Sphynx is sweet, intelligent, friendly and inquisitive. He is snuggly and affectionate, always wanting to be close to you. They like to be around people often, hence their nicknames “Velcro cat” and “lap cat.” This breed is loyal, dedicated and highly accepting of other pets and new people. This breed is well suited to any home with people who will love him and give him the attention and grooming he needs.
Size: This medium-sized cat appears bald and wrinkled. The Sphynx has fine hair — called “down” that makes the warm, soft skin feel like a leather chamois. The cat is muscular and athletic, with a wedge-shaped head, large ears and lemon-shaped large eyes. The breed is considered rare.
Temperament & Personality: Expect this breed to follow you wherever you go. He’s always eager to “help” with whatever you’re doing. He will also be the household greeter, welcoming guests, giving head butts, even jumping on an available shoulder. If cats can be said to flirt, he certainly does so. He’ll do anything for attention, so you will always be kept laughing by his silly antics. He is fearless, mischievous and clever.
Activity Requirements: Sphynx cats are active and can entertain themselves for hours. Some of them have been known to fetch. Their physical activity should be similar to that of most cats (sleeping long hours, playing, running and jumping). Sphynx cats should not be allowed outside. They get cold faster than other cats and can be easily sunburned.
Breed Traits: Notable for its hairless coat, the sphynx is also a friendly, loving, and energetic show-off who craves human attention. Another unusual trait of this cat is its wrinkles. ... Wrinkles are not relegated solely to the Sphynx, they are present in other cats, too, but it is more apparent in the Sphynx because of its lack of fur.
Diet: 1/4 to 1/3 cup per feeding up to about 8 wks. 1/3 cup to 3/4 cup per feeding up to 6 months and beyond, depending on weight. Research shows that adult cats need a minimum of 26 percent protein in their diet.
Grooming Requirements: The absence of hair causes the skin to get oily. Sphynx cats need to be bathed regularly, more than other breeds. Acclimated your pet to this as kittens, so you won’t be the scratched. They must be rinsed thoroughly; any remaining residue will cause skin irritation. The down does not require brushing. Trim the cat’s nails as needed. Usually once every 1–2 weeks. Clean the ears and teeth daily to promote good overall health.
Colors: All colors and patterns, including white, black, red, chocolate, lavender, various tabby patterns, tortoiseshell, calico, bicolor, and pointed and mink patterns. The color is seen in the pigment of the skin as well as in whatever hair the cat has and can sometimes be difficult to distinguish.
History: This breed began in 1966 when a domestic cat gave birth to a hairless cat in Ontario, Canada. The kitten, named Prune, was later crossed with other cats to create more hairless kittens. The gene that caused the initial mutation was recessive, so some offspring were born with hair while others were not. People referred to the cats as Canadian Hairless cats or Sphynx cats for their resemblance to the Egyptian cat sculpture named the Great Sphinx of Giza. Hairless cats were also discovered in the late 1970s in Canada and in Minnesota.
Life span: 10-15 years
Temperament: easy going, adaptable, affectionate, friendly, loving, and energetic
Weight: 10-12 lb
Height: 8-10 inches
Colors: All colors and patterns, including white, black, red, chocolate, lavender, various tabby patterns, tortoiseshell, calico, bicolor, and pointed and mink patterns.
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