Once you have gone through the process of selecting a reputable Sphynx cat breeder, your next step is the fun part – actually selecting your kitten! Just as important as choosing the right breeder, however, is choosing the right kitten so do not rush this process! You need to make sure that the kitten you bring home is in good health but you also want to make sure that it is a good fit for you and your family in terms of its temperament and personality. Follow the steps below to pick out your Sphynx kitten:
- Ask the breeder to give you a
tour of the facilities, especially where the kittens are kept.
- Make sure the facilities where the kittens are housed is clean and sanitary – if there is evidence of diarrhea, do not purchase one of the kittens because they may already be sick.
- Take a few minutes to observe the litter as a whole,
watching how the kittens interact with
- The kittens should be active and playful, interacting with each other in a healthy way.
- Avoid kittens that appear to be lethargic and those that have difficulty moving – they could be sick.
- Approach the litter and watch how
the kittens react to you
when you do.
- If the kittens appear frightened they may not be properly socialized and you do not want a kitten like that.
- The kittens may be somewhat cautious, but they should be curious and interested in you.
- Let the kittens approach you and
give them time to sniff and explore you before you interact with them.
- Pet the kittens and encourage them to play with a toy, taking the opportunity to observe their personalities.
- Single out any of the kittens that you think might be a good fit and spend a little time with them.
- Pick up the kitten and hold him to see how he responds
to human contact.
- The kitten might squirm a little but it shouldn’t be frightened of you and it should enjoy being pet.
- Examine the kitten’s body for signs of any illness and potential
- The kitten should have clear, bright eyes with no discharge.
- The ears should be clean and clear with no discharge or inflammation.
- The kitten’s stomach may be round but it shouldn’t be distended or swollen.
- The kitten should be able to walk and run normally without any mobility problems.
- Narrow down your options and choose the kitten that you think is the best fit.
Once you’ve chosen your Sphynx kitten, ask the breeder about the next steps. Do not take the kitten home if it isn’t at least 8 weeks old and unless it has been fully weaned and eating solid food. Any reputable breeder will not try to sell you a kitten that isn’t already weaned or at least 8 weeks old.