Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What makes Furless Feline different from other breeders?
• I am an ethical breeder that adheres to TICA’s standard. I do not offer stud services or sell breeding rights; my cattery is open to potential adopters.
• My cats are never caged, they are socialized with my family and are treated as members of our family.
• My cats are scanned annually and are HCM negative. All cats entering the breeding program are assessed for FeLV/FIV, PCR fecal and parasites.
• I care for the Sphynx breed and breed cats that are healthy and genetically superior. To create a superior cat, it is imperative to select healthy parents and peform personality testing (social and behavior), color testing (markings and color), and strict medically screenings (to prevent genetic mutations).
• I breed discriminatory and only cats in good health, with good genes, and a good breed type are selected.
• I breed my cats to achieve healthy bone structure with distinguished markings and color.
Will my kitten by spayed or neutered?
Yes, all kittens leaving the cattery will be spayed/neutered. We adhere to a strict early neutering program.
At what age can I get my kitten?
Kittens will go home when they are 12-16 weeks of age, with age appropriate vaccinations.
When do I have to take my kitten to the vet?
Your kitten will come with a health certificate from a veterinarian along with copies of the negative HCM scan from both parents. You must take your kitten to the veterinarian within 48 hours after receiving your kitten.
Do I have to sign a contract?
Yes, you must sign a contract 2 weeks before the kitten is ready to go to his/her forever home. I will email you the contract, you must sign the contract and mail it back to me with your original signature. Failing to sign the contract will result in a lost deposit and payments. Under no circumstances will I release a kitten without a signed contract.
How do I get a kitten?
How old is my kitten when I get it?
Kittens will be ready for pick-up at 16 weeks of age.
What happens once my application is submitted?
1. I will contact you after I receive and approve the application.
2a. If there are current kittens available, you can put a $500 deposit on the kitten through a credit card or PayPal. The remainder of the balance must be paid when the kitten turns 12 weeks old or before you pick up the kitten, whichever is first.
2b. If there are not any kittens available, you can join the wait list. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, there is a $100 deposit that is non-refundable should you choose not to buy a cat, but it will be applied to the final purchase price of your kitten. We have a pass/pick wait list. Once kittens are three weeks old, we will go down the list and allow each person to pick or pass until they find their purrfect match! You never know how many people may pass before you so join the list now! We accept Venmo or PayPal (choose the family/friend option) for the wait list fee. The wait list will be updated as deposits are accepted for each litter. South Sphynx reserves the right to have first pick of any kitten(s) from any litter to keep for our program.
3. You will need to choose a veterinarian that is familiar with the Sphynx breed. I will call your preferred veterinarian to confirm that you have set up an appointment.
4. We can set up a payment plan if you choose, but your kitten must be paid for in full when the kitten turns 12 weeks old.
5. We will set up a delivery method to receive your kitten if you are unable to pick-up your kitten directly. If the kitten needs to be flown, the kitten will be accompanied with a nanny. A nanny is usually an off-duty flight attendant that will provide the specialized care that a Sphynx/Elf/Bambino/Dwelf kitten needs.
What happens if my cat grows hair?
Sphynx can grow hair in odd places such as their tail, side, heads and other places. Sometimes cats grow a winter coat and some just grow a coat. You do not get a refund if your cat grows hair as this is a natural occurrence in the Sphynx breed.
Does Furless Feline offer stud services or sell cats to breed cats?
No, we do not offer stud services or breeding rights. Our cattery is closed to protect the health of my kittens.
What medical testing do I need to do on my Sphynx?
Immunizations are extremely important to adhere to. Your kitten/cat can die of a reaction. NEVER give FIP vaccines to your kitten. It is extremely important to find a vet that is familiar with the Sphynx breed! Sphynx have been known to have adverse reactions to vaccinations for FeL/FIV. We recommend 4 FVRCP 2 FeLV, 1 Rabies during the first year of life then FVRCP and Rabies annually for life. No FIP vaccinations ever. First FVRCP starting between 6-8 weeks then every 4 weeks until 16 weeks. Breeder is not held responsible for any warranty for Kitten/Cat against any adverse reactions to these or any other future vaccinations. Breeder does not advise any of their Kittens/Cats be vaccinated for FIP, Ringworm, or Giardia. FIP vaccines are often fatal if your cat has ever been exposed to the coronavirus, which 90% of cats in a multiple cat household have been. They will break out with the fatal form of FIP if given the vaccine. There is no known treatment for FIP and it is fatal. Purchaser agrees and understands that if any of these vaccines are given at any time throughout the life of the Kitten/Cat then the health guarantee and contract is void.
The purchaser understands that it is REQUIRED that all current cats owned in the Purchaser’s home should be combo tested for FIV/Leukemia BEFORE bringing in their new Sphynx kitten. This also applies for any outdoor cats that may come into the home and come into contact with your Sphynx. This combo test is a quick blood test usually costing around 40 dollars that can be completed within 20 min. at your vet’s office. By not following this requirement the purchaser is aware that they may be putting their Sphynx at risk of contracting FIV and or Leukemia. An annual echocardiogram is strongly recommended for your cat/kitten. This helps identify HCM in the cat. We scan our breeding cats annually and breed selectively, but HCM is inherent in the Sphynx breed]
Do you have an outcrossing program?
We have a tailored outcrossing program that adds diversity to the Sphynx gene pool. Our program only uses specific breeds that are approved by TICA.
What do I do if my cat gets sick?
We guarantee our kittens for 48-hours after pick-up and until the age of three for life threatening congenital defects including HCM. If your cats get sick, call me. You are responsible if your cat becomes ill after the 48-hour health check is completed. After the 48-hour health guarantee period, the Breeder cannot be held accountable for future diagnosis of FeL/FIV or any other bacterial, viral, infectious diseases, or parasites due to the fact that these can be contracted anywhere in the environment after leaving the cattery and are not a result of genetics or breeding.
How do I know you are a legitimate breeder?
Due the expense of the cats there are many “scammers” out there. I am a registered cattery with TICA and WFA. My website is linked to my TICA and WFA registration. I do not recommend anyone to purchase a kitten from a cattery that is not registered with TICA or WFA. If you are purchasing a kitten do your research. If the cattery is asking for money via Western Union hang-up the phone.
Are Any Catteries Endorsed by TICA?
No. This cattery has not been inspected by and is not endorsed by The International Cat Association, Inc. TICA. TICA does not endorse any specific Catteries.