Hi there, my name is Kat and I'm from New Zealand.
We got our sphynx cat (Phoebe) earlier this year. We have an english bulldog (Buttercup) and a ragdoll cat (Connor) as well.
When we got Phoebe she was full of the cat flu. She was sent up to Auckland from the breeder who is from Christchurch. A lovely woman from Auckland was selling on the breeders behalf and has Phoebe's brother who has the same upper respitory infection. We email regularly about different things to try.
She has had a lot of antibiotics, different ones and different courses, but the vet has indicated since she had it from a very young age and it wasn't treated properly it seems to have ruined her nose scrolls. She will have it for life and it will flare up if she gets stressed and in the colder months. We are going to try a new antibiotic soon, fingers crossed it works or at least eliviates the symptoms.
She doesn't seem to mind the runny nose and occassionally runny eyes, but I always feel terrible that there doesn't seem much I can do to help her. I make sure she always has a coat on and never let her outside unsupervised.
Despite the sickness, she is a beautiful loving cat and the best breed! We have even talked about getting another, as our ragdoll goes outdoors (which I hate because I worry something will happen to him) but he doesn't like using the litter and has outlived 2 companions already. Our vet also told us that sphynx cats are extremely prone to getting stolen which I hate to think about
Anyway, sorry about the novel! I would also REALLY appreciate any advice on different treatments for Phoebe's URI and general advice because sphynx cats are quite rare in New Zealand and there are only 2 or 3 breeders.
Thanks in advance and I think this forum is fantastic!
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Pic of Phoebe