When you think about Sphynx cats, the fact that they are hairless is probably the first thing that comes to your mind. It just seems so unnatural, but for them it is completely normal! The truth be told, Sphynx cats are actually a product of a spontaneous mutation that occurs naturally, and it isn’t uncommon among cats!
You may not know this, but they aren’t completely hairless. They just appear that way. They are covered in soft down that feels suede-like, almost like a peach. This keeps them warm, and also makes them soft to touch. They grow to a medium size, and appear wrinkled and their ears are shaped a lot like satellite dishes. Males weigh anywhere from six to twelve pounds, and females are usually a bit smaller.
When you choose a Sphynx cat, you will get a lot more than just their strange looks. They have a curious and intelligent character, and they love to be with people. They will do just about anything they can to get attention, because they absolutely love your attention!
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The History of the Sphynx Cat
Sphynx cats first appeared in Canada in the 1960’s, or at least this was the first noted hairless cat born to a regular domestic cat with fur. It, however, was not the first hairless cat. In Mexico, there were a pair of hairless cats that were not associated with the Sphynx. The Canadian Sphynx was bred with other cats, like the American Shorthair and the Devon Rex, and then bred again with a hairless cat to create a large population of Sphynx cats.
Temperament and Personality
We already mentioned the fact that Sphynx cats are really curious and intelligent, but what about their temperament? Most people that have ever had a Sphynx cat will tell you that they are very affectionate and love to snuggle. This is due in part to the fact that they try to stay warm, but they also are just ‘people cats’.
Sphynx cats are better off in pairs, especially if you work outside of home and they will be at home a majority of the day by themselves. This gives them added comfort when you are away. When you do get home, you should expect them to follow you around the house. They are always so curious about what you have going on, and they want to be right in the middle of it. This is just because they love you!
Every breed of cat has the potential to have health problems, but the Sphynx cat is more prone to certain conditions than other breeds.
While they are typically pretty healthy, they are more prone to conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is the most common type of heart disease in felines. Another common condition among this breed is hereditary myopathy, which affects their muscle tone and function. This is a rare condition, but it does happen.
Here are a few other health conditions that you will want to watch out for:
- Skin conditions
- Periodontal disease
Talk to your vet about the best ways to prevent these conditions and ensure your cat stays healthy.
How to Find a Sphynx Cat
If a Sphynx cat is at the top of your wish list, you might want to know where to find them.
It is a good idea to do some research on breeders before you jump straight in and adopt a Sphynx cat. Reputable breeders will abide by the code of ethics, and they will perform important health screens to ensure that they are breeding healthy cats. Here are a few red flags to be on the lookout for that may indicate an irresponsible breeder that you won’t want to deal with:
- Always having kittens available
- Having multiple litters of kittens
- Having the option to pay for a kitten with a credit card online
While it may seem like this would make it very convenient for you, it is almost always a sign of a disreputable breeder.
Fun Facts About Sphynx Cats
Here are a few fun facts, some of which you may not have known, about Sphynx cats:
- Their skin is a lot like the skin of a peach.
- Their ears can grow to two or three inches in height.
- They like to meet new people, and make great therapy cats or show cats.
- They are sturdy and medium boned, with muscles and athleticism.
- Sphynx cats must be bathed often since they don’t have fur to absorb oils emitted from their skin.
As you can see, Sphynx cats aren’t your average cat. They do require special care and attention, but they can also be the most loving breed! If you are considering a Sphynx, we recommend doing your research! Do you have a Sphynx cat? If so, share a funny story about them in the comments below!
They say some people are ‘dog people’ and others are ‘cat people’. I’m a cat person! I got my first cat when I was in the 2nd grade. I had to beg my mom to let me keep him. He was an orange tabby, and I have been partial to them ever since! We currently have three cats.
Being a cat person, I am always trying to learn more about why cats do the things they do. Cats are such loving animals, but they can be so fickle. I guess I can kind of relate to their behavior, and that is probably what attracts me to them.