Koko, an 11-year-old cat, has been used as a ‘breeding machine’ to earn its previous owners around £140,000 with more than 70 kittens sold for up to £2,000 each
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One hairless cat has been rescued by a sanctuary after she was nearly bred to death after being forced to give birth to around 70 kittens.
11-year-old cat Koko was being used as a “breeding machine” by her previous owners in a bid to earn the owners around £140,000.
The poor cat was forced to breed around a whopping 70 kittens that were each sold for around £2,000 each.
Koko and her brother nine year-old Nim arrived at Fylde Coast Cats in Blackpool last month.
When the pair arrived at the sanctuary they were in a terrible condition and looking “grubby and dirty”.
They were suffering from a highly contagious virus called feline calicivirus, that causes breathing problems and oral disease.
Also as a result of all of the breeding Koko had been left with a pouch so large that the skin folds over her back feet.
Nim on the other hand was found with bloody gums, and had to undergo a full tooth extraction.
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Both of the cats also have early kidney disease which is quite common in sphynxes and indicative of bad breeding.
The pair have racked up vets bills of almost £2,000.
Fylde Coast Cats founder Kim Millard said: “His gums were open and bleeding, and he’s got a massive pit in his tongue from ulceration.
“Obviously the breeder has used and abused them. Nim in particular is in a bad way. He’s extremely thin and can’t really eat because of the pain in his mouth.
“They’re desperate for attention all the time. They’ve obviously not had a very nice life. She’s got a great big pouch, and when she sits down the skin folds over her back feet.
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“They will have been making between £1,000 and £2,000 per kitten – multiply that by 70 and you’ve bought a house.”
Due to the extensive amount of health issues Kim fears that they will struggle to rehome the cats.
However she remains hopeful that an experienced owner will come forward to take care of them.
Kim added: “These cats have been bred for money. They haven’t been screened for heart or kidney issues. If you’ve got a sphynx, chances are it will die of a heart condition or kidney failure.
“I’ve had a couple of sphynxes of my own, so I have experience with them. They’re interesting creatures; they’re more like dogs in a lot of ways. They’re extremely needy and love attention.
“The problem is that people take them on without doing proper research. You have to bathe them. They’ve got very sensitive skin, they get cold very easily, they can’t go out, they get sunburned very easily.
“People think they’re interesting things and go out and buy them – it’s a bit of a fad – but they’re hard work. They’re like the French bulldogs of the cat world.”