Notable in the cat fancy to their uncommon hairless coat, the Sphynx cat is an affable, affectionate, and affectionate feline that thrives in human attention. It loves lolling under the sun for warmth whenever there’s an opportunity, or be adorable cuddle buddies under the covers at night. Despite their majestic appearance, a frisky, silly, and clowny feline lies inside. It loves to entertain families, follow their owners around the house, and act more of a dog rather than a cat.
Origin of the Sphynx Cat
Resembling its regal look, the Sphynx cat’s name after the Egyptian sphinx. But, while they look like perfect companions of the Pharaohs, this breed originated more than 6,000 miles from Egypt as it originally traces its roots from Canada.
The first Sphynx cat was born in the Great White North in 1966 with its hairlessness coming from a genetic mutation. Some breeders found the non-furry characteristic of the Sphynx cat desirable and started developing the breed to produce hairless offspring.
Soon, the breed found its way to America and is also gaining popularity in Europe. The feline was first recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association in 2002, and then The International Cat Association in 2005. However, some cat registries deny accepting the Sphynx cat, basing on the notion that the breed’s hairless feature is a genetic anomaly, which may threaten the cat’s overall health.
Physical Characteristics of the Sphynx Cat
Length: 13 to 15 inches
Weight: 8 to 12 pounds (Males), 6 to 9 pounds (Females)
Life Expectancy: 6 to 12 pounds
Coat Color: White, blue, black, red, chocolate, cream, fawn, cinnamon, and lavender, with different shadings and patterns
Type of Coat: Hairless, but some have a fine fur
Eye Color: Varies
Sphynxes are fairish-sized, with a sleek, nicely muscled body, dense and hefty for its size. They are conspicuous for their distinct look, characterized by hairless skin and largish bat-like ears. Their head is triangular, with defined cheekbones and wide-set eyes. While they may seem entirely bald, further scrutiny will show that they have a super-delicate fur coat, providing them a velvet-like feel. Their color varies, depending on the skin pigmentation patterns, which can occur in almost all colors.
Sphynx Cat Personality
Sphynx cats are the epitome of being a people cat. These felines are a loving breed that often wants to be the center of attention. Indeed, eyes will be drawn to them, given their energetic, goofy, and frisky behavior. These critters always want to jive in with whatever activities their humans are doing, while boasting their “hey, i’m here” demeanor.
Thriving in human companionship, Sphynx cats will follow their owners from room to room, curl on their laps, or perch on their shoulders. They demand attention. Given their high vigor, acrobatic skills, and innate sense of humor, these cats would do anything for a laugh and show off for their owners’ attention.
If not rewarded with the mindfulness they like, these inquisitive Sphynx cats will channel their energy to survey their surroundings, look for high points in the house, chase insects, or even resort to some naughty stuff.
But, despite their goofiness, they are affectionate cats who will be happy to be held, and cuddle with their owners, or sleep under the covers with their families at night for warmth.
Caring for the Sphynx Cat
While hairless, the Sphynx cats need the same upkeeps as their furry cousins in the cat fancy. Truth to be told, they may even require more effort than grooming other feline breeds. Weekly baths are essential for them not to leave any oil spots on clothing and furniture.
Afterward, they need to be lathered with gentle lotions to keep it healthy and moisturized. It is best to acquaint them with bathing at a young age for them to be more accepting of the activity as they grow up, making it less hassling for both sides.
As with other cat breeds, dental hygiene must be observed to avoid periodontal disease. Brushing their teeth weekly using vet-approved toothpaste can help promote their oral health. Other grooming needs are primary care, such as regular nail trimming, and weekly eye and ear cleaning.
Sphynx cats don’t have a fur coat to protect and keep them warm. During cold weather, getting them a decent sweater can help them retain their body heat. Moreover, their hairlessness makes them vulnerable to harmful UV rays. While they love to seek warmth from sunspots, direct exposure must be limited as they can quickly get a sunburn.
Having them as an indoor-only cat poses less risk for excessive sun exposure. Plus, it will also help them avoid wild animal attacks, acquire diseases from other cats, or get into accidents and injuries. If they need to go outside for a walk or have an outdoor enclosure, lathering vet-approved sunscreen will prevent sunburns.
Aside from skin issues, Sphynx cats can be vulnerable to certain conditions, such as muscle weakness and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Proper nutrition, regular vet consultations, and getting preventative care all help in ensuring their optimum health.
Sphynx cats are perfect for families looking for a regal-looking cat, yet don’t want to miss the fun of having an entertaining companion. These felines are energetic, goofy, yet affectionate and always ready to shower love to families that would provide them the attention they rightfully deserve.