The most striking feature of the Sphynx cat is that it has very little or no fur. That is why, it is generally referred to as a ‘hairless cat’. It’s a good thing that the Sphynx loves attention because they draw it wherever they go.
This cat breed is very friendly and fun-loving. It loves to bond with people and is affectionate towards them. Apart from being social, it loves to be the centre of attention. Its loving, playful, and lively personality makes it a great companion for children. This cat can also get along very well with other cats and cat-friendly animals.
- The Sphynx is a muscular cat with a barrel-shaped chest, round belly, and medium body length. It has a flat forehead with a wedge-shaped skull.
- It has big oval-shaped eyes that extend upwards towards its ears. Eye colour can range from blue, green to hazel.
- Ears are large with a wide base and a narrow tip.
- Back legs are longer than front legs with thick oval-shaped paws.
- It has a thick, flexible tail which tapers towards the end.
For a Sphynx, the best place to live is indoors. The reason why this breed needs an indoor living arrangement is that, their body is not capable of surviving adverse environmental conditions. Due to absence of fur, a Sphynx does not enjoy cold conditions and avoids sleeping on cold surfaces.
Outdoor arrangements can be made, but the area must be enclosed from all sides including the roof.
To prevent them from getting bored, adventure activities must be arranged to keep them busy and happy.
You may think that this cat would not require grooming as it lacks fur. However, this is not true. Rather, it needs grooming almost every week. Oil secreted by the body is generally absorbed by body fur, but as this cat lacks fur, all the body oil secreted starts building up. Therefore, cleaning the cat once a week is sufficient to keep it well-groomed. Apart from this, wax build-up in the ear must also be removed regularly. A bath can be given once a month to keep it nice and clean.
Anaesthetic agents can be quite dangerous for this species. A cat suffering from kidney or liver problems is more susceptible to have this problem. Kittens are susceptible to respiratory infections during initial weeks of life. Cancer of the skin can also be a problem, if the cat is exposed to long periods of sunlight.