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Pregnant Sphynx??

post #1 of 35
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Hey guys, I have been lurking and reading for quite some time and finally joined today. This is a great site with a wealth of information. My female sphynx, I thought was five weeks pregnant. Her nipples are pink and they have begun sord of hanging. They have a lump about the diameter of a dime underneath them. I thought this meant they are preparing for milk. However, yesterday my other female was playing with her, nipping at her neck and she assumed the position, if you know what I mean. Hind end up and starting treading. My male watched all of this from the couch and never got up, was absolutely, not interested in her at all. Will females that are pregnant still exhibit this behaivor or does this mean she isn't pregnant or possible is having a false pregnancy. I have been counting down the days and now I think I may have gotten my hopes up for nothing. Thanks for any help you may have.
post #2 of 35
Does she "look" pregnant or just the nipples? My advice is to take her to the vet to find out for sure. Cats can still be in HEAT while pregnant. Issue with becoming pregnant after being pregnant is that when she goes into labor with the kittens that are ready, the ones that were not ready are expelled at the same time and do not make it.

I suggest you separate the cats and take the one you think is pregnant to the vet for some answers!
post #3 of 35
Thread Starter 
Thanks, did not know that..... I will take her to the vet to confirm. Her belly was looking rounder from looking down on her and then the last couple of day its seems to have dropped and looks more like it is hanging more. Hard to explain, sorry. I will give my vet a call and separate them.
post #4 of 35
My cat that just had her kittens was semi the same. She was round and then right before she had them, her belly dropped and it was all hanging. lol. Around her nipples it became "fuller" and saggy, felt like actual boobs

From what you say, she sounds pregnant! - Only way to know for sure is to see the vet so you are doing the right thing!
post #5 of 35
Its not common (like in dogs) but she could be having a false pregnancy. Maybe take her to the vet for a scan to see if she has kittens in there or not.
post #6 of 35
I have 2 Devons, and my female has the dime sized glands in her breasts that show so easily. I think that symptoms of pregnancy in the bald ones should be much easier to see since they have no hair to hide anything. My female has sphynx in her and she's pretty much got no hair on her underbelly. I am pretty sure I will know if she's pregnant or not after 3 weeks post mating.

Do you have any pictures of her for us to view?
post #7 of 35
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I'm at work right now, (i know, I'm bad being on the computer). I will definantly get you some pics tonight. I have one male and two females. They are all extemely hairless and beautiful if I don't say so myself.
post #8 of 35
I was trying earlier to take some pictures of Bonnie and her underside, but my camera is out of batteries and I don't have any laying around...have to get some tomorrow. I just wanted to show what her boobies looked like today...they're hot pink again. Not sure if she's pregnant or not...she WAS in heat and my boy has been trying, but I haven't witnessed a mating.

We are in the midst of selling our house and showing it to prospective buyers. We have to lock up the 5 cats in my sewing room downstairs so I'm sure that being locked in the same room for a couple hours each day gave Bonnie no room to hide. I have no choice though. My house must sell so I can move into the house we bought that's twice the size I have now....need it for more cats!! LOL
post #9 of 35
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Originally Posted by lele View Post
I'm at work right now, (i know, I'm bad being on the computer). I will definantly get you some pics tonight. I have one male and two females. They are all extemely hairless and beautiful if I don't say so myself.
Being bad for coming to TCS! Never!
I own a Sphynx.
So you show these cats? Are they all intact?
post #10 of 35
cococat, how do you like your sphynx? I want one to add to my kitty family as they are truly unique animals. I don't think I would buy show or breeder quality, because I wouldn't be breeding the cat. I however, am having a hard time finding one anywhere close to me anyways. But, I don't necessarily NEED one right at the moment with moving and all....I'm just a crazy cat lady I guess!
Susan
post #11 of 35
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Sorry didn't have time to get on last night. I actually do not show right now although my three Sphynx are all show quality and intact. I am just starting out breeding and have several mentors that are helping along the way. I have three kids ages 13, 10, 7 and 2 great dane (fixed, thank goodness, one boy one girl). Now do you know why I don't show. Where's the time....
post #12 of 35
They are nice looking Sphynx. Wish you had the pedigrees posted on your site.
post #13 of 35
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Originally Posted by skewch View Post
cococat, how do you like your sphynx? I want one to add to my kitty family as they are truly unique animals. I don't think I would buy show or breeder quality, because I wouldn't be breeding the cat. I however, am having a hard time finding one anywhere close to me anyways. But, I don't necessarily NEED one right at the moment with moving and all....I'm just a crazy cat lady I guess!
Susan
Crazy cat ladies will love Sphynx! They are clowns, they are active, they are in your face, they are demanding, affectionate, endearing, and friendly, outgoing and social. They are a hit with visitors and with the vet, I haven't met a shy one yet. Mine adores my dogs.
They require a lot of up keep for a cat. Weekly bath and ear cleaning, also you have to clean the gunk between their paws. And they shouldn't go outside and can't tolerate frontline and flea and tick products of that nature. If you are going to a breeder, be sure the cattery scans the hearts of their breeding cats before breeding for your kitten.
post #14 of 35
cococat,

My devons are just like that...just crazy! And they also get regular ear cleanings...usually when they're sleeping on me or in my bed. Their nails haven't been dirty at all, but I do clip the nails as often as I can...again, when they are sleeping. I'm a stay at home mom, so it's easy for me to laze around with them, love them, feed them (often times too much LOL) I have 3 siamese as well, so I'm never lonely when I'm home! Bonnie has 1/4 sphynx in her and she's got so many qualities of a sphynx but with the devon face/mask. The other day I caught her sitting on TOP of my curtain rod in the kitchen!!! I am trying to sell this house and she went and bent the rods! She's not fat by any means (we call her Tube), but the rods are cheap!!! Anyway, I was able to fix the rods and supports. I wanted a picture so bad because I had a feeling nobody would believe me!

Since being in the location I am, finding a sphynx will be hard, but I am willing to wait. I am in no rush right now, and good things come to those who wait
post #15 of 35
Very nice Sphynx - now I see why you call her Oreo

Are they all titled yet? Do you show often?
post #16 of 35
Wow!

Really, I have never found the appearance of this breed complementary to my tastes.... however....... these cats are absolute beauties, I especially love the full blue.

Very lovely cats!! Good luck with your potentially preggo baby.
post #17 of 35
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Originally Posted by tsarinanikol View Post
Really, I have never found the appearance of this breed complementary to my tastes...
Speaking from experience they are much different in person, make a different impression than pictures
post #18 of 35
I've seen them at shows, held them, petted them. They are cute (rex like personality) but I too want to pet fur - not skin
post #19 of 35
my SO wants a sphynx i told him if im allowed an abby he can have one
dont they feel like velvet?
post #20 of 35
I have never actually seen a Sphynx, but my daughter has, and she describes the feel of them as a warm peach. She wants one, but her daughter, 3, didn't like them. She told her mommy that cats should not be "nekkid."
post #21 of 35
The cats who feel like velvet are the Cornish Rex. Sphynx feel like warm suede - not velvet
post #22 of 35
One of the things I check out is the breeder cats official names as the breeders in my opinion deserve recognition so I would put their official names up plus it lends credibility to your program.
Daisy
post #23 of 35
I am getting a Sphynx and I can no wait. We have to get a House first though.
post #24 of 35
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your comments. The website is very new and I am just starting to make my updates. It will soon include the pedigrees and lots of other information that I know needs to be added. Yes my cats have all been HCM tested are Feline Leuk. and Feline Aids tested NEG. Just haven't had the time yet to add everything on the site and I have never had a website sooooo I am still learning how to add everything. These cats are hilarious. I have family and friends that have squirmed and said "I don't want to touch that thing" when they first encountered these guys and now, having been around them and seen the great personalities, want to snatch them from me. It is really funny, they truly grow on you. Now when I see a "hairy" cat I think it looks weird, really.
post #25 of 35
Along the same lines, when Charlie was in the finals in a ring, there was a sphynx in the finals and Charlie could kinda see it in the cage from where he sat.

He kept staring at the cat the entire time - probably wondering WHY there was no fur on the cat!

What associations do you show your cats in?
post #26 of 35
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post

What associations do you show your cats in?
This might help answer your question, I don't know if Lele has shown before and isn't showing right now or if they don't show?
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I actually do not show right now although my three Sphynx are all show quality and intact. I am just starting out breeding and have several mentors that are helping.
Lele - Are your cats TICA of CFA reg or both?
post #27 of 35
I missed that part.....

To the OP - if your cats are show quality, then you really should be showing them instead of just breeding them. Most breeders start out by showing THEN get show quality to breed. And you will know if you really have quality cats if you show
post #28 of 35
Thread Starter 
Sorry, my computer is down at home so didn't get you questions until this morning. I have TICA Cattery and two of my cats are TICA only registered. My other female is CFA and TICA registered. My male who I think is a great specimin had his tale stuck in a door when he was a kitten and now has a pretty good scar so I am pretty sure puts him out of the running as far as showing. I would actually love to show and have started looking for shows in my area. I am a little intimidated. I have heard stories from both ends. Some say showing is all about the clicks and unless you know the judge or other top breeders you will spend a lot of money and not get much out of it. Others say it is a must to learn more about the breed and help strive to better the breed within you breeding program. I am still debating and would like to know of you experiences if anyone wants to input. I am like I said before a little intimidated...
post #29 of 35
The male would be unshowable, even if it was an injury. I would seriously get some of your cats in the show ring - at least to get championship (not that hard). It will look better on you and the cats if they are titled.

There are circumstances where some cats can't be shown yet they will produce top quality kittens/cats that have gone on to get Grand Championships - that should be your goal. Without showing something, how can you really say you have quality cats or the kittens will be quality?

In Charlie's case, his mom was never shown as she was in/out of heat all the time - yet she has produced many Grand Champion/Premier offspring. His pedigree is loaded with titled cats - mostly Grands

Charlie is a new ACFA Grand now; still working on CFA's Grand.

With Jack, he may not have as many grands in his pedigree cause a lot of his family goes back to Europeon lines and their champion titles are probably closer to our grand titles. I have to wait and see who are his parents and then see what he has
post #30 of 35
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Originally Posted by lele View Post
I have heard stories from both ends. Some say showing is all about the clicks and unless you know the judge or other top breeders you will spend a lot of money and not get much out of it. Others say it is a must to learn more about the breed and help strive to better the breed within you breeding program. I am still debating and would like to know of you experiences if anyone wants to input. I am like I said before a little intimidated...
From my experience I believe it goes both ways I also believe if you have a really good cat it will win no matter who you are. I have also seen imo some not so good cats win because they are from a top cattery so imo it does go both ways. But you must start somewhere and if that means at the bottom with so so cats than be it. Getting your name out there and meeting other breeders shows how dedicated and willing you are to preserve and improve your breed and that you are a responsible breeder.

I do not feel it is possible to understand your breed standard without showing and seeing your breed in the ring with others of that breed. You will learn which cats the judges like and why. You will learn what qualities that you like or need to improve on for each cat you show. And by knowing the qualities you will be able to choose which cats to breed to which lines. And that is why you must show to be a responsible breeder.
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