Guide To The Sphynx Cat

guide to sphynx cat

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Sphynx cat is a unique breed of hairless cats. They have no fur or hair on their bodies, literally; which makes them both unique and popular with many cat lovers.

These cats need affection, attention and proper socializing. If not tended to constantly, they tend to get heartbroken and depressed. They are gentle, somewhat shy darlings. But if you show them love and affection, they return it tenfold.  Always give them a companion either other cats or dogs.

Appearance

A sphynx cat is not entirely bold, compared to other common breeds. It is covered with a very thin layer of peach fuzz which gives them the feel of chamois leather on reaching adulthood. The fuzz is coloured and patterned as fur would be. Through the fine coat, their masculine bodies can be seen clearly. An adult Sphynx cat weighs between 8 and 15 pounds. It has a long, tapered tail that is hard to the touch. A sphynx cat has disproportionately large and broad ears set close together to create a fanning-out effect over its head. They have lemon-shaped eyes that match their skin tones in colour.

History

This hairless cat breed began in the 1960s as a result of natural gene mutation. Breeders began breeding cats with this mutation creating the Sphynx cat breed.

Health and care

Sphynx cats are pretty high maintenance. Taking care of them involves a lot of hard work as they do not have fur to protect them from outside elements. Although no brushing is involved, they require excellent grooming and care. These are some of the tips on how to care for a hairless cat;

  • Regularly bath the cat; A sphynx cat needs frequent baths. Their skin usually builds up oils and dirt, and this can cause irritation and infections. Bath them with warm water and quality pet shampoo at least weekly to maintain healthy and clean skin. Remember to clean between the toes. When bathing always confirms that all shampoo has been washed out as leftover shampoo may bother their skin when it dries. Pat them dry immediately after bath to prevent them from getting cold as a result of leftover moisture. After the bath, the cat may leave stains on the furniture.
  • Clean cat’s ears often;Since the cat has no hair in their ears, this can cause build-ups leading to blockage of the ear canal. Use a wet wipe or soft cloth to wipe inside the ears of the cat. The best time to clean ears is after bathing them as the wax is soft. Clean gently. Ear cleansers made for cats can be used. Consult with a vet before using any cleaning device on the cat to avoid complications. Cleaning the ears should be done a few times in a week to prevent infections.
  • Keep the cat warm; These cats are vulnerable to hot and cold temperatures. They are naked their entire lives with few ways of preserving body heat. Maintaining their body temperatures can be challenging. The cat is kept warm by cuddles, feeding them more frequently, wrapping them in blankets, maintaining the home temperature, placing the bed in sunlight and buying them jumpers. Their clothes need to be washed often as their skin is oily and sweaty. In hot and humid days, provide them with cool air as they overheat easily.

Allergies

Since these cats have little hair to shed, they’re the best breed for cat lovers who have allergies.

How much is a sphynx cat

A well-bred pedigree kitten costs from £250 to £800. To hold a kitten, a deposit is required and balance cleared on pick up. Kittens go home between 12-14 weeks old. The cost of the kittens includes the first two distemper vaccinations, a veterinary exam, deworming, blanket, sweater and registration papers.

The kitten leaves with a written health guarantee. The cost of insuring a sphynx is about £25.29 a month. The pet’s premium is dependent on factors such as the location, age of the cat, if neutered or spayed, etc. Sphynx cats require the best quality food, and this can cost from £15-£20 a month. It is important to factor in veterinary costs before buying them.

Where to get a sphynx cat 

Before buying the cat, talk to breeders and spend time with them. The kitten should have been reared within the home. It’s important to see the mother and siblings. The breeder can give information about the heart condition and can provide copies of the scan result of both kitten and parents. In the UK, there are still few breeders and so after paying one has to wait.

Some of the major breeders in the UK include;

  • Stoney Hill sphynx
  • Llynfi Valley Sphynx cat breeders
  • Amarogue sphynx
  • Anastazia sphynx