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            - more on evaluating breeders:        http://www.tica.org/binary/pdf/publications/reputable_breeder.pdf

 

 

Health Research
Please see http://www.sphynxbc.org for more information
(click health research to see the two areas of Sphynx research
Affairs of the Heart and The Naked Truth).

 

WORKING TO HELP PUT AN END TO HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY IN THE
SPHYNX CAT
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Code of Ethics

A Code of Ethics is a declaration of the intention, suggestion, or requirement to follow certain beliefs, principles, or rules to promote integrity, civility, decency, and the pursuit of excellence. As codes are used, applied, publicized, and advocated, they reinforce, legitimize, and strengthen the conduct and behavior outlined in them.

Skinzin Code of Ethics

As a breeder who uses the services of the worlds largest registry of pedigreed cats,

I understand I have certain responsibilities to pedigreed cats and to the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA).

I am aware that I am representative of CFA breeders in my community.

I will breed my cats with the intent of improving the breed and to produce healthy, happy kittens.

I will deal honestly with the purchasers of my kittens and cats.

To the best of my knowledge and ability I will not, without prior disclosure, sell any kitten/cat that is sick or has been exposed to an infectious disease.

I will not sell or place kittens prior to their attaining a proper level of immunity against common infectious diseases.

I will place cats directly to the new pet owner or in a manner that will enable contact with the ultimate owner to provide on-going education and advice.

I will strive to house my cats in a manner exceeding the CFA Minimum Cattery Standard.

I will ensure my cats are kept in a healthy environment and I will ensure they receive the proper veterinary care as needed.

I will maintain appropriate cattery records and will correctly register litters and cats.

I will work honestly with my fellow breeders and provide timely and correct litter registration information to those who use my cats for breeding.

I will mentor new breeders to ensure they have a solid information foundation.

(note:  This Code of Ethics was adopted by Skinzin, and was drafted by Peg Johnson in the 2005 CFA Board Meeting.)

 

Grooming Skinzin Sphynx:

For bath time, I use Johnson & Johnson Baby Wash.  Any good hypoallergenic shampoo is all right, or veterinary prescriptive shampoos.  I do advise against using baby shampoo, as I have found it harsh to the skin.  Kittens generally need a bath about once a week.  It is an easy process (they dry very quickly)!  They are okay with a bath (theyve already been bathed and groomed many times, so they are well acclimated to the process), if you follow a few simple guidelines -- gently hold the front legs together or they reach out with their arms as you place them in the tub.  I hold them by their front legs and support the back legs with the other hand/arm.  That way I don't get scratched and they feel really secure.  I usually use my tub to bathe it doesnt require that much water, but they have plenty of room to get their feet wet.

Intermittently, I use hypoallergenic baby wipes for ears, butt, and feet routinely, and just a wet washcloth for face, if necessary. Oil accumulates around the nose, toenails and inside the ears.  You should clean the ears with ear cleaning solutions (from your vet), and use baby oil and cosmetic cotton pads or a washcloth around the inside of the ear.  Be careful not to go deeply, cleaning only what you see.  You can take your finger with a washcloth and run it around the ear after the baby oil.  Instead of baby oil, eye makeup removal pads works very well.  Toenails should be extended and wiped off with a warm washcloth.  Be gentle and patient -- listening to your kitten's mood is important and it is best not to frustrate your kitty with fussing too much over getting him or her clean.  So be patient and again, let your kitty tell you when enough is enough, give a treat, then go back to cleaning later.  This generally works and gets them trained to your style of cleaning very well!!!

I use clay clumping litter, but any litter will due.  Just make sure that there is low dust in the litter you buy.  I never have trouble with kittens going in the box, but you need to keep it picked daily.  If your kitty develops a rash, first look at the type of litter and the additives which may be in it before you panic.  Many times when trying out different things, I have found the additives to prevent smells in litter can be harsh to the Sphynx skin.  Remember, theyre just like you they dont have the protective hair coating that other cats do.

 

HOW TO EVALUATE A BREEDER
 

Fortunate is the novice buyer who purchases her first cat from a reputable breeder!

The reputable breeder is like the head of a family. She feels responsibility toward the breed itself, toward the cats she breeds, the cats she hopes to breed, and additionally, to all the people who have cats of her breeding. She spends astounding amounts of his time and money on matters she thinks are in the best interests of her breed.

It is this awareness of responsibility with an eye toward the CFA standard for the breed, combined with the practice of good ethics that marks the difference between the reputable breeder and mere backyard breeder.  The reputable breeder is an artist, motivated by a drive to create perfection, both in health and in type, or conformation. The backyard breeders and cat dealers are motivated by the desire to make money. They are truly in the cat business, selling kittens and cats like over-the-counter commodities to anyone who can pay the price.  The heart of The Cat Fanciers Association is made up of breeders. They may not all agree as to what constitutes perfection, but by belonging to a national organization, they are able to arrive at a consensus, which is the CFA Standard of that breed.

The true breeder is the link between the past and the future. Since she is well aware that the buyer of today may be the breeder of tomorrow, she does her best to educate people who purchase her cats in grooming, diet, and general care, and to instill in them the ideals and values on which she has built her reputation.   Even when the cat or kitten is sold, the breeder's help and advice does not end, but continues throughout the cat's life, a responsibility cheerfully accepted by her without expectation of compensation. Though the efforts involved of properly caring for kittens may cause her sleepless nights and untold worries, she will never let a single kitten or older cat leave for a home that is not as good as or better than the one she is providing.  While often not fully appreciated until AFTER the kitten or cat is brought home, this screening by the breeder is the greatest protection a cat purchaser can have.

Beware of the backyard breeders, as they rarely ask questions.  Their main concern is to sell kittens as quickly as possible in order to avoid additional expense and work. Their interest ends when the sale is completed, and they rarely guarantee the kittens general health for feline immunity-related and inheritable diseases.

 

 

 

 

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