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Considering adding a second sphynx... opinions needed/wanted!

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  1. DobbyBaby

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    Hi Everyone!
    My husband and I are long time lurkers of this community. Anytime we have a question we search it on here and generally find an answer! So first and foremost, thank you to everyone who contributes. It’s honestly a life saver having this resource.
    We’ve joined as of today to get some opinions... I’m sorry in advance this will be LONG.

    My sweet boy Dobby just turned 4 this year. We originally got him as a “friend” for our dog. Both of us were working at the time and felt our dog needed a bit of company but knew we couldn’t commit the time to training a puppy.
    We figured we had a pretty good setup. We both worked super close to our home so our pets never went more than 4-5 hours alone. We’d come home, eat lunch, take the dog for a midday walk, play with dobby, give treats, and head back to work.
    Our situation has vastly changed (not in a bad way at all). We have relocated to Texas (from Canada) as of 2 months ago for my husbands work. I currently am waiting for an employement authorization so I stay home all day with the pets while he works. We’re not 100% sure if I will even look for employment when the authorization comes in, as were in the phase of getting ready to start trying for a baby.
    With all of that said, dobby seems to be relatively “bored”. Maybe I’m only noticing it because I’m home all day now? The dog, to be honest, has never fully taken to Dobby the way Dobby LOVES him. It’s a bit funny, but really we had hoped they’d be better friends. The dog is now 8 and the biggest sweetheart but I don’t see him changing his colours anytime soon.
    The issues with dobby seem to be annoyed, bored, or generally unsettled. We moved from a 2 bedroom condo in Canada to a huge 2 storey home with a backyard and pool. We thought “the animals will LOVE this”! We figured Dobby would run around all day having stairs to fly up and down and so many windows. He loves water so we thought he’d sit at the window and stare at the pool/waterfall .... not so much.
    Basically he stays in bed most of the day. I’ve recently started getting him up and out of bed around noon and shutting the door to our bedroom. He has 3 nice kitty beds in various spots, a cat tree in front of a window, toys everywhere etc... but instead of either relaxing under a blanket in his own beds, or playing, he meows and meows, and honesty just tries to destroy everything. Pushing stuff off the counter, jumping on all the counters, scratching furniture when he knows he’s not allowed. I spend half my day chasing the bastard around!! I should also quickly mention IF we let him sleep all day, all this craziness happens at night and we get no sleep. So we have also recently been closing him INTO our room. It’s huge and we put water & litter out for him but he’s basically sleeping all night anyway.

    We’re seriously considering adding a second Sphynx in hopes that they will occupy each other a bit more. A few factors that worry us:
    - dobby will teach the new one bad habits and it’ll be double as big of a headache
    - the dog will lose his mind (lol)
    - dobby doesn’t take to him like we’d hoped and we have 3 pets at war
    - I am allergic to dobby but that’s never stopped me from loving the absolute crap out of him. He’s my baby and sleeps right with me every night. I’m a bit concerned the small bit of tolerance I’ve built up to dobby will be undone by another cat & my allergies will literally drive me to insanity.
    - we feed dobby a fully raw diet and I guess I’m a bit hesitant to double that cost & amount of work. We’d do anything for our pets obviously... but these are our legitimate concerns!!
    - with the potential of adding a human baby into the mix next year, I’m not sure I can handle a kitten and a baby AND my already insane kitty, all while taking care of my first baby - the dog.

    Any insight from anyone would be extremely helpful for us. We appreciate it in advance!!
     
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      Hmm... That is a lot to process. One thing I would consider is perhaps fostering a kitty first, if you can? That way you can test the waters without necessarily making that commitment or feeling guilty about it later if it ends up being too much. The foster gets a home to live in instead of a shelter, and you don't feel guilty because yoyou' not preventing them from getting a forever home. And, if it works out, you can look at adopting the foster kitty!

      I don't know if Sphynx fosters come up a lot in your area, so it might not be a feasible idea, but if your allergies can stand it, there might be some other breeds with similar temperaments to Sphynx that would get along and match the sphynx temperament (Devon Rexes and Bengals coming first to mind).
       
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      Thank you so much for the awesome advice. We had actually been browsing LAST NIGHT the availability of any fosters of the breed nearby. So it’s definitely high on the idea list. There was none to be had but we signed up to be notified if any become available. I have also been looking at volunteering at various shelters/rescues that need help as I can’t work right now - were just waiting to get a second vehicle and I will take the plunge. But hoping that being more involved with the rescue community maybe something will cross our path!
       
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        @DobbyBaby ,Welcome officially to the lair family!
        So glad the community had been a great resource !
        Congrats on your new home! I allll,oat moved to the Dallas area
        The houses are huge!

        Love love your Dobby avatar pic! What's yor dogs name ? Do you have a pic?

        It a whole new world for everyone
        Mine explored and knocked things over running amuck to back in my house .
        They settled and all is well .

        There are no guarantees when adding a new kitty- some members prefer s kitten to add to a home with adult cats
        I have 4 adult adoptees amd they are very bonded .


        It's a lot to think about and I am glad you came out from lurking to seek members suggestions and experiences :)

        Look forward to lots of pics and tales

        One great toy is the Dabird pole toy to wear out Dobby ! Just be sure to hide it in a closet after bcz they are knows to chew the string

        I got mine the one fast cat exercise wheel - omg my freshy Toby is non stop in it !
        Lol the others watch him go go go !

        Yes it can be double trouble but also could create a balance- I train my sphynx like my dogs

        Lol my Aussie dog looks at my sphynx rubbing on his fluffy fur and purring in his face licking his head
        He just stands there lol

        As mentioned , some members find a kitten with an adult cat a good fit

        Allergies - definitely doe,thigh to consider - only you know best

        Amy kitty would be blessed with your hearts and home
        Go with your gut

        Look forward to updates :)
        Head smooches sent ! Look forward to pics of Dobby and your pup!

        I am sure members will chime in

        Ps @naomi may have some great advice on fostering experience
        Also be sure to find out if foster kitties are clear of any transmittalable health issues etc
         
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        Thank you so much for the awesome positivity and feedback! We appreciate it a lot. Our doggy's name is Ted :happy:.
        We definitely would love to see how another Sphynx would fit in. We actually have that Dabird toy! Dobby loves it for about 10 minutes then loses interest. I try and play with him before we all climb into bed.

        We know Dobby is just looking for attention when it comes to knocking stuff around. We've sat in the same room minding our business and watch him knock over stuff in the kitchen and we don't react. Just to see if he's doing it for fun or just to get our attention and feed him. I guess that's one of the few downfalls with feeding him raw. He's got a little internal clock that will NOT rest for anyone. When it's anywhere in the window of 30 minutes of his feeding time, he goes nuts. But as I was saying, we watch him knock stuff off, make a huge crash, and he just looks up at us. So I know it's partly my fault for giving him reactions in the past. But I'm working on it!

        We will definitely update if we decide on adding a new little one to the herd. Thanks again for the advice!
         
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          @DobbyBaby , awhhhh he sounds like the typical sphynx knocking over stuff ! Mine get fresh around feeding time too!
          Must be a sphynx thing lol

          Now instead of knocking stuff over "as much"

          I added the smart cat climber to a door - @Catzzzmeow kitties have it too

          My 4 run up and down it at chow time and do less knocking stuff over

          They wait and perch like little gargoyles on it !

          I put two small towels rolled up behind it bcz they really pounce on and off it up and down
          Like a sphynx super highway

          (Smartcat climber )online at various sites
          I even think online at bed bath store and could prob ably of those 20% off coupons
          I got mine at chewy just in case I needed to send it back easily -

          Highly recommend the smart cat climber -
          I started training them to it with kibble pieces

          Now when they get that food clock going they pounce on the smart cat climber

          Keep us updated on your decision to expand your sphynx family!

          Ps I had a Bengal. Cat thst used to love being taken for rides on the pool float raft :)

          Yoda girl sphynx I had actually swam in the pool a few times but didn't let this be a habit bcz of pool Chems even with a "salt system" pool



          Head smooches to Dobby and Ted :)
          Do you have a pic of Ted ? All are lair family !
           

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            So I think we are going to take the plunge and look for another sphynxy. I can’t help but feel that dobby just needs a furless brother or sister in his life.

            We are in the Houston, Texas area. What is the best way to find a reputable breeder? We are willing to drive pretty much anywhere!

            Any info would be great :)
             
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              Getting a naked friend for Dobby is a great idea. Hope members from your area will pm you.
               
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