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post #31 of 51
I didn't read the whole thread, just the main post.

I don't like sphynx cats.....their looks do not appeal to me at all. I like my cats and dogs with fur. BUT, that is my personal view and its based on aesthetics.

That said, I would never insult or make rude comments to a person who owns a breed that I personally don't like. That is just rude.
post #32 of 51
If I saw Cleo at the vet, I would have to ask permission to touch her, because I've heard so much praise of "warm peaches." She's not to my taste, necessarily, but I've seen some cats at the shelter who were patently "ugly" to me but who had wonderful personalities. Like people, we only see a new person or cat for the first few minutes. After that, all we see is the personality, and most of us would have a hard time actually describing a good friend, or a cat.

I've heard nasty comments about my hot rod, too. But it's mine, reflecting my personality, and I just let such comments roll off my back.
post #33 of 51
Oh if I had a $1 for every person that has ever said a Persian was ugly at the show - I'd be OH so rich!

Just like mrblanche said, let it roll off your back.
post #34 of 51
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats View Post
Oh if I had a $1 for every person that has ever said a Persian was ugly at the show - I'd be OH so rich!

Just like mrblanche said, let it roll off your back.
I was once AT a show watching a Siamese being judged, and some woman who was stood right behind me made a very loud comment about how much she hated them and they were just like rats with little ratty tails. This was AT a cat show where everyone ought to have been true cat-lovers, and ranks amongst the worst displays of bad manners I have ever witnessed, in a supposedly civilised setting. You could see a large portion of the crowd do a sharp intake of breath and glare at her. Unfortunately the cat fancy does contain some very rude and unpleasant people.
post #35 of 51
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I was once AT a show watching a Siamese being judged, and some woman who was stood right behind me made a very loud comment about how much she hated them and they were just like rats with little ratty tails. This was AT a cat show where everyone ought to have been true cat-lovers, and ranks amongst the worst displays of bad manners I have ever witnessed, in a supposedly civilised setting. You could see a large portion of the crowd do a sharp intake of breath and glare at her. Unfortunately the cat fancy does contain some very rude and unpleasant people.
I likely would have turned and pointed out how siamese have tails nothing like rats LOL I would know, I have a cage full of handsome little ratmen at home
post #36 of 51
Thread Starter 
Siamese tails do not look like rat tails at all.
Cleos tail did when she was younger.
There are a lot of rude people in Cfa I have seen.
Some breeders were rude to me once at the stockton show.
I asked if they knew where this other breeder was because I needed to talk to her and se got so rude.
post #37 of 51
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I likely would have turned and pointed out how siamese have tails nothing like rats LOL I would know, I have a cage full of handsome little ratmen at home
I wanted a pet rat SO badly when I was a kid (I even remember what type I wanted, a black & white hooded rat - always had a soft spot for bicolours LOL)! We weren't allowed to have rodents because living backing onto agricultural land we always had a problem with mice and rats coming in, and the food may well have attracted wild ones to try harder to get in!

I certainly do not view being like a rat as an insult - except this was said in a tone of voice that definitely made it so. And it was denigrating both Siamese/Orientals AND rats! Doubly rude and definitely unnecessary and ill-mannered!
post #38 of 51
How can people like that even call themselves animal lovers?!

I can understand being surprised to see a Sphynx if your'e not used to seeing one, but to just "not like" the breed in general is odd to me. It's a CAT. And I like CATs.

Heck, I even think possums are cute! I can't help it. All animals melt my heart.
post #39 of 51
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I wanted a pet rat SO badly when I was a kid (I even remember what type I wanted, a black & white hooded rat - always had a soft spot for bicolours LOL)! We weren't allowed to have rodents because living backing onto agricultural land we always had a problem with mice and rats coming in, and the food may well have attracted wild ones to try harder to get in!

I certainly do not view being like a rat as an insult - except this was said in a tone of voice that definitely made it so. And it was denigrating both Siamese/Orientals AND rats! Doubly rude and definitely unnecessary and ill-mannered!

I had a hooded rat when I was a kid... She was one of the best pets I ever had. That little rat rode around on my shoulder most of the time. I'd let her run loose in my bedroom too.. she never attempted to escape. They are very intelligent little pets.
post #40 of 51
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I had a hooded rat when I was a kid... She was one of the best pets I ever had. That little rat rode around on my shoulder most of the time. I'd let her run loose in my bedroom too.. she never attempted to escape. They are very intelligent little pets.
Despite waht some people would prefer to believe, rats are in fact just as intelligent as cats and dogs. With proper training and patience they learn tricks and can be litterbox trained. All of my rats come when called by name, they use a litter box and the only cute trick they ever learned was "beg".

I have siamese, rex, and hairless ratsLove my little men and one girly (she is spayed and was born blind)
post #41 of 51
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My sister has Rats.
She had a siamese rat and he bit Cocos tail and she was dripping blood.
She lost Oscar her blue rat last smmer after trying to save him.
She has 2 new rats that I found on craigs list that were abot to be snake food. She went all the way to Hayward to save them.
post #42 of 51
My rat had a little chest of drawers that she learned to open and close. I'd hide treats in there for her. It was a little plastic container that was meant to hold jewlery and small trinkets, but it became one of her favorite toys.

I've seen rats trained to do some cute tricks.. There is a Science museum here in OH called COSI.. its been a while since I've been there, but they did have some rats trained to play basket ball.
post #43 of 51
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My rat had a little chest of drawers that she learned to open and close. I'd hide treats in there for her. It was a little plastic container that was meant to hold jewlery and small trinkets, but it became one of her favorite toys.

I've seen rats trained to do some cute tricks.. There is a Science museum here in OH called COSI.. its been a while since I've been there, but they did have some rats trained to play basket ball.
I have been to COSI a few times!!! awesome place for kids and adults

My old man, Urn (he is 27 months-old for a rat LOL) loves empty coffee cans. He rolls them about the cage and drags his favorite blankie in to sleep with...very cute!

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She has 2 new rats that I found on craigs list that were abot to be snake food. She went all the way to Hayward to save them
That is wonderful!!! I have some rescue rats here with me, all of my nakeds were rescues. I only have a couple of pedigreed rats left and since I no longer show rats..I enjoy taking in the ratties that really need homes. I have more room and time these days!
post #44 of 51
I'm a rat fan too. All three of mine are but their names were Jack, Jaffa & Sally
post #45 of 51
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Originally Posted by mews2much View Post
My sister has Rats.
She had a siamese rat and he bit Cocos tail and she was dripping blood.
She lost Oscar her blue rat last smmer after trying to save him.
She has 2 new rats that I found on craigs list that were abot to be snake food. She went all the way to Hayward to save them.
Have you ever considered getting into Spynx breeding? It sounds like you're on the right track!
post #46 of 51
Thread Starter 
I have beentalking to some breeders about breeding later.
I will learn to show first with Cleo.
Then I will get a show sphynx this year.
I would wait until I know everything.
We have talked about waiting two years.
post #47 of 51
I guess people still want to judge a book by it's cover. Nothing wrong with being bald. A lot of bald people but a lot of them are nice and good. Same with the kitties.

Now I have to admit this since this is the first time I have had a kitty. While I was researching on where I could get a kitty, I saw some sphinx come up in results and all I thought was "hmmmm, this is different". Never heard of this type of kitten before. Bet they are darlings though. I didn't want a Persian since that is too much hair and then I found a site of a cattery that specializes in selling short haired Persians and I wanted one very bad but too expensive. I had never known that there are short haired Persians but I know they are expensive.

Now, if you don't mind; are pure bred sphinx also very expensive? I am not trying to ask you what you paid though. I am just wondering if they are expensive since they are unique.
post #48 of 51
Sphynx generally are a high-end priced cat. There are several reasons for this as well. I have 2 sphynx and paid a good amount for them and they are worth every penny and more. They are generally bred for health and temperment, the parents are carefully chosen for breeding. I will be doing it as I just love the breed and all cats in general. A lot of genetic testing goes into the breeding cats in a cattery, the cost of showing the cats, ensuring optimal health of the breed etc. has a lot to do with price.

I would give mine away for free if it wasn't for poor pet ownership that often occurs. When you pay a hefty price for an animal, you are genuinely interested in the breed and will do everything possible to keep the cat in the best health possible.
post #49 of 51
Thread Starter 
Sphynx are one of the expensive breeds of cats and are worth it.
I plan on getting another sphynx this year.
I will be showing Cleo soon.
post #50 of 51
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My sister tells me that my SunLee ( a modern Siamese) is the ugliest creature she's ever seen. She thinks SunLee looks more like an Alien creature than a cat. Although in truth SunLee is far from extreme, non the less she does have a different look than the Old Style Siamese. I just think a lot of people are not comfortable with cats that look "different" from all the rest.

Here's my little Princess. I see her as a beautiful creature.


I think SunLee is gorgeous HopeHacker.
post #51 of 51
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Now, if you don't mind; are pure bred sphinx also very expensive? I am not trying to ask you what you paid though. I am just wondering if they are expensive since they are unique.
I have yet to see a decent Sphynx for less than a thousand. I dont know that they are rare, but I hear people say that about them. I just dont think they are all that common. I love mine and would love to have another, but it will be a year or so before I start looking again. I need to save the money LOL
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