The word "Sphynx" might call to mind Ancient Egypt and pyramids, but it should also conjure images of a cuddly, playful, and somewhat odd-looking cat.
Sphynx Cat Appearance
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Sphynx Cat Personality
Special Cats Need Special Care
- Because Sphynx don't have fur coats, they lose body heat easily. They love to cuddle with their human companions, particularly during cold weather, but be sure to also provide your Sphynx with a nice pet sweater to keep her safe from the chill. Bonus points if it's fashionable!
- Most cats control body oil with their coats. But because the Sphynx doesn't have fur, you'll need to bathe your Sphynx about once a week to help keep her clean and prevent skin problems due to oil buildup.
- That lack of hair also puts your Sphynx kitty at high risk of sunburn and even skin cancer. If you let your Sphynx outside, be sure it's not during peak sun periods (usually between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM) and that it's only for a short amount of time. If possible, try to restrict your Sphynx's outdoor time to shady areas during times of the year when UV radiation is not as intense.
- Sphynx cats are usually robust and no more prone to health problems than other breeds, but like can develop the same issues as other cats. You might consider a quality health-monitoring litter for early detection of issues before they become full-blown health crises.