Sphynx Cat Advantages and Challenges
Sphynx Cat Physical Characteristics
Sphynx Cat Personality
Bald and wrinkly, the Sphynx cat is not everybody’s idea of love at first sight - but spend a few minutes with this pixie-faced charmer, and the Sphynx cat is guaranteed to win you over.
Sphynx Cat History and General Information
History and Origin
Hairless cats have been known over the centuries to be kept by the Aztecs and others, but the Sphynx is the first hairless cat that has been bred specifically for that trait. Named for its similarity to Egyptian cat sculptures, the Sphynx is also known - less elegantly, but more accurately - as the Canadian Hairless Cat. First bred in Canada, the Sphynx cat originated from a hairless domestic kitten born in a litter of shorthaired cats in 1966. It was discovered to be a natural mutation and the Sphynx cat was bred to emphasize that trait. The breed was accepted by CFA for registration and competition in February 1998.
While the Sphynx cat requires no combing (and certainly doesn’t shed), it will need to be bathed periodically to keep the hairless coat healthy.Since there’s no normal fur to draw the natural oils away from the skin, regular sponge baths are a must for removing the skin’s oily residue which can cause sores to form in the skin folds if not kept clean.
Sphynx Cat Health
A robust breed with few genetic health problems, selecting your Sphynx cat from a qualified breeder or buying from a reputable pet store can help ensure that your cat will live a strong and healthy life. Maintaining your cat’s proper weight and grooming requirements will also help insure its good health, along with regular checkups at the vet.
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