These are the reasons why Sphynx cat can be so expesive

Why Sphynx Cats are so expensive

Some people considering getting a Sphynx cat or researching them may have noticed that hairless cats are among the most expensive felines.

Here are the main factors why Sphynx cats can be more expensive:

  1. Great breeders reputation
  2. Perfect Kittens and their parents health
  3. Clean and healthy environment
  4. Regular health checks and vaccinations
  5. Kittens and parents diet
  6. Hygiene and vitamins
  7. Toys, Clothes and Entertainment
  8. Rarity of the skin or eyes color

In the last few years, prices for a Sphynx kitten reached upwards of £1500. And this price did not include TICA or GCCF registration. 
Since many new hobby breeders have decided to breed and sell their kittens in 2021, the prices of the same newborns have declined.
Because of this reason, you can find a Sphynx kitten for anywhere from £500 to £1100. Sphynx kitten for that price would be registered as a home pet only.
Sphynx kittens in the database of TICA or GCCF organisations with active registration can be valued anywhere from £1000- £2000.
Greatly bred and healthy Sphynx kitten’s price can be anywhere from £1000-to £2000.
It could be that the kittens selling at a lower price have a health condition, or the breeder has a surplus of kittens and wants to sell them as soon as possible. 
That is the cause why it is essential to find a reputable breeder who does not over-breed their cats, as, by the GCCF regulations, one female queen cat can have up to 3 litters in 2 years, and a healthy cat – after six years old – should never be used for breeding again.
If we lived in a world where only great breeders would exist, Sphynx cats would still be quite pricy. So let’s get into the details of why Sphynx cats are so expensive.

Our goal for this blog post – is to reveal the secrets behind the high costs of acquiring and raising Sphynx cats.

8 Reasons Why Sphynx cats are so expensive

1. Breeders reputation

The main reason behind the higher price of Sphynx cats would be their breeder’s reputation. However, as mentioned before, there are a lot of hobby breeders who do it without critically important knowledge and take it not severe enough. 
According to one study, pedigree cats have an average kitten mortality rate of 34.5% (8-40%) from birth to one year, compared to 10-17% in non-pedigree cats. If the kittens are in the wrong hands’ the percentage of dying kittens would increase even more. 

A breeder with an excellent reputation will have reviews from existing Sphynx cat owners. Adult cats being scanned for HCM(Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) – annually, FeLV-FIV tested – negative. 
The kitten will be sent to a new home no earlier than three months old, with two vaccines, a microchip, and a full veterinarian passport. 
If the kitten is sent home without its second vaccine -, it might cause health problems.
In general – reputable breeders won’t be afraid to show how their home looks and answer all of your questions. Transparency is the essential thing you should look after when deciding to adopt a kitten.

2. Perfect kittens and parents health

To ensure that kittens are raised healthy, their parents have perfect health. Adult Sphynx cats must be scanned for HCM annually, FeLV-FIV tested – negative. These test results should be transparent for every family that wants to adopt a kitten.

Sphynxes have to be kept in a clean home. Rabies, FVRCP vaccinations made on time. If vaccinations are late, Sphynx cats are prone to many diseases and viruses that can be caught in a dirty environment. Dirty clothes, shoe steps, and other pets that interact with the outside could pass the bacteria or virus. 

3. Clean and healthy environment

Sphynxes are indoor cats that need to be kept inside in a clean and healthy environment. A tiny bacteria can be caught from multiple sources, open windows, dust, shoes, other pets, etc. That is why it is crucial to keep your home bacteria and virus-free.

A simple bacteria could spread a very harmful disease thru all of your cats, and most of the time – it is fatal if the necessary medicine/ antibiotics aren’t given on time. 
Vaccinations every year are much less expensive than a round of antibiotics. That is why it’s super important to leave your shoes behind the doors, live in a clean environment, space should be ventilated, and yearly vaccinations given on time!

4. Regular health checks and vaccinations

The most common reason behind a sick kitten is overlooked deworming treatments. 
Deworming is crucial for your cat’s health as a diet. Forgotten treatments could develop multiple health conditions.

The most common signs of missed deworming:

  • Lack of appetite 
  • Fever
  • Itchy bottom
  • Vomiting

These treatments cost around £30-£50 at the vet clinics and could be done at home.
Veterinarians suggest having a notepad where these health-related occasions are written down.

Annual HCM scans and Felv – FIV tests are crucial for the cat’s health.

One HCM scan in the UK will cost around £450. Felv- FIV tests need to be made twice a year, and they cost £50.
The parents had a disease that wasn’t treated on time and passed to the kitten later.
All of these factors have to be maintained – at all times, and it gets pricy when one household has 3-10 adult Sphynx cats.

5. Kittens and parents diet

Sphynx cats are more prone to gastrointestinal problems, including vomiting, diarrhoea, and constipation. Sphynx cats have a shorter digestive system than other cat breeds. Furthermore, Sphynx cats are also sensitive to dietary supplements and certain types of food. As a result, these cats require a high-quality diet explicitly tailored to their needs.

Every Sphynx cat has different stomachs and allergies that could affect your cat’s general health. So before grabbing your new kitty, please make sure that the breeder introduces you to the right food brand, as Sphynx cats and kittens must be fed with good quality food.
Your breeder should know the best food brand for your kitten and if they are keener to dry or wet food. 

What to look out for on the kitten’s food packaging ingredients list:

  • Complete and balanced label (more info about AAFCO here)
  • Named protein source – look out for ”chicken”, ”beef”, ”lamb”, ”turkey”, ”pork”, ”duck”, rather than just simple ”meat”
  • The protein source should be the first one on the list of ingredients.
  • Grain-free with no corn, soy, or wheat
  • Moisture-rich
  • Short ingredients list
  • Made without any top cat food allergens

Most of the time, Kittens food that has all of these aspects will cost about 2-3 times more than just regular cat food. Imagine having a household of 6 kittens and five adult cats – it could get quite pricy. 

It is essential to know that if you decide to change the food, it is important to introduce it slowly by adding bigger and bigger portions to the previous food until the new one reaches the same weight; this applies to adult cats. Otherwise – your kitties’ belly could hurt. 

6. Hygiene and vitamins

Sphynx cats need to have an often bath, at least once in 2 weeks, ears cleaned, and nails clipped once in a week or two – it requires quite a decent amount of time. Until the time when your kitten is ready to go home, it should be introduced to all of these processes. Most hairless cats are very patient and love to be clean; it should not cause many issues.

What to look out for on the hygiene products component list for Sphynx cats:

Common mistake – the same hygiene products are used for Sphynx cats, even though they irritate the skin. One of the products – wet tissues – shouldn’t be used on hairless cats, as in the long run, they might develop rare skin conditions. Of course, every cat is different, so please take your time to find a product that works for you and your baby.

  • Gentle
  • Natural ingredients
  • Non-irritating
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Rich in vitamins
  • Has anti-itch properties
  • Scent-free
  • Does not stain

Here is the list of most important vitamins for your cat:

Vitamin A is important for vision, bone and tooth growth, reproduction, and maintenance of skin and mucous membranes.

Vitamin D supplement can increase the levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood to support growth and maintenance of bones.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

Vitamin K is necessary for the normal clotting process.

Thiamin plays a role in carbohydrate metabolism.

Riboflavin is a vitamin that helps the body release energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

Pantothenic acid is an essential nutrient for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and some amino acids.

Niacin Necessary for processing fats, carbohydrates, and protein

Pyridoxine helps metabolize amino acids, glucose, and fatty acids.

Folic acid is important for the synthesis of DNA and the amino acid methionine.

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that helps make fatty acids, some amino acids, and DNA/RNA.

Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to problems with energy production and nerve function.

Choline is an essential nutrient that is found in cell membranes, and it helps with lipid transport. 

7. Toys, clothes and entertainment

Cats naturally are born to play, sleep, eat and repeat. Living in a household with multiple proactive cats can lead to numerous problems, such as – scratching, inappropriate urination, over-vocalization, depression, aggression, etc. Having a cat tree on almost every corner is essential for healthy cats. What to mention about nutritional human parents’ health… 

Sphynx cats have only a tiny bit of fur; they require a wardrobe with clothes for the colder seasons. A heater would be a bonus. We love to use ultra-red panel heaters.

8. Rarity of the skin or eyes color

Sphynx cats are one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. They come in all sorts of colors, and each one commands a higher price than the average cat. 

The most common colors of the Sphynx are:

  • Pink
  • Ginger
  • Red
  • Chocolate
  • The more rare colors:
  • Blue
  • Levander
  • Black
  • Bi-color (can involve multiple colors – depends on the parent’s gene)
  • Tri-color
  • Calico
  • Tabby
  • Tortoiseshell
  • Pointed
  • Mink