Please take the time to read this article... it is long, however, you will be glad you did!
ALL CITIZENKAT KITTENS ARE SPECIAL AND DIFFERENT THAN MOST THE REST!!! WE PRIDE OURSELVES IN GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR OUR CATS AND FUTURE PET ADOPTERS! ALL KITTENS ARE RAISED IN AN EXTREMELY SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT - USUALLY IN MY BEDROOM. THEY ARE VACCINATED, MICROCHIPPED, COME WITH WRITTEN CONTRACT, SPAYED/NEUTERED PRIOR TO PLACEMENT AND COME FROM REGIONAL WINNING, SUPREME GRAND CHAMPION LINES.
ADOPTION PROCESS: All kittens are carefully placed into loving, responsible homes. If you are interested in adopting a kitten or cat, please email me and then I will set up a time to have a phone conversation with you. I feel it is best that we get to know each other before I place a cat/kitten in a home. We prefer to place locally, but we will consider great homes further away. We do encourage you to be on our waiting list as we have few litters a year. If there is a serious interest or a deposit is accepted, then we can arrange for a home visit.
PRICE: Citizenkat pet Sphynx kittens are $1575. (The kitten will be vaccinated, microchipped and spayed/neutered) We do not charge according to color or eye color. We do not offer discounts or bargains unless we have a special needs cat or a retired breeder. We also do not barter for goods or services (ie website design, etc)
WHEN: Kitten is expected to go home within one week after "go-home" date. Pet kittens are placed in their new homes at 12-14 weeks. A lot of people know that puppies can be placed ethically at 8 weeks. This is not true of cats. Cats should not be placed until they are at least 12 weeks old as they are not developed enough. Placement varies depending on development which varies by litter and even by individual kittens in the litter.
SHIPPING: If you are far away, you can physically fly here (Philadelphia or Trenton Airport) and pick up your cat in person. Then your new kitten will ride with you under the seat on the flight back. We do NOT ship in cargo as we believe our babies are precious and deserve royal treatment. They should not be scared, sitting in the belly of a plane and around other various animals. There have been incidents where pets have been injured or killed flying in cargo. It can be time consuming to do this, but your new baby is worth it.
We will fly your kitten to you for the cost of the airline ticket and additional fee. Please email for details about that.
Read this sad, heartbreaking news story about a death in shipping in cargo: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1357569/Airline-offers-paltry-300-loss-owners-prized-hairless-kitten.html
DEPOSIT INFO: A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold the cat. Deposits must be received within 5 business days after decision. This deposit shows a serious interest in the kitten and I am also then required not to place the cat with anyone else and I send potential pet buyers elsewhere for their kittens.
VISITATION / PHOTOS: We welcome all pet adopters to come visit often to see their babies grow up. Some breeders do not allow this for a variety of bogus reasons. If you are not local or cannot make many visits, you will be sent photos and videos about once a week of your kitten so you will get to see your new baby grow up.
BUT THERE ARE OTHER PLACES THAT OFFER KITTENS FOR LESS! WHY THE PRICE? Citizenkat is different than most! While this may seem like a lot of money... it is worth it. And usually, you get what you pay for.
*You cannot assume you will get this somewhere else. Some catteries have every color, claim to have "rare" colors, or lots of litters and cheap kittens. I have heard of breeders with over 30 to 50 cats. Some of them are smart and just have 4-5 cats on their website and really have a lot more. Check out any breeder well! Go to their house and see how all their cats live. I have no idea how those cats can possibly be socialized and loved! If you purchasing from them, it is helping keep a kitten mill sustained. Plus, it is not likely your kitten will have been socialized properly and may not be healthy. If I am not local enough for you, or you cannot wait to get a kitten, or I do not have kittens available - I will gladly refer you to someone reputable who you will get a fantastic kitten from. You WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!
I HAVE DECIDED TO BUY FROM A BREEDER THAT SCANS REGULARLY FOR HCM:
This is great news! First, you must check and see if the breeder uses board certified cardiologists. There are a few breeders that scan just at their (non board certified) vet's office and will NOT tell you unless you ask. My regular vet would not even offer and/or refuse to scan a cat because he acknowledges that he is not skilled enough to do it. It is not ethical for a non-board certified vet to scan a cat for HCM as the results may be incorrect either way. I have heard of (non-board certified aka regular) vets diagnosing cats with HCM, then when taken to the cardiologist they do not have HCM and vice versa) The board certified cardiologist go to school for an extra 3 years and there is a VERY good reason for this. The heart is very complex.
Please read my article here to learn more: Citizenkat HCM Article
I WANT TO BREED! Imagine you are going off to college - this is the amount of information you will need to learn to breed responsibly and ethically. We will be happy to assist you, but all new breeders working with us must show an altered Sphynx first before we will consider placing a whole cat. Breeding is a time consuming and requires a ton of learning and relationships need to be developed. We firmly believe all responsible/ethical breeders have a responsibility to show a minimum of 4 times a year. It is best to get an alter to ensure the Sphynx breed is for you and you enjoy showing! This way you get to meet other breeders, learn about genetics, pedigrees and the standards and eventually be able to select the best cat for your program. If you do get a show alter from us, and it works out mutually, we will place another kitten with you for the pet cost, not the breeder cost. You might think it is time wasted, but going into something more prepared and slowly is the best way and is actually time saved!
PLEASE NOTE: The ONLY hairless cats recognized by TICA are Sphynx and Peterbalds. Any other type of hairless cat is not a recognized breed.
Retired Breeders Available / Older Kittens
Retired breeders make wonderful pets still as they are still as playful as the kittens!
Occasionally retired breeders will be available to approved homes. As a breeder, I cannot keep all cats and they need to find that special forever home. Unfortunately some people believe that breeders just "throw away" their retired cats. For me, placing retired cats is one of the hardest things I have to do as a breeder. I loved them for several years and they are truly my pets and forever in my heart. Cats do well in smaller numbers and to continue breeding these beautiful cats... it is best that I rehome some of them.
For this reason, retired breeders will only go to very special homes and those who have adopted from us before get priority for retired breeders. Priority also goes to raw feeding homes as my cats have been fed raw all their lives. Another requirement is that at least two times, unless otherwise noted, I will pay to have the cat scanned at my cardiologist (and only my cardiologist). This means you have to drive to Towson Maryland or drive the cat back to my home. You are also required to give 6 month updates with photos.
Retired breeding cats are usually about $800 and include neuter or spay, microchip, previously HCM scanned, and a current dental.
Please email me for information on retirees. Usually my retirees have homes months before they are actually placed.
Please complete application below and contact me for further details
IMPORTANT: We care about the health and future of our cats, so there is a requirement that these retired adults be available for HCM scanning in the future at least once a year. The scan is a simple, 10 minute exam on an ultrasound machine that is non-invasive and will be of no cost to you.
1.) Interested in cat/kitten?
4.) If you do not hear from me in 72 hours, resend inquiry again. Sometimes emails get lost or put in junk mail.
This questionnaire is designed to help get a base knowledge of what your interests are and your household so I can help you select the best possible match for your home.
City, State you reside in (Reminder, I am in Philadelphia, PA and I do not ship under any circumstances). However, I will deliver your kitten to you in cabin for a airfare plus a fee.
Do you have children in the home? If so, what are their ages and M/F:
Please tell me your age:
Preferred Age (kitten, young adult, retired breeder):
Preferred Sex: (Please note: Neutered males do not usually spray!)
Color Preferences: (While it is nice to get the color you want, it is better to have several options of color that you like.)
Personality Preferences: (Are you ready for a very active, in-your face cat that demands a lot of attention and wants to be with you all the time?)
Have you or anyone in your house ever had allergies? If so what kind?: (While Sphynx can be tolerated by many with allergies, it does not work for everyone and a home visit is required.)
Timeframe You Expect to Adopt Sphynx:
Why are you interested in adopting a Sphynx?
Do you have previous experience with cats?
Have you had any prior experience with the Sphynx, and if so, what kind?
Do you have any other pets? If so, what (cat, dog, rodent, reptile) and what breed? How long? What are their personalities like?
Do you believe you have the time required to acclimate your pet into your home? Each cat varies in how long it takes to acclimate, some take about a week but some can take up to 6 weeks.
Do you know that a good amount of Sphynx have a bit of fuzz on their ears and tails?
Are you willing to do regular weekly 20 minute maintenance to bathe, clip nails and clean ears?
Are you willing to remain in contact with the breeder about the health and well-being of the cat?
Have you ever surrendered a pet to a shelter? If so, why?
If you have cats, do you let them outside and under what circumstances?
If you have/had cats, are they declawed?
Do you plan to declaw your cats/kitten?
Do you rent or own your home?
If you rent, are their requirements in your lease?
If you rent, are you willing to ensure you move to a pet friendly rental place if you move?
Are you willing to take your cat to the vet yearly for a health exam and do periodic dental cleanings?
Do you think you would be willing to pay $20 a month for pet insurance?
What are you planning on feeding your kitten/cat?
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