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Sphynx cat: 6 things you need to know before adopting one

When you think of cats you think of fur. Lots of fur, and fluffy tails. Perhaps one of the most uncatlike looking cat is the Sphynx cat. A majestical creature that you either love or don’t.

If you are considering becoming an owner of this typical breed there are a few things you have to take into consideration. There are of course the basics, like do you have what it takes to be a good pet owner? Do you have the time and space available for this cat to live a happy life? And are you able to provide food and medical care if needed?

Buying a cat is usually the easiest part of the process, caring for it the hardest. However, remember that you will get a lot of love and affection in return. The Sphynx cat is a very loving breed that needs a specific type of care.

Skincare is essential for your Sphynx cat

A lot of people think that a Sphynk cat doesn’t need any grooming or skin care. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Even though brushing is not necessary, it is essential to keep the skin of your cat in a good condition. This all starts with a good diet according to Kirsten Kranz, founder and executive director of Wisconsin-based Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue.

It’s important to buy high quality food to control the amount of oil produced by their skin. More oil means a higher chance on getting ear infections and skin problems.

If the skin gets to oily you can give your Sphynx cat the occasional bath. Keep in mind though to not overdo it and to use only gentle and soap-free products that don’t dry out the skin too much.

Caring for your cats exterior is especially important for a Sphynx. As they are more prone to health problems, but with the proper care your new cat can live a very long and healthy life.

They are not hypoallergenic

No fur, no sneezing, right? That’s not the case with Sphynx cats. Even without the fur the protein that causes allergies in people can be found on their skin and in their saliva.

The real benefit of them not having hair however is no shedding. No pillows covered in fur or arriving at work with hairs all over your pants. For me this is a big plus for owning this breed.

Sphynx cats are very friendly

Contrary to what most people think, Sphynx cats are actually very loving. They want your constant attention and affection. When you come home they will be waiting for you at the door and follow you around like a puppy.

As soon as you sit down they would want a cuddle and go off to sleep in your lap. Despite their, for some, scary appearance they are one of the sweetest cat breeds in the world.

Not from Egypt

When I think of the Sphynx I think of Egypt and I imagined pharaohs sitting on their thrones petting their hairless cats. To be honest I was a little disappointed finding out that this breed is actually from Canada. They were bred to resemble the cats of old Egypt, resulting in their slim fram and angular heads, but they are a relatively new breed.

The breed started out by accident in 1966 when a litter was born with one hairless kitten due to a birth defect. Throught careful breeding over the years slowly a new breed of cat was born, that was finally accepted by the cat association for shows in 2002.

They do have hair!

Even a hairless cat still has some hair. To find them you have to look really closely at the skin. There you will see very fine hairs that give the skin its distinctive suede like feeling.

On their skin you will also so a pattern of dark and light spots making up their unique pattern. So, even without the fur you would still be able to pick your cat out from the crowds. Remember though that this cat needs some protection whilst going out.

Protect their skin and keep them warm

In a sense the Sphynx cats look like us humans. Just like us their skin needs protection from the sun. So if your cat like to go out a bit for an outdoor adventure just remember to apply a very mild sunscreen to protect their skin from burning.

During the colder months the cat would need some form of clothing to keep them from getting cold. If it’s time for you to get your winter attire, make sure you get the same cloths for your cat. And make a cozy place for them near a heater or fire place in case they get too cold. Not to close however as this can cause damage to their skin.

To summarize

The Sphynx is an energetic and loving cat breed. Don’t let the scary appearance fool you as they are one of the most socials cat breeds out there. They do need some specific care though to keep their skin in a grat condition.

This all starts with the correct diet. Make sure you give them the healthiest diet possible to keep their skin oils in check. Also an occasional bath will help with this. And make sure to protect their skin from sunlight and other sources that could cause harm. Just like you would do with your own skin.

If you can provide this cat with the necessary care and attention you will have a loving friend for the next 8 to 14 years. The safest way to welcome a new Sphynx into your home is by getting one from an experienced breeder. Not only do they pay attention to create the healthiest gene pool, but they can also give you all the advice necessary for being the perfect owner. Another great way of welcoming a Sphynx cat into your home is by adoption. Check your local shelters to see if a new – not so furry – friend is waiting for you there.

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