Recently, I posted a video of a Sphynx kitten on our Facebook page. Several people commented they would like to have one. Although Sphynx cats are quite unusual looking, they do require a hefty amount of special care. It’s important to be aware of the obligations before taking steps to add one to your family.
Sphynx cats are very unique, considered “hairless” event though they do have a light fuzz on their body. Because they have so little hair, they do require special care, different from other cat breeds.
Here are some points to keep in mind if you’re thinking about getting a Sphynx:
Their skin produces a large amount of oil. A Sphynx cat needs bathed at least once a week with shampoo designed for use on cats to prevent skin diseases like feline acne
Sphynx Cats Must Wear Sunscreen When Outside
Because they have such fine hair, if they will be spending any time outside they will need sunscreen specially formulated for cats to prevent sunburn
Although the Sphynx doesn’t have hair in their ears, they produce large amounts of dark ear wax that will block the ear canal and lead to infection if left uncleaned.
Moderate Temperature Inside
Since they don’t have fur to help them stay warm, it is important to keep the climate inside warm as they tend to get cold easily
Prone To Health Issues
Sphynx cats are prone to health issues such as heart problems, joint issues, bad teeth and severe digestive issues. They also tend to be very susceptible to fungal infections.
Need Lot of Attention
This breed is quite intelligent and absolutely love their people. A Sphynx needs much attention from his guardian and will use his quite loud voice to make his presence known. They don’t do well if left alone for long periods of time. If you’ll be gone for periods of time, consider getting two Sphynxes so they’ll keep each other company.
Not Guaranteed To Be Allergy-Free
No cat is 100% allergy-free for those that suffer from cat allergies. Since the Sphnyx has less hair and dander to aggravate allergies, this breed can be a wise choice, but may not be totally foolproof.
The Sphynx is a very unique breed that can be a great companion, but they do require more care than other cat breeds. Be sure you’re up for the challenge before adding one to your family.
After doing research, if you’re convinced this is the cat breed for you, I would check out rescue groups first. Search on sites such as petfinder.com or adoptapet.com. Also do an online search for Sphynx cat rescue groups.