by NativeRemedies on June 3rd, 2010 at 7:00 am
There are a lot of misconceptions about the Sphynx cat- throughout history, the Sphnx has been the butt of many jokes due to its odd alien-like features. However, for some Sphnx lovers, their congenial demeanor keeps them wanting more!
The Sphynx was first introduced in 1966 in Toronto, Canada, when a cat gave birth to a hairless kitten named Prune. Since its origins are from Canada, the Sphynx is also known as the Canadian Hairless. The look of the Sphynx is unmistakable, and is noted for its seemingly lack of hair and batty ears.
The most publicity the Sphynx has had in the recent years is from the Austin Powers movies, which turned the breed into a pop culture phenomenon- this previously rare breed to own now ranks seventh in popularity among the breeds recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association.
Some of the misconceptions that people have about Sphynx cats are that they are hairless, but this simply isn’t true. The Sphynx actually has a “coat” but it is more like peach fuzz. Since the coat of this cat is so thin, some owners find it helpful to clothe their cat in pet sweaters or pet T-shirts, especially during the colder months.
The Sphynx also is not hypoallergenic, so for those who are allergic to cat hair or dander, getting a Sphynx may not be the solution to the problem.
What is the Biggest Concern for Owning a Sphynx?
An issue that most Sphnyx owners contend with is their oily skin. Due to the lack of hair to soak up any body oils, a Sphynx must be bathed on a regular basis. Cats in general are famous for hating water, with the exception of some water lovers of course, so giving a Sphynx a bath may be very cumbersome.
It is important to experiment with different techniques since all animals react differently to bathing. Some cats like to be put into an empty basin and have water poured in slowly rather than being fully submerged. Bathing a Sphynx is simple; just make sure that you use a gentle cleanser, and never use human shampoo.
What are They Like to Live With?
Sphynx cats are very lovable, and because they are hairless, they love to cuddle and get warm by using their owner as a natural radiator. There is no need for a comb or a brush while living with a Sphynx, and you never have to worry about getting cat hair off furniture or clothing.
Sphynx cats are very social creatures and they can be taught to be walked on a leash and follow voice commands; they are often described as one of the most affectionate and intelligent of all cat breeds.
Things You Should Know:
- They can get sunburned; use cat-safe sun block when a Sphynx is outdoors
- Prone to having a few health problems
- They are not hypoallergenic
- They have a high metabolism and need to eat heartily
- Some may need a daily sponging based on body oils
- High-energy breed; great around children
- Low-risk for weight issues
- Owners need to clean their ears from oil build-up