Monday, September 5, 2011
The Sphynx breed, also known as the Canadian Hairless Cat, had kind of a rough time getting going. When I saw Epidermis at a cat show back in the 80's, I had no idea she was such a rarity. Most of them died; the males didn't want to breed, and when they did, the females usually lost the litters. It took years of patient breeding to establish the breed, and round out the gene pool enough to have strong cats. What a lot of work! As Tiggy said, it didn't take any effort at all for us to get our own 'Sphynx'.
Some of you have already followed the adventures of Potto Turken. If you haven't, you should click on THIS. Potto had a startling case of Feline Pattern Baldness after being sick. Yesterday, his FPB went from startling to downright appalling. A victim of cruel misfortune, Potto now faces the winter with less fur than you would need to knit a cardigan for a hummingbird.
Sent to our home for specialized care, Potto only needed a cursory examination for me to see that he needed something. Fur! Even in the mild cool of early morning, he huddled and shivered all over his human companions. It was truly pitiful.
So, in the absence of Potto's own natural splendor, I have begun crafting him his own beautifully crocheted Bald Place Warmer. It's even ~nearly~ the same lush shade of gray.
The Coat of Only One Color is nearly finished. By tomorrow he'll be able to wear it. Or perhaps tear it ungratefully to pieces and eat it. Only time will tell.