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Peterbald — 10 Comments

  1. What an extraordinary selection of cats.

    Can anyone tell me what drives breeders to produce cats that have such important, functional items such as hair, missing?

    Could the production of such breeds be the point when humans stop and ask themselves “ok, we can do this, but should we be doing it?”

    • The motive is ‘dominion over animals’ 🙂

      It is playing God. I dislike cat breeding. To create a hairless cat for the pleasure of it looks wrong to me but maybe it’s just me. The Peterbald is a rare cat breed. Semi-hairless, something like the Sphynx but with sparse hair and a slender frame.

    • Hi Everyone, I am Virginia from Atlantis Cats. I read some of the objections above & I will respond. Although Peterbalds can be “naked” AND indeed that IS a flaw of nature. Nature has many flaws & when you see one on the outside it can hide other flaws on the inside of any animal breed. That said, we can breed healthy, long-lived Peterbalds (I do it). This takes some dedication, education, vet assistance, honesty and the reason WHY you breed. I breed the PD (Peterbald) because it is one of the most beautiful cats out there. When Jane above ask “should we do it?” Well, the answer to that is what my vet taught me, you either do it right or do not do it at all. Never pass heartbreak down the line to another person. That is rude & just nasty. The PD is more like a little dog actually, they are so smart & loving. Mine are mostly hairless & it is pretty cold here in Georgia, but it doesn’t bother the cats. They do have sweaters (but mostly they like being naked). Like with any animal you have to provide it with living conditions that are healthy. A lot of dogs are “naked” but we wouldn’t get rid of them. Now, when it comes to EXTREME breeding, yes, I’m against that. When you push a face in too much (like the Persian) it has trouble breathing. When you make cats or dogs too small & their health suffers that is horrid. The PD is a breed unto itself, it is not the Sphynx breed. Now, I’ll get a lot of complaints when I say the Sphynx breed got away from the good breeders & now everyone is breeding it, damn the PCR test or going to the vet. They only care about the money with few exceptions. They have heart issues & are greasy. The PD does not have those issues. I could go on about how to breed & what to look for when becoming a breeder, but it isn’t “pet ownership”, it’s not about making money. A good breeder does it so others can enjoy the breed. Before you buy any rare breed, ask the breeder if you can speak directly to their vet, ask if they PCR each litter. If you get any hesitation from that breeder DO NOT BUY THERE. I’m very happy to let anyone speak to my vet, I want them to. But then, I’m honest & very few breeders are honest. And just a side note, the OSH (oriental short hair) and the Siamese now have been infested with amyloids. There is no test at this time & no cure. They die at the 2 & 5-6 yr. mark. So just because it’s a known breed doesn’t make you safe. They spread that amyloids worldwide now. There are way to protect yourself, nothing is perfect, but before you buy, know what to look for. Again, speak to the vet, PCR testing, how many were in the litter, how many lived, did the mother have milk. Failure to any of those questions, don’t buy there.

  2. I would like to know if you can sell me a little Peterbald like of 3 to 6 months.
    Really I want one becuase Im allergic to the hair of the cats.
    I really need it and want it.
    PLEASE help me find one

    • Jorge, you WILL still be allergic to any hairless cat. I’ve seen people have even worse reactions because the cats are naked. It’s the saliva that causes people the allergy, not the hair exactly. Cats like their skin, you come in contact & it’s just not fun. I’m sorry. They are working on an injection for people who are allergic so they can own cats, but I’m not sure if it is ready for humans yet.

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  4. Hi Michael,

    Always good to see a page about a hairless cat breed 🙂

    Good and thorough run down and beautiful pictures.

    Provided you bathe them once a week combined with the fact that they shed less hair can make them relatively hypoallergenic. Otherwise it’s as you say – the allergic reaction comes from the saliva and all cats groom themselves, which puts saliva on their skin cells. That in turn gets on their hair like dandruff does on human scalps.

    Less hair (and less shed hair) means that it doesn’t get on furniture, clothing, and human skin quite as much.

    So in that way they CAN be relatively hypoallergenic. Same is true with other breeds of hairless cats. I know others might argue otherwise but that’s my belief.

    I might add that all Peterbald and Donskoy cats are descendents of a cat names Varya.

    I also might add that like all oriental short hairs – due to their build, these cats are more agile than the average cat.

    Nice read,

    =^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=

    • You shouldn’t have to give a Peterbald a bath once a week. I’m OCD about them being clean, and mine don’t need a bath except maybe every 4 – 6 months. They are not greasy at all.

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