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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Zentmyer

Why are Sphynx Kittens so Expensive?


Welcome to Pink Palace Sphynx! As a dedicated Sphynx breeder, I’m here to shed some light on the costs associated with breeding these unique and beloved hairless cats. Many potential pet buyers often wonder why Sphynx kittens come with a high price tag. In this blog, I’ll break down the various factors contributing to the cost of a Sphynx kitten, covering everything from health testing to the meticulous care provided by ethical breeders.





The Cost of Proper Health Testing


Health Testing Parents


Hip Dysplasia and Patellar Luxation Scans: Ensuring the health of Sphynx kittens starts with the parents. Responsible breeders perform scans for hip dysplasia and patellar luxation to prevent passing on these hereditary issues. Hip dysplasia can cause painful arthritis, and patellar luxation can lead to lameness. These scans require specialized equipment and veterinary expertise, adding to the overall cost. Each scan can cost several hundred dollars per cat, but it's a crucial step to ensure the health of future kittens. All of our adult cats are scanned free from Hip Dysplasia and Petellar Luxation before they are deemed suitable for breeding. Cats that do not pass these scans are never used for breeding within our program.


Genetic DNA Testing and Bloodwork: Comprehensive genetic DNA testing helps identify potential genetic disorders that could affect the kittens. This includes testing for conditions such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), which can cause blindness, and other genetic mutations common in the breed. Bloodwork further ensures that the breeding cats are in optimal health, checking for issues such as blood type compatibility, which is vital for the health of the kittens. Each genetic test can cost around $100, and bloodwork adds another $200 to $300 per cat. At Pink Palace Sphynx we test all of our adults for genetic health, blood typing and HCM DNA. Adult cats can have a number of blood tests run on them periodically thoughout their breeding time for various different reasons.


Prenatal and Postnatal Care: Maternity care for the mother cat includes regular vet check-ups to monitor her health and the development of the kittens. A high-quality diet rich in essential nutrients is provided to support her increased nutritional needs during pregnancy and nursing. A safe, comfortable environment for birthing includes a designated birthing area with clean, soft bedding. Postnatal care ensures that both the mother and the kittens receive the necessary medical attention and support. This includes additional vet visits, special dietary supplements, ultasounds, X-rays, potential emergency delivery and C-sections (which can cost thousands on their own) and around-the-clock monitoring, which can total several hundred to thousands of dollars per litter depending on the circumstances around each birth.


Emergency Care: Despite the best care, emergencies can happen. Emergency vet services, such as C-sections, are sometimes necessary to ensure the safety of the mother and kittens. These procedures are costly, with emergency C-sections often ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, depending on the complexity and timing. Having a reserve for emergency medical situations is essential for any responsible breeder.


Screening for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM): Sphynx cats are prone to HCM, a heart condition. Ethical breeders perform annual echocardiograms on breeding cats to detect and manage this condition early. This specialized test is performed by veterinary cardiologists and is a significant investment in the health of the breeding cats and their offspring. Each echocardiogram can cost between $600 - $1.200 with a board certified cardiologist, but early detection can save on more costly treatments and ensure healthier kittens. At Pink Palace Sphynx, we scan every 6-9 months, and each queen is usually scanned before each litter she has.


Veterinary Care for Kittens


Vaccinations and Wellness Exams: Kittens receive a series of vaccinations to protect against common feline diseases such as Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (FVRCP). These vaccinations are given in a series of shots over several weeks. Regular wellness exams monitor their development and overall health, ensuring they are growing properly and free from illness. Each vet visit and vaccination series can cost $100 per kitten per visit. At Pink Palace Sphynx your kitten will not leave with less than 2 wellness visits and vaccinations .


Deworming, Bloodwork, and Fecal Exams

: Appropriate deworming schedules are followed to eliminate internal parasites such as roundworms and tapeworms. Blood work helps detect any underlying health issues early on, while fecal exams ensure that the kittens are free from parasites that could affect their health. Testing for FeLV/FIV snap tests ensures that your kitten is free from Feline Leukemia and FIV. These procedures add another $100-$150 per kitten.

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Spay and Neuter: Before going to their new homes, kittens are spayed or neutered to prevent future health problems and contribute to responsible pet ownership. This procedure, performed by a licensed veterinarian, costs around $400 per kitten, depending on the clinic and the sex of the kitten. Every kitten that leaves Pink Palace Sphynx will be spayed or neutered before they leave. We do not utilize low-cost spay and neuter clinics. We do not use risky anesthetics and perform pre-op blood work. No reputable breeder places the responsibilities or risks of spay and neuter on their pet parents. A pet kitten should never come intact. This is not an expense that should be skipped.


Cost of Showing Adult Breeding Cats


Why Showing is Important: Showing cats in cat shows is crucial for any reputable breeder. It provides an opportunity to have the cats evaluated by professional judges against breed standards. This helps ensure that the cats are of the highest quality and meet the breed’s physical and temperamental standards. Showing also helps breeders stay informed about the latest breeding practices and trends, ensuring continuous improvement. Even if you never plan to show your kitten, it is important that you are buying from a breeder that understands and can demonstrate their understanding and conformance to the established breed standards for Sphynx.


Expenses Involved: Participating in cat shows involves entry fees, which can range from $100 - $300 per show. Travel expenses, including transportation, lodging, and meals, can add up, especially for out-of-town shows. Grooming supplies, including high-quality shampoos, brushes, and grooming tools, are necessary to keep the cats in top condition. These expenses accumulate quickly but are necessary to establish the breeder’s reputation and the quality of their cats. A single show weekend can easily cost several hundred dollars, and breeders often attend multiple shows per year.


High-Quality Diet and Environment


Feeding Adults and Kittens


High-Quality Diets: Both adult cats and kittens require high-quality, nutritious diets to support their health and development. This includes premium cat food and specialized kitten formulas, which come at a higher cost than standard pet food. High-quality diets ensure that the cats receive all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients they need for optimal health. Monthly food costs for a medium-sized cattery like Pink Palace Sphynx can easily run over $800 per month without kittens. Adding in kitten milk replacement and additional raw and kibble for kittens can easily push the monthly feed bill over $1,000.00


Professional Grade Cleaning Supplies: Maintaining a clean and sanitary environment is crucial for the health of the cats. Professional-grade cleaning supplies and non-stop laundering of bedding and soft materials ensure that the cattery remains a safe and healthy place for the cats and kittens. High-efficiency washers and dryers, disinfectants, and cleaning agents can add up to a significant monthly expense, often totaling $100 or more.


Cattery and Nursery Setup: Creating a cattery and nursery that is cat-friendly and safe can be a substantial investment. This includes building or modifying spaces to provide ample room for the cats to roam, play, and socialize. High-quality enclosures, climbing structures, and comfortable resting areas are essential. The initial setup can cost upwards of $25,000, considering the need for durable materials, safety features, and aesthetic appeal.


Utilities: Maintaining a comfortable environment for Sphynx cats, who are sensitive to temperature changes, requires constant climate control. Heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems ensure that the cattery stays within a comfortable temperature range year-round. Utility bills can be significantly higher due to the need for constant heating, particularly in colder months.


Conclusion: The True Cost of a Sphynx Kitten


Owning a Sphynx kitten is a significant investment, but the costs reflect the extensive care, testing, and commitment involved in breeding healthy, well-socialized cats. At Pink Palace Sphynx, we prioritize the health and well-being of our cats, ensuring that each kitten receives the best start in life.


When you purchase a Sphynx kitten from an ethical breeder like Pink Palace Sphynx, you are not just paying for a pet; you are investing in a companion whose health and lineage have been meticulously cared for. This investment helps ensure that your Sphynx kitten will be a healthy, happy member of your family for years to come.


If you’re interested in bringing a Sphynx kitten into your home, we encourage you to consider the long-term benefits of choosing an ethical breeder. The investment you make upfront ensures that you’re getting a healthy, well-adjusted companion who will bring joy to your life for years to come.


Thank you for considering Pink Palace Sphynx for your new feline family member. We have kittens for sale and are here to answer any questions you may have about the breed, the cost, and the care involved. Feel free to contact us for more information and to begin the journey of welcoming a Sphynx kitten into your home.


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