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How Common Are Serious Health Issues?

Have you ever had to treat your sphynx for a health problem?

  • Yes-$100-$500

    Votes: 46 32.9%
  • Yes-$500-$1000

    Votes: 14 10.0%
  • Yes-$1000 plus

    Votes: 29 20.7%
  • Yes-and it's an on going illness that requires continuous expenses

    Votes: 28 20.0%
  • Never

    Votes: 37 26.4%

  • Total voters
    140

Cameo

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I have had Sphynx for about 4 years now.

My initial costs b/c they were both rehome/rescues were their echocardiogram, spay, dental, microchip and vaccines. That was around $900 -$1000 each.

I do dentals for each of my girls every 2 years and that runs around $300 to $400 per girl. I always do the extras, catheter, EKG, etc.
I did incur an additional $250 charge for Tulah this last visit b/c she now has a heart murmur so we did another scan and all is well.

I haven't had any other unexpected issues. I do put L-lysine in their food and I provide CET treats on a regular basis, along with a high quality grain free food. So there is a little more expense than most might have but it isnt too bad.

I think with any pet there is always a risk of additional charges. I have a siamese mix that is probably a$5000 cat now. He all of a sudden got polyps in his ear and has had some other minor issues. I have a dog, mix, that is well over $8000 dog. So what I am trying to say is that even if you have a healthy animal, be it a pure bred or a mix, things happen and we as pet owners should always have some money set aside, or a credit card with money available. I know this isn't always possible for everyone and I completly understand. Just throwing my thoughts and ideas out there. :)

I too have lost a cat to FIP and I am so sorry for your loss. It is a very horrible disease and I will never get the images of what my sweet Pharaoh went through out of my head. I hope you get some answers you are looking for from the awesome members here and I hope you are able to welcome another Sphynx in to your home!

RIP to your sweet boy.
 
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Hi. I am one of those people that lurks around on Sphynx Lair, but never posts. I enjoy the forum very much.

I am hoping that some of you who have kept sphynx's for awhile will be willing to say how long you have had your cat(s), and if you have had any serious health issues with them. It is kind of hard to define "serious", but I am thinking of the kind of thing that requires vet care. Money seems like an odd way to rank things, but I would think that something that cost over $500 at the vet could probably be considered serious.

I know that sphynx's are a healthy breed, and have read everything I can find about health issues they might encounter, including many of the threads on the health forum. It is hard to get a feeling for how "common" those issues are from reading about individual cases though. I highly value personal real-life experiences, and would love to hear from as many people as possible.

This question is partly due to my recent experience of losing my sphynx/elf to FIP. I am aware that FIP is extremely rare, and hopefully I will never ever experience that horrible condition again.

I can't imagine not having a sphynx now that I have had the opportunity to live with one, even though it was only for a few months. After the major expense for care and treatment of my guy, I thought it would be a good idea to get as much information as possible about how common major expenses are before I bring another sphynx home, just to be as prepared as possible. If anyone wants to take the time to share their personal experience, I would greatly appreciate it.
sorry about your lost I lost my sphynx Halo on Friday to f I P . It cost over £1000 as they wasn't sure what it could be so running lots of different tests he has only just turned 1 . I have posted Halos story please have a read and tell me if your story is similar.
They bring such love and joy . Me and my partner now have a gap in our life's and when we have come to terms with the lost of him we will think about getting another different colour and sex not to replace . But this will be a year or two going to go on holiday worry free about the cats care at home . People's comments on this forum have helped me a lot x
 

Cdra

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I've had my kitty for a little over a month. She has an upper respiratory infection right now. I took her to the vet and that visit was $110. This doesn't include the lysine and vaporizer I bought for her. He gave her an antibiotic shot and more antibiotics to take twice a day. This was last Saturday and she still isn't doing much better so I'm sure I'll have to take her back and spend more money. I just want her to get better so I'm not worried about the cost.
 

curlysue

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My kitten got a URI and it was the worst! It lasted about 7-10 days and it was like one morning he woke up and it was like a cloud was lifted.
 

pearlpollard

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Sorry to hear about your loss.

My 4 month old girl had a URI about 3 weeks after I brought her home. Antibiotics cleared it up but now since last night she has thrown up twice and had diarrhea a few times. Took her to the vet and they gave anti nausea meds and a probiotic to use in her food once every 24 hours. I feed a raw diet but my vet advised to lay off the raw until the vomiting and diarrhea stops. I've been giving her pumpkin and a little boiled chicken and she's kept it all down so far! She still seems tired and not very energetic. She has a recheck visit tomorrow and we're going from there as far as further tests to be done. I'm hoping it's just a little stomach bug!
 

Faeron

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My Sphynx is now 9 years old and we have had some problems, but nothing too bad.

The main problem with my baby is her stomach. She regularly (at least 2 times a year) gets gastro-entiritis, stomach inflammation. We are now thinking it might be because of a food allergy, but finding out is difficult. She gets medicine when she gets it and it takes a few days. Besides that she had a malicious melanoma a month ago, which the vet has operated and taken away. We were lucky to have seen it quickly, because of which it could be taken out fully. And besides those 2 things, we had her neutering surgery and that's all. So all by all she's been quite a healthy puppy :).
 

MelissaAlice

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My sister has had no serious health issues with her Sour (knock on wood) she is healthy and happy.

Elfie has IBS and after going back and forth with the vet over the best way to treat the issue, turns out I was right all along and switching to raw was the answer.

Skully on the other hand; she had serious ulcers on both her eyes and one never fully developed. It was constant drops and creams. After a little over a year she contracted panleukopenia and after a very expensive (and I'd have paid triple) battle she lost the war and passed.

So three babies and three levels of health concerns; all from the same line too.
 

lapril

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I took both of my babies in for a dental last week. They both needed the incisors (the tiny teeth at the top) extracted. It cost me about $1100 for both babies. I felt awful about it, I didn't realize it had gotten so bad. Never again will I allow my sphynxes teeth to get so bad. I kept putting off the cleaning because it was so expensive. I should've just put it on my credit card and kept it rolling. I could kick myself.
 

lapril

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Oh, and my babies are 3 years old. No other issues besides the teeth. I do think that the raw diet contributed to the periodontal disease. I very rarely feed them hard food and they don't particularly chew on things.
 

Ailin

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I too would like recommendations for health insurance. I've had my Bella a year and she's had several health issues such as ear infections, upper respiratory infections and her eyes are always really runny and icky. She does take lysiene daily. From reading here I hear that heart issues go on with sphynx. Is there any specific screening tests I should have done because the breeder didn't have any heart tests done before I got her. Also if anybody out there is from Northwest Ohio I could use the name of a good vet that has a history with the breed.
 

Xandria

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I too would like recommendations for health insurance. I've had my Bella a year and she's had several health issues such as ear infections, upper respiratory infections and her eyes are always really runny and icky. She does take lysiene daily. From reading here I hear that heart issues go on with sphynx. Is there any specific screening tests I should have done because the breeder didn't have any heart tests done before I got her. Also if anybody out there is from Northwest Ohio I could use the name of a good vet that has a history with the breed.
I would talk to your vet about who is a licensed cardiologist that can perform HCM testing. My breeder says that the 1st testing should be done at approximately 18 months of age for a Sphynx. After that, every year if need be. Hopefully your current veterinarian can help with this. And hopefully someone will chime in with a good Sphynx veterinarian! I know it sometimes difficult to find one that is familiar with the breed; but they should all have knowledge about who performs HCM testing.
 

Yourbroboris

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My Leon swallowed a plug thatgot stuck in his intestines when he was 8 months old. The surgery and follow up care was about $1600.00
Unfortunately I did not have insurance. I now have insurance on him. I used Healthy Paws. You can choose your deductable and there is no cap on how much they will cover.
 

Cinderstar95

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Hello, A bit late to the post, but As someone who has extensive experience in the vet's office with my babies, I thought I would contribute.
First of all, I am so, so sorry about The loss of your baby. I personally have lost two cats to suspected FIP. It's heartbreaking, cruel and horrific disease. I am so sorry for your loss.
As for the frequency of disease, I have had six sphynx in my life time. Three of them had to be put to sleep because of serious health issues. Two of them were from FIP, one a kitten and one an elder (12 y.o.). Though my new vet (Who didn't treat my elder Stashie) questions whether she really did have FIP because she did not have the wet form, her Corona Titer was incredibly high and she followed the disease progression quite accurately.
I got my Ziva to help cope with her loss, and I didn't want my boy kitten Shazam to be alone his whole life. I worried that if he grew used to solitude, he'd not want to give it up.
I had my Ziva for two years before she developed symptoms of Irritable Bowel disorders, starting with a Rectal Prolapse. she had surgery three times to repair it, spent 3500+ on testing, surgeries, medicine and potential treatments before the vets at the vet hospital told me that she wouldn't ever recover and would continue to prolapse her entire life. She could never be left alone for more than a few hours, had to wear a cone when we did leave her and at night. He told me she'd be in pain every day, so we had to make the difficult decision to put her to sleep. Broke my heart.
I had been in contact with Ziva's breeder throughout the ordeal, I really had tried everything. She gave me another kitten (charged me 500$ after the fact, but thats a different story for a different time,) That was my Freya. I had her for three months before she started to show signs of illness. I spent nearly 600$ in testing before she came back positive for corona virus on a low scale. They thought perhaps I'd caught it early and we were going to start treatment with an experimental product, (I had to try... the other option was nothing) but that night, she started acting extremely neurological, stomping around, stumbling into walls, and finally had a seizure in bed in my arms, in the early hours of the morning and I had to rush her to the emergency vet hospital where she was put to sleep at eight months old. I now have my kitten, Rora, and despite a bit of eye goop, she seems completely healthy.
Now, My Boy Shazam, he has been sick nearly his entire life. When I got him, he had a SEVERE URI, didn't play for two months from the age of four months to six months. Probably 400$ in vet bills several rounds of Ammoxaclav and little improvement. My vet had to risk putting him on Gentimycin despite the risk of cartilage damage (He was less than six months at this time) and it finally kicked it
Fast forward to about six months ago, Mr. Shazam the fat cat decided to eat a corner piece of a wrapper, (As would seem logical, why not...) It got stuck in his throat, he panicked. we rushed him to the vet, because we couldn't figure out why he was in the closet screaming and crapping everywhere (It was terrifying.) they sedated him, found the wrapper, pulled it out, and sent us home. his eyes had been just draining incredibly through the entire ordeal, and they stained his eyes just to be certain. they were fine. Two days later he developed a corneal sequestrum (A dead patch of his cornea, sometimes caused by a scrape, ulcer, or viral infection,) He required about 2000$ worth of surgeries and medications before he was healed. the poor thing had ulcers in both eyes and a giant sequestrum in one. The vets believed it to be caused by feline herpes. He's never been tested, but I am a student at a major university with an excellent vet college and teaching hospitals. I wouldn't take my animals anywhere else for major issues. They didn't bother to waste the money on a test when his disease progression proved he had it without a test. He was on (expensive) medications every two hours round the clock in both eyes to heal the ulcers and a surgery to remove the sequestrum. We were very lucky, it was shallow enough that he didn't require a corneal graft from lower in his eye to cover the whole, they were able to scrape it off. it took about three months of treatment to fix him. he's good now (apart form the occasional ear infection he's my teen brothers cat and ears dont get cleaned as often as they should... we've had talks about it) but the vets warned me that if he had such issues before the age of three, we should expect more in the future...
Now in the case of shazam, I firmly believe it to be bad breeding. When he had his first URI as a kitten (We were told it was the sniffles and he came to us sick) his breeder told us to give him children's cough and cold medicine to treat him as opposed to taking him to the vet. That would have shot his liver and kidneys and killed him. cats, especially kittens, are incredibly delicate. I also found out throughout the two month illness that she would let stray cats into her cattery because she felt bad for them. (With her nursing queens. I feed and try to rehome strays, I work to rescue and take care of, but I would NEVER let one infect my own cats.) Thats enough to ensure he has Feline Herpes and probably where it came from.
So ultimately, I have never had "good luck" with my cats, but I do believe it has a lot to do with breeders. I got Ziva and Freya from a different breeder than Shazam, who came from a different breeder than Stashie (Fun fact, shes my first sphynx and the one that opened my heart to the breed, shes the baby in my profile pic and I miss her every day) Stashie lived for 12 years and really never had to go to the vet. she was mostly healthy her entire life aside from some odd vomiting, but she still lived happily.
Take my experiences as they are, simple experiences and I do not believe that the entire breed is flawed. I love them and always plan to have them, even breeding a litter or two of my own when I graduate.
but in my experience, they do require vet care, my boy will need teeth cleanings in the next year and has frequent enough health issues that I wish I had gotten him insurance when he was a kit. If i could afford it I would get it for my kitten now. in the past year my father has estimated to have spent nearly 10,000$ on cat bills.
 

MarleneQ

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Hi. I am one of those people that lurks around on Sphynx Lair, but never posts. I enjoy the forum very much.

I am hoping that some of you who have kept sphynx's for awhile will be willing to say how long you have had your cat(s), and if you have had any serious health issues with them. It is kind of hard to define "serious", but I am thinking of the kind of thing that requires vet care. Money seems like an odd way to rank things, but I would think that something that cost over $500 at the vet could probably be considered serious.

I know that sphynx's are a healthy breed, and have read everything I can find about health issues they might encounter, including many of the threads on the health forum. It is hard to get a feeling for how "common" those issues are from reading about individual cases though. I highly value personal real-life experiences, and would love to hear from as many people as possible.

This question is partly due to my recent experience of losing my sphynx/elf to FIP. I am aware that FIP is extremely rare, and hopefully I will never ever experience that horrible condition again.

I can't imagine not having a sphynx now that I have had the opportunity to live with one, even though it was only for a few months. After the major expense for care and treatment of my guy, I thought it would be a good idea to get as much information as possible about how common major expenses are before I bring another sphynx home, just to be as prepared as possible. If anyone wants to take the time to share their personal experience, I would greatly appreciate it.
I just came back from the vet and it is possible that my girl has FIP. She had an eye infection, redness at the corner of her eye and a cloudy iris. With antibiotics, her left eye got better. However, about 10 days after she started her treatment, her right eye looked just like her left when we first had her seen. Her left eye was cleared up completely and her right was now being treated. We switched antibiotics and are watching her to see if there is any change but they think that it could be FIP. Can you please share some of the symptoms that your kitty had? Did anything like this happen to him?
 

Cinderstar95

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I just came back from the vet and it is possible that my girl has FIP. She had an eye infection, redness at the corner of her eye and a cloudy iris. With antibiotics, her left eye got better. However, about 10 days after she started her treatment, her right eye looked just like her left when we first had her seen. Her left eye was cleared up completely and her right was now being treated. We switched antibiotics and are watching her to see if there is any change but they think that it could be FIP. Can you please share some of the symptoms that your kitty had? Did anything like this happen to him?
Hello,
I am so sorry to hear about your baby. While I am not a vet, I have lost two of my sphynx to FIP in the past. Its horrific and heart breaking. That being said, Neither of my girls had any eye symptoms. They both stopped eating, lost incredible amounts of weight, had high fevers and a host of other symptoms. Depending on what caused the eye issues, was it an infection, ulcer, scratch or what not, it certainly COULD be FIP, but i've personally never had that symptom appear. One went into respiratory failure and the other had a seizure once the virus got into her brain. neither had the 'wet' form of the disease where their belly's fill and swell with fluid, they both just lost incredible amounts of weight.
Is your vet doing a Corona titer? while FIP cannot be confirmed except by necrosocpy, a high Corona titer indicates FIP. It's not a cheap test, but its not the most expensive either. If your vet thinks your kitty has FIP one certainly should be ordered.
Now, I did have severe eye issues in my male, who is Herpes Positive. It wasn't an infection as much as an upflare of the virus, but he had cloudy eyes and ulcers in both eyes and a corneal sequestrum in one. He required intensive therapy, but was healed.
I sincerely hope your your baby doesn't have FIP and if you would like to discuss any of my experiences in more depth, feel free to PM me. I have a fairly good understanding of the disease,
Best wishes
 

Tasha2511

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Only an ear infection (touch wood)...plus a blood test to make sure everything else was in order (kidneys, pancreas, etc).
 

Silke

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Spent €250 so far, with €55 still outstanding atm, just in the last two weeks on Jez.
 

dare2Bbare

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Spent €250 so far, with €55 still outstanding atm, just in the last two weeks on Jez.
Most purebreeds will have common health issues due to small gene pool I don't know statistics but I see and hear them a lot! Mainly eyes, ears, ibs and HCM in the sphynx


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MarleneQ

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Was the FIP the wet or dry type? We suspect that our girl has the dry kind however, the only time she shows any signs of there being something wrong with her its with her eyes, her eyes tend to get cloudy and irritated. I thought maybe she had some other type of health issue but her vet thinks that it is FIP.
 
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