JoAnne Dyck of Alberta, Canada thought she was spending $700 on a rare hairless Sphynx cat only to discover she (and the poor feline) were both the victims of a ruthless scam.
Rather than actually selling rare and highly sought-after hairless cats, a cruel breeder had simply shaved some kittens using razors and hair removal creams. They even plucked out the whiskers with a tweezer.
Dyck noticed that the cat, Vlad, was very skinny and seemed a little different from her other Sphynx cats (he didn’t get along well with the others) but she simply attributed it to the cat being a newcomer. Then, when the hair began to grow back after a few weeks, the pieces started to fall into place.
She noted the cat had been crying quite a bit upon arrival and when she saw cuts on the cats tail, her suspicions grew even more. She began to realize the cat was probably in pain from whatever brutal hair removal process that cat had been through.
When she took the cat to the vet, an animal doctor confirmed the cat had been shaved and was not of the Sphynx breed. The vet also said the cat was likely in pain from whatever he had been through.
In addition, the vet said the cuts on Vlad’s tail were so badly infected; the cat might have had to get his tail amputated. Fortunately, Vlad was spared this fate, but it could have been much worse.
Vlad’s hair has since grown back, and he’s found a home with a woman who can give him the love he deserves. Meanwhile, Dyck will be more careful before she trusts a breeder again.
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