The realization of the cherished dream is getting closer and closer, but choosing a kitten is not at all easy, especially for such a specific breed as the Sphynx. After all, these cats are very different from their fluffy counterparts. It is necessary to approach the choice of a kitten seriously. Please note that any doubt when choosing a future pet is a reason to refuse.
It does not matter what level of kitten you are planning to buy, purchase the animal only from a registered cattery or from a professional breeder. If you saw your dream at a trade show, get to know the owner, find out the pedigree of the kittens and their parents, and agree that you will pick up the kitten from home.
Take the time to look on the Internet. On specialized sites you can find reviews about the cattery you are interested in, data on the parents of the kitten you are planning to purchase. This is especially important if you are purchasing a high-end pet.
Sphynx kittens have very fragile health, so make sure that your future pet is helminthized and vaccinated against rabies and infectious diseases. Keep in mind that as long as the kitten feeds on its mother's milk, it receives natural protection against all infections. The vaccine begins to have a protective effect two weeks after it has been given. This means that your kitten must be vaccinated at least two weeks before you take him home.
Don't get too young kittens. There is an opinion that the older the sphinx, the more difficult it is to get used to a new home. In fact, this is only related to the temperament of the individual. Moreover, the older the kitten, the easier it will adapt to a new place of residence, a new food and a new owner. Therefore, do not be afraid to purchase grown kittens at the age of 5-8 months. The earliest age for the purchased animal is 2.5 months.
When you come home to the breeder, pay attention to the conditions in which the animals live. The main thing is that the apartment is clean, and the animals look calm and healthy. Too many animals are not a good sign - high crowding can be a prerequisite for the development of many infectious diseases.
A good breeder will not hide anything from you. On the contrary, he will not be indifferent to the fate of the kitten he sells to you. A serious breeder is always interested in the careers of animals from his cattery. If you are not planning to show your pet, be honest about it. PET-class kittens are much cheaper, but they will bring you just as much joy.
When choosing a kitten, take your time, spend some time with the animals, watch them. Make sure that all kittens in the litter are actively playing, toilet trained, and good contact with you. If at least one kitten looks lethargic and lethargic, think about it - this is a cause for concern. Some diseases have a long incubation period. Choosing an outwardly healthy kitten, you may face a number of problems in the future.
Play with the chosen kitten, pet it. The "correct" sphinx is flattering, purring, arching its back with pleasure, playing. The kitten should not hiss, be intimidated by you, release its claws and show other signs of aggression. With age, the individual temperament of cats does not change, do not have an evil animal in the house.
Look at the external condition of the kitten. He must be sufficiently well-nourished, clean and healthy. The skin around the anus should not be irritated, have traces of feces or discharge. Normally, the skin in this area is moderately pink. The skin on the body should be clean, without blackheads, scratches or scratches. Sometimes kittens have a small rash on the tail. It goes away with age.
Check that the eyes and ears are clean, there is no discharge from the nose, and the tummy should be soft. Also look at the kitten's mom. A lactating cat is not very attractive in appearance, but she should be calm, well-fed and look content.