Breed Introduction: Sphynx Cat
If you are gone during the day, the Sphynx will enjoy having another cat companion. It likes the company and, equally important, he likes having someone to snuggle with so that he stays warm. He loves to be held, and you can expect him to sleep with you, most likely under the covers. Think of it as having a living hot water bottle. The curious and energetic Sphynx is always into exploring his surroundings, climbing his cat tree or otherwise seeking high places, chasing a bug or just generally getting into mischief. He is extremely fond of cat teaser toys and puzzle toys that challenge his athleticism and brains.
A genetic mutation brought about the birth of a hairless kitten to Elizabeth, a black and white domestic cat in Toronto, Canada. Elizabeth’s owner recognized that Prune, as the kitten was called, was unique and set about trying to reproduce him. The gene for hairlessness is recessive, so while some of the offspring were hairless, others had fur. The Sphynx is recognized by the American Cat Fanciers Association, the Cat Fanciers Association and The International Cat Association, as well as other cat registries.
The Sphynx is a medium-size cat. He typically weighs 6 to 12 pounds.
The breed is sociable, and is extremely fond of teaser toys and puzzle toys that challenge his athleticism and brain.
Sphynx is generally healthy, although the following diseases have been seen in the breed:
Urticaria pigmentosa, a skin disease that causes crusty sores on the body.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that is inherited in some cat breeds such as the Maine Coon.
Despite his bald body, a Sphynx requires at least as much grooming as cats with fur and maybe even more. Their skin must be kept moisturized with a gentle, scent-free lotion or oil, and they need weekly baths so as not to leave greasy spots on your furniture and clothing. Use a moisturizing cat shampoo and rinse thoroughly, especially between the folds of the wrinkles.
The active Sphynx is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. He lives peacefully with dogs and other cats. Always introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along together.