Hi! I'm new to the forum and thought I'd share the story of Percy. (Sorry if it's long) I had decided that I wanted a second cat, and took a very Taoist approach to finding him or her. I figured that the right kitty would find me! So I put out feelers but didn't do any active looking. Lo and behold one day a co-worker came into my office and said that her dentist was trying to rehome a cat. She had previously bred Sphynxes, and had rehomed them all but this last one. I did some research on the breed, and thought they sounded interesting! I set up a meeting to go and see how the little guy and I would get on. The woman and house seemed normal enough, but when they led me into a shut bathroom with a large carrier that reeked of cat pee I started to get worried. The kitty himself was sitting in about a centimeter of urine inside the locked carrier, and had several scratches and scabs on his back. His ears had a lot of gunk inside them, which she assured me was normal. Long story short, I took a very scared, weird, scrawny cat home for the night then straight to my vet. He was diagnosed with two different kinds of ear infections (yeast and bacterial), conjunctivitis in both eyes, urine burns on the pads of his feet and his belly, and infected scratches on his back which were thought to be self-inflicted. So he was blind, deaf, and in pain. I gave him eye and ear medication and swabbed his back and paws for about two weeks. He was terrified and hid whenever he could. He didn't know how to jump, and seemed very confused. It took about a month of medication and gradually increasing his territory, but slowly he came out of his shell. His tail began to lift, and he started sauntering instead of slinking. Fur started growing on his paws and ears, and peach fuzz appeared on his pink belly. Now, about five months later, he's gained a pound and is the king of the castle. He's still skittish with strangers, but he gives the dogs what for! At first I thought he was terribly weird looking, but now I can't imagine anything prettier. Here's my baby!