problems but also stain your furniture. Clean ears and claws regularly
to remove waxy buildup. A lack of
eyelashes means eye goop needs to
be wiped away, too. The Sphynx can
be prone to gingivitis, so brush teeth
frequently for fresh breath and good
dental health. So, if you’re looking for a no-muss, no-fuss cat, the
Sphynx might not be for you.
If your Sphynx has a safely
enclosed “catio,” anoint him with
pet-safe sunscreen before he
goes outdoors. His skin isn’t protected by fur and can get burned
by the sun.
The Sphynx is not necessarily
hypoallergenic. Like any cat, he produces an allergenic protein called
Fel d 1, which is distributed in his
saliva and through his sebaceous
glands. If you’re allergic to cats,
and he licks you or you pet him,
you could find yourself sniffling
or sneezing from the contact, but
some individuals find Sphynxes easier to be around than furry cats.
A healthy Sphynx can have a long
life span, living 14 years or more.
The Sphynx is generally healthy,
but watch out for a heart condition
called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
and a skin condition called cutaneous mastocytosis.
If you think the Sphynx must be
the result of some crazy breeding
program, think again. The breed’s
forebears were born to furry cats,
their hairlessness the result of a
Hairless cats have been known
for more than a century, but it
wasn’t until the 1970s that the
Sphynx was developed from hairless kittens born in Minnesota
Some of the early hairless kittens used to develop the breed
were named Prune, Epidermis,
Punkie, and Paloma.
In 2013, the Sphynx was the 8th
most popular breed registered by
the Cat Fanciers’ Association, out
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The Sphynx’s wrinkles are normal. If
you looked beneath the fur of other
cats, you would find that their skin is
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