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  • My Sphinx is getting very spotty!DateSat Jun 11, 2011 4:32 pm

    Your cat definitely gets far too much fat. Kitten 34 is only for kittens up to 4 months old and kitten 36 is up to 12 months of age. If you keep feeding your cat such high energy food you may have obesity problems with your cat and the spots you are describing are very likely a consequence of high fat diet. I would advise you to swap to adult cat food like sterilised 37, indoor 27 or even mix with light 40. Spots should go away soon. Make sure she gets plenty of water and exercise

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  • How to choose a SphynxDateSun Jun 05, 2011 4:39 pm
    Forum post by Sphynx Haven. Topic: How to choose a Sphynx

    Sphynx are susceptible to HCM so I would advise to check that both parents of the kitten are HCM negative. Please read up on the is The Health Section. Also ask for parent's FIV, FeLV, FIP results. Some breeders may also offer corona virus and taxoplasmosis tests. Please read up on these diseases just to understand what to ask for and what they are.
    Yes vaccinations are also very important All adult cats, and the kitten you buying MUST have up to date vaccinations. If you getting a kiten of 3-4 months old they must have 2 rounds of vaccinations: the first time at around 8th week and a booster at around the 12th week of kittens life. You shoud not accept a kitten before it is at least 13 weeks old because it must stay in the cattery for at least a week after vaccination in case it gets ill. Immune system of the yong cats is not as strong as adult cats.

  • Help! My cat has bloody diarrhea !!! DateSun Jun 05, 2011 4:17 pm

    What was the last time you de-wormed your cat?
    There are few reasons that can cause blood to appear in your cat's stool. Some are minor and some are very serious.
    If it lasts over 2 days it is the best to consult with your vet.
    Very often, the cause of bloody stools is the presence of intestinal parasites. Giardia and coccidian are two types of parasites which can cause your cat to have bloody diarrhea. Your vet will prescribe the treatment required.
    Some bacteria can cause infection, resulting in blood in the stool. Some bacterial infections can cause colitis (inflammation in the bowel). Medication is often required to get rid of infection.
    You shouldn't ignore bloody stool, especially diarrhea. Have your pet evaluated by your veterinarian as soon as possible.
    You could always give Pro-Kolin+ to stop diarrhea and deworm your cat with Drontal Cat but I would advise the vet consultation.
    Hope this helps. Keep us posted

  • Sphynx HealthDateSun May 29, 2011 11:05 am
    Forum post by Sphynx Haven. Topic: Sphynx Health

    I am not going to guess what it is. Pls bring your kitten to the vet ASAP! The vet will be able to tell you what the problem is and prescribe the treatment needed. It is dangerous for kitten to have constant diarrhoea as she can get dehydrated, and if mouth ulceration stops her from eating its even worse! Dehydrated and malnourished kitten is not good news at all.
    It can be anything including the cat flu. Also, what is your kitten vaccinated for? Even cats vaccinated agains cat flu are still susceptible to it. Please check her into the vets ASAP. Keep us posted. Hope she is better soon.

  • How to choose a SphynxDateFri May 27, 2011 11:41 am
    Forum post by Sphynx Haven. Topic: How to choose a Sphynx

    I believe no sphynx is the same. They have different personalities and looks.
    If you are looking for one do some research and contact a reputable breeder. I would advise to take your wife when choosing one.
    Look if the kitten comes from a healthy background. You have a right to ask to see up-to-date health check results of the queen and the stud.

  • Sphynx HealthDateThu May 26, 2011 9:58 pm

    Cats including Sphynx are susceptible to many diseases. The main few you should be careful off when geting a kitten are FeLV, FIV, FIP, Corona virus and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy(HCM).

    FeLV (Feline Leukemia) is a viral disease caused by retrovirus FeLV. The incubation period can last for years and if affects cats of all ages. Disease sympthoms include decreasing appetite ad body weight, lethargy, fever, inflammation of gums, clear mucus,enlarged lymph nodes, persistent diarrhea, different eye conditions just to mention a few.
    It is impossible to accurately predict the life expectancy of a cat infected with FeLV. With appropriate care, under ideal conditions, infected cats can maintain good health for many months, although most succumb to a FeLV-related disease within two or three years after becoming infected. If your cat has already experienced one or more severe illnesses as a result of FeLV infection, or if persistent fever, weight loss, or cancer is present, a much shorter survival time expected.
    Due to weakaned immune system secondary infections like FIV and FIP may also follow.
    There is a vaccine against FeLV.

    FIV - Feline Immunodeficiency Retrovirus - Lentivirus(slow virus). Early in the course of infection, the virus is carried to nearby lymph nodes, where it reproduces in white blood cells. The virus then spreads to other lymph nodes throughout the body.
    An infected cat's health may deteriorate progressively.
    Symptoms include persistent fever, loss of appetite, inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and mouth (stomatitis), chronic or recurrent infections of the skin, urinary bladder, persistent diarrhea, a variety of eye conditions, slow but progressive weight loss followed by severe wasting late in the disease process.
    Some infected cats experience seizures, behavior changes, and other neurological disorders.
    It is impossible to accurately predict the life expectancy of a cat infected with FIV. With appropriate care, under ideal conditions, many infected cats will remain in apparent good health for many months or years. If the cat has already had one or more severe illnesses as a result of FIV infection, or if persistent fever and weight loss are present, a much shorter survival time can be expected.
    There is no vaccine for FIV invented.

    FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) is fatal consequence of coronavirus (FCoV) infection in cats. The majority of cats infected with coronaviruses lead perfectly normal lives. However, if you are thinking of buying a pedigree (purebred) kitten - INSIST that he or she is feline coronavirus (FCoV) free - otherwise you may be buying heartache. At present, there is no treatment for FIP.
    Symptoms include upper respiratory infection: sneezing, watery eyes, and nasal discharge. Others give the appearance of having intestinal problems: diarrhea, weight loss and lethargy. Many cats have nonspecific symptoms: intermittent loss of appetite, depression, weight loss, and fever.
    There is a vaccine against FIP but it is still contraversial.

    FCoV - Feline Enteric Coronavirus is an enveloped single-stranded RNA virus that is highly contagious among cats in close contact. Most catteries are corona positive. This situation is fairly harmless - the problem arises when the virus mutates within a single cat. However only about 5 % of all cats who have contracted the virus, will actually develop FIP. That gives you an average survival rate of 95%.

    HCM- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
    is the most common heart disease found in Sphynx cats. This is a genetic disease that can happen at any time to any breeder regardless of scanning and precautions. HCM is a thickening of the left ventricle wall of the heart. he thickened wall sometimes distorts one leaflet of the mitral valve, causing it to leak.Fluid can leak into the lungs causing heart failure.
    Blood clots can form in the left atrium & be carried into the systemic arterial system, most often lodging in the terminal artery, causing paralysis of the hind legs.
    Many cats that have heart conditions show no symptoms (ie heart murmur) when checked by a non-specialist vet.
    Respectable breeders are proactive and scan their breeding cats annually at board certified cardiologists to ensure they are breeding healthy cats.
    A cat with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may display no symptoms at all, but die suddenly and unexpectedly. Symptoms may include:lethargy, anorexia, weight loss, rapid, laboured and noisy breathing, decreased activity, congestive heart failure, irregular heart rhythm, heart murmur, gagging, lameness or paralysis of the hind legs.

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