- Feb 6, 2010
I grew up with cats and always had pretty bad allergies. When I got married my husband was immediatley assigned to spend 3 years in England (USAF). We went the first couple years with no pets except a guinea pig. I really wanted a cat again but was hesitant with my allergies. Some cats bother me a lot and others not at all. (finally on the right medicine and ok with about all of them now though) I had always thought the sphynx's were really neat so I started looking into them and checking the internet for local breeders. I stumbled accross O'Malley's pic on the internet and he was only 3 hours away. My husband was at this time TOTALLY CREEPED OUT by his picture! He was 6 mos old and the last of his litter due to his heart murmur. We took him home and immediately fell in love! He loved every person and animal he ever met. He even stayed with my parents for a few months when we were moving back to the states. They called him "rubber dude", lol!!! His heart murmur never seemed to change and no vet ever suggested that I medicate him or do anything special. Last march his appetite went to nothing over a couple of days but he looked otherwise fine. I had switched cat foods that week so I assumed that was the cause. I decided to pick up some of his old food again on my way to work (I work nights) that night. The next morning he seemed fine but when I woke up around noon (nighshift sleep during day) he was breathing very hard. I called the vet and said I was on my way in. When I got there he was breathing even harder but still purring and loving on the vet. He had a pleural effusion and they did everything they could but he died within 30 minutes. Very unexpected and still unsure of the exact cause of the whole thing. He was very healthy up until those few days. My husband didn't even believe me when I called to tell him that he died. We had him 6 great years. I hope to find another sphynx for our home...