the form of bathing) is necessary; one bath a week is usually sufficient. Care should be taken to limit the Sphynx cat's exposure to outdoor sunlight at length, as they can develop sunburn and skin damage similar to that of humans. In general, Sphynx cats should never be allowed outdoors un-attended, as they have limited means to conserve body heat when it is cold. In some cases, owners will dress their cats in pet-sized coats in the winter to help them conserve body heat. Their curious nature can take them into dangerous places or situations.
Although Sphynx cats are sometimes thought to be hypoallergenic due to their lack of coat, this is not always the case for cat-specific allergies. Allergies to cats are triggered by a protein called Fel d1, not cat hair itself. Fel d1 is a tiny and sticky protein primarily found in cat saliva and sebaceous glands. Those with cat allergies may react worse to direct contact with Sphynx cats than other breeds. However, conflicting reports of some people successfully tolerating Sphynx cats also exist. However, these positive reports may be cases of desensitizing, wherein the "hairless" cat gave the owner optimism to try and own a cat, eventually leading to the positive situation of their own adaptation.
The Sphynx cat also appear to have more ear wax than most hairy domestic cats
because they have little to no hair in their ears to catch and protect them from a buildup of impurities in their ears, like dirt, skin oils (sebum), and ear wax which accumulates more frequently in the hairless Sphynx breed. The Sphynx cat’s ears will need to be cleaned on a weekly basis or as preferred by the owner.
How do I clean my Sphynx cat's ears and nails and what do I use?
This is the method we use to clean our Sphynx cat's ears: First, get kitty comfortable, maybe wrap in a warm towel. Soak a cotton ball in melted, warm coconut oil, place the cotton ball just inside the ear and gently message the base of the ear while folding it over the cotton ball, this loosens the dirt, wax and oil from the ear crevasses, take out the cotton ball and use a fresh cotton ball to wipe out the excess coconut oil and the loose soils from the ear. If you find there is still dirt or wax in the ear gently and carefully use a q-tip to clean the crevices of dirt while not going anywhere near the inner ear or canal. I like the coconut oil because it is absolutely safe and natural – and they don’t mind doing a little extra cleaning for you after because it tastes good.
The Sphynx breed also tends to accumulate oils and debris under their nails as well as the skin fold above the nail due to the lack of fur, so the nails and surrounding skin folds can be cleaned if it bothers you. My kitties will just walk around in a shallow warm bath and this loosens the gunk, I then (if I am taking them to a show) will use a soft bristle toothbrush with baby wash on it and “brush” their toes.
How often should I clip my Sphynx cat's nails and how?
We recommend clipping your Sphynx cat's nails every seven to ten days depending on how much you clip the nail back. They very much like jumping onto your back! OOCH. Your Sphynx cat should be resting comfortably on your lap. I put them on their backs, wrapped in a towel like a baby. I keep all areas wrapped up beside the one paw I am working on, I find this makes them feel secure in this vulnerable position. Hold a paw in one hand and press a toe pad gently to extend the claw. Notice the pink tissue (the quick) on the inside of the claw. Avoid the quick when you trim the claw. Cutting into it will cause pain and bleeding. Remove the sharp tip below the quick (away from the toe), clipping about halfway between the end of the quick and the tip of claw. If your cat becomes impatient, pet them and praise them and continue on, they are like kids, if you give up they will become custom to being fussy and not wanting to finish. So be persistent and get the job done! You can take a break from clipping – don’t let them
The Sphynx is recognized by Cat Fancy Association as being a healthy, robust breed. Lack of hair can cause health issues with kittens in the first weeks of life due to susceptibility to respiratory infections. Reputable breeders will not let their kittens go to new homes without being at least 12 weeks of age to ensure the kitten is mature enough to cope in a new environment. Due to their lack of protective fur, skin cancer may be a problem if exposed to sunlight for long duration of time.
The breed does have instances of the genetic disorder hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Studies are being undertaken to understand the links in breeding and the disorder. Sphynx cats can catch common feline diseases and should be immunized in the same way as other breeds.
Sphynxes are known for their extroverted behavior. They display a high level of energy, intelligence, curiosity, and affection for their owners.
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