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Vesper

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Trigger warning: sad story involving the passing of pets.

I currently have no Sphynx as mine passed away this January. His name was Leo.
Leo was a "red" (orange) sphynx that I adopted from a Kijiji ad (like craigslist) in Canada. I was living in Vancouver, BC and the people rehoming him lived about 6 hours north by car. There were already some red flags as they were VERY eager to get rid of him and said that he was 2 years old and hadn't been neutered. I had issues getting out of Vancouver (traffic to the northern communities was being restricted during covid) so they actually drove to me. I proceeded despite all the red flags fully expecting to get scammed, but I thought hey this guy needs a home either way. Surprisingly they actually showed up with the cat but he was in rough condition, extremely skinny and dirty with a torn ear and extensive scarring on his back. I got him home and scheduled a neuter and full vet exam immediately. He was an absolute disaster for the first 6 months (destructive, anxious, needed litter training) but with patience and effort he improved so much and having gone through all that together, we were inseparable.
He had HCM, a stage 4 heart murmur, and enlarged heart. We had him for another 2.5 years and spent over 8k on him in vet costs during that time. We eventually helped him cross the rainbow bridge when he developed heart failure that we treated for as long as possible but unfortunately it is incurable. He was pure love.

Leo was my 2nd sphynx, and before him I had a seal-point named Ptolemy. I also adopted him from a rehoming situation through a friend of a friend who called me up one day and asked me if I wanted a high maintenance pet. (Since I had a few other exotic pets at the time, mostly lizards!) Ptolemy was an absolute angel, he was extremely calm and loved people. He inspired my love of sphynxes that has only grown since. I adopted him when he was about 6 years old and he lived with me and my immediate family until he was 13, when he passed suddenly of a saddle thrombus. (The theme of heart fragility in these cats is well known and not lost on me here- we weren't getting yearly scans for Ptolemy but I will never make that mistake again.)

I do feel like I am ready to open up my home to a new friend (I'll make a separate post later for people to message me cattery recommendations) and although my story is at a bit of a sad place right now, I truly feel blessed to have had these cats in my life and to have shared so much love and happiness with them. I really look forward to hearing everyone's stories and seeing pictures, sharing some of my boys as well, and eventually having a new love to share with you all.

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Welcome. Thanks for sharing your story with us and sharing your 2 amazing Sphynx with us. They truly never leave our hearts. I am hoping some members from Canada might be able to help.

Hoping this info might help as well.


 

tuffysmommy

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Hi Vesper, your story breaks my heart but reinforces my contention that Sphynx people are the most amazing and loving as one could ever find in a group. I was once in Vancouver and coming from a place that required you to take a prop plane from where I was in the State of Washington. (I didn’t drive and it was over 50 years ago). Since I have seen so many ads from WA I feel certain that there is a great cattery or and adoptee out there in CA or Northwestern US for you. Every wish for this to happen soon.
 

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@Vesper , welcome to the lair family.. your eternal love of sweet Leo and Ptolemy leaps off the page. Remember the love, soo much love. I share in the hearfelt loss from heart related and saddlethrombosis loss with two of my nakid babies as well and one bengal cat.
thank you for sharing their precious photos. they knew the best of love and care with you. they know your eternal love.

I adopted in my yodagirl's honor (avatar photo) , angel wings at barely 2 from saddle thrombosis embolism. she was a birthday surprise gift from my then fiance off craiglist scammer breeder who sold sick cats and ghosted.

I truly believe they send us the one (s) to love like they knew in this world. several of us have adopted from members. I adopted a wonderful retiree over a decade ago from a reputable breeder . it's my Claire Bare's 13th birthday today.

you can check the TICA . org site (google tica sphynx breeders) . there are listings by state, country, *** read the reputable breeder thread when interview ing them. feel free to PM any ads or cattery names (we cant mention cattery names on main page , we can PM).

all paws crossed the sphynx stars align, we are here for you.

resharing these threads that have been a priceless resource of info

 

kauna

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Hello and Welcome!

Thank you for sharing your story. I too lost my first sphynx to HCM and eventually Kidney failure due to the medications we used to treat her heart failure. It was the most difficult thing to go through but also the easiest to let her be at peace when it was finally time to say our goodbyes. Not sure if that makes sense... We battled for over 2 years and she just couldn't battle any longer.

Since then I have been on a waitlist with a breeder who's waitlist at the time was a year. (not entirely sure where it stands now or if she is still breeding) I wasn't in a hurry to get another sphynx as I figured when the time was right it would work out. A little over a year since Agnes' passing I adopted my duo from another member on here. Dolly and Otis have brought so much joy and healing to my heart that I didn't know I still needed. I think Aggie had a little to do with that lol!

Keep us updated with your journey!
 

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Hello Vesper and welcome. Thank you for sharing your story of your precious Leo and Ptolemy. Unfortunately, HCM is an all too familiar condition that rears its head and steals away our much loved companions all too soon. I lost my boy Wilson last June to it, he passed vey suddenly of a heart attack caused by his enlarged heart (he was diagnosed with the condition just under two years earlier). and is missed so much every day.. I really feel for you and hope that you will find what you are looking for , and that little newbie will bring comfort and happiness back into your life x
 

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Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone here for being so welcoming and comforting!
I have moved forward with adopting a kitten who will be ready to come home with me at the end of May - the breeder is calling him Qt for now (I have seen him on a video call and will get more pics of him soon!) and I was very happy to see that they did genetic testing and made the results easily available. I really hope I get a long, long time with this guy. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions - although I have previous sphynx experience, I've never had a kitten before!
 

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Yoda mom

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@Vesper , melt my heart. QT is adorable, counting down gotcha day with you. we are here for you. I truly believe our angels send us the one to love like they knew in this world. keep us updated often. your heart must be going pitter patter. (((hugs))))) congrats
 

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Trigger warning: sad story involving the passing of pets.

I currently have no Sphynx as mine passed away this January. His name was Leo.
Leo was a "red" (orange) sphynx that I adopted from a Kijiji ad (like craigslist) in Canada. I was living in Vancouver, BC and the people rehoming him lived about 6 hours north by car. There were already some red flags as they were VERY eager to get rid of him and said that he was 2 years old and hadn't been neutered. I had issues getting out of Vancouver (traffic to the northern communities was being restricted during covid) so they actually drove to me. I proceeded despite all the red flags fully expecting to get scammed, but I thought hey this guy needs a home either way. Surprisingly they actually showed up with the cat but he was in rough condition, extremely skinny and dirty with a torn ear and extensive scarring on his back. I got him home and scheduled a neuter and full vet exam immediately. He was an absolute disaster for the first 6 months (destructive, anxious, needed litter training) but with patience and effort he improved so much and having gone through all that together, we were inseparable.
He had HCM, a stage 4 heart murmur, and enlarged heart. We had him for another 2.5 years and spent over 8k on him in vet costs during that time. We eventually helped him cross the rainbow bridge when he developed heart failure that we treated for as long as possible but unfortunately it is incurable. He was pure love.

Leo was my 2nd sphynx, and before him I had a seal-point named Ptolemy. I also adopted him from a rehoming situation through a friend of a friend who called me up one day and asked me if I wanted a high maintenance pet. (Since I had a few other exotic pets at the time, mostly lizards!) Ptolemy was an absolute angel, he was extremely calm and loved people. He inspired my love of sphynxes that has only grown since. I adopted him when he was about 6 years old and he lived with me and my immediate family until he was 13, when he passed suddenly of a saddle thrombus. (The theme of heart fragility in these cats is well known and not lost on me here- we weren't getting yearly scans for Ptolemy but I will never make that mistake again.)

I do feel like I am ready to open up my home to a new friend (I'll make a separate post later for people to message me cattery recommendations) and although my story is at a bit of a sad place right now, I truly feel blessed to have had these cats in my life and to have shared so much love and happiness with them. I really look forward to hearing everyone's stories and seeing pictures, sharing some of my boys as well, and eventually having a new love to share with you all.

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Rehoming two beauties and giving them your love is such a touching story. I'm sure they gave you all their love.
 

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Welcome to sphynxlair. Thanks for sharing your story about your beloved sphynxs. Sorry for your loss. And happy you decide to let the love go on. What a beautiful cute kitten you will get
 

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@Vesper, checking in for updates on that sweet baby qt gotcha date in May? have you started a name list? I have all adult adoptees. members here with kittens will surely chime in with lots of care and support. do not hesitate to ask any questions. bless your heart for keeping your heart and home open to sphynx love. I truly believe our angels send us the one to love like they knew in this world. surely Leo had his spirit guiding you.
 

Vesper

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@Vesper, checking in for updates on that sweet baby qt gotcha date in May? have you started a name list? I have all adult adoptees. members here with kittens will surely chime in with lots of care and support. do not hesitate to ask any questions. bless your heart for keeping your heart and home open to sphynx love. I truly believe our angels send us the one to love like they knew in this world. surely Leo had his spirit guiding you.
HI Yoda Mom!! Sorry for the slow updates, I've had a super busy time at work but I hope to always catch up eventually.

So far we are calling him Rio! I'm open to changing it when we actually get him, and it was definitely inspired by Leo which both feels nice as a tribute and also a bit weird sometimes to have such similar names so I'm just sitting with it for now to see how it goes.

I'm super excited to get Rio and have been getting all my supplies together but it's also hard. It's the first time I've set foot in a pet store since Leo and it was tearful. We're having some of our first sunny weeks in Seattle and it makes me cry remembering taking Leo out on walks. I found his collar while going through all the cat stuff I had put away, which he only wore out on walks, but I put it around his urn and that felt right somehow.

I am nervous about all the kitten things as I've also only had adult rescues. I still hope to rescue again in the future but after we see how this guy settles.
Here is a picture of him from a few weeks ago... apparently today he's just over 2lbs and growing fast!
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Little Rio is gorgeous. After losing a loved companion the firsts" are always hard and memories spring out from the smallest of things I think you'll be a brilliant mum to this little one x
 

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This little one will definitely help to heal your heart the more and more excited you get and closer to gotcha day. He is precious.
 

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@Vesper , hugs from FL (used to live in Seattle, miss so many things about it. ) I share in the heartfelt moments of my beloved too. such a sweet sentiment to place Leo's collar with him. his spirit forever present in your heart and home. He certainly had his way in sending you a a little heart healer in his honor. .
the right name will stick. I do like Rio. sharing, my beloved Yoda girl avatar photo sent me the one to love like she knew in this world.. took my breath away when she sent me (Batman and Yoda bonded pair from a member yes, exact same name.) it felt strange at first , I get it. I kept it as it was mean to be and actually reminded me that her spirit ever present in the ones she sent me.

melt my heart , that paw stretching out to you! he is precious and soo very special beyond words. following closely for updates!
 
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