The sphynx cat has no coat (fur). It was developed through selective breeding that began way back in the 1960s in Canada.
In this piece, we’re going to tackle all that you need to know about Sphynx cats and also everything that there is in their caretaking.
Sphynx cat ownership requires a ton of research. Without your homework, you are not recommended to get one of these as they require a higher level of care.
What it means is that you should have your research on topics not limited to common cat diseases (like HCM), the problems your breeder points out, and hygiene issues.
But before we move on to more advanced discussion, it’s important to understand the common qualities and traits of sphynx cats so that you can make more informed decisions about their care.
Common qualities of the sphynx cat
Sphynx cats don’t have fur and as a result, there are certain differences in how a sphynx behaves as compared to other breeds of cats. Besides these differences, there are also certain biological and physiological differences that you should know beforehand.
- Sphynx cats lose more heat from their bodies because they lack a coat. This results in them seeking sources of heat even when indoors. When you touch a sphynx cat, you’ll find it to be warmer than the usual cat.
- These cats aren’t always completely hairless. In fact, many sphynxes are more likely to have very fine hair, giving their skin a chamois texture. If not so, they are completely hairless.
- Not all sphynxes have whiskers. Some have broken ones too.
- The sphynx cat is the only breed of cats with webbed feet and such a long, narrow head.
- Even if sphynx cats have no fur, they still have markings like regular breeds of cats (tortie, tabby, point, solid, van, and so on).
- Sphynx cats are very affectionate and also quite needy. So, make sure you’re there for your cat as much as possible. Otherwise, you’ll be facing a sphynx that’s depressed or even destructive sometimes.
Welcome home a dirt magnet!
Like all other cats, sphynxes also produce heat and incidentally, oils. Now, they have no fur to absorb the oils and so it’s all on their skin, waiting to be evaporated.
But here’s the catch: meanwhile, it acts as a strong dirt magnet. All that oil will trap a lot of dust even if your cat remains peacefully indoors most of the time. So, with a sphynx cat, you’re supposed to gear up for a more rigorous and frequent hygiene regime.
Another thing to pay attention to is that if your sphynx is regularly in contact with fabrics, then they can have a lot of oil marks in a short span of time. In fact, some sphynxes require weekly or even more frequent washing of your fabrics.
If you’re facing stubborn stains, then go for a pet stain removal product.
Cleaning your sphynx cat
Sphynx cats require more frequent cleaning. Gunk buildup (especially around their webbed toes, claws, ears, etc.) is very constant and might pose a problem if you don’t wash them frequently.
Sphynxes will require litter box cleaning more frequently. If not, be ready for the soiling of your favorite carpet! Keeping them clean also ensures their relatively more sensitive skin doesn’t develop infections, which they’re highly prone to anyway.
Cleaning them with nourishing coconut oil and cat-friendly soaps is a good idea. Dry them quickly.
Taking care of their body temperature
As mentioned, sphynx cats have no fur and as a result, they’re colder than usual. They will regularly seek sources of heat and it’s your job to provide them with plenty of them.
If the temperature is cold enough for you to become uncomfortable when naked, so it is for your sphynx too.
A couple of ways are keeping your room temperature a few degrees higher than usual and getting your cat proper clothing. Remember, cat clothing is very different from other pet clothing so you need to make informed decisions and a substantial investment here.
Heating pads set on a low temperature are also a good idea but you should always make sure it’s not too hot to give your cat burns. But if clothing and warm temperatures don’t work and your cat still seeks warmer sources, heating pads should be seriously considered.
Sphynx cats like to eat more often
As a result of better and more active metabolism, sphynxes will want to eat almost constantly when they’re not resting.
This doesn’t give you the right to free feed them as much as they want because obesity can lead to serious problems, not to mention higher vet bills.
To counteract that, only get high-quality food like organic whole prey kibble and raw meat. It will keep your sphynx health and sated for longer periods of time.
Needless to say, only opt for fresh food unless you want to be fried with alien laser beams that sphynxes shoot out of their large, lemon-shaped eyes. Well, at least mine did.
Keep them home
Hairless pets are not supposed to go out unsupervised for longer periods of time, if at all. Similarly, sphynxes should also be considered an indoor pet.
As a sphynx cat owner, it will be your job to keep your cat inside and properly satisfied with food, cleaning, and warmth.
Fleas and ticks will make your cat’s life a nightmare, and yours too. So, it’s a win-win situation.
Always go for the prescribed medication in case of fleas and don’t go for treatments as their skins are more sensitive.
Also, if they’re out they’ll quickly get sunburns and bug bites as they don’t have a fur to repel any of that. Pollution will also have an adverse effect on their skin.