The history of the Sphynx started in 1966 when a domestic cat, named Elizabeth, gave birth to a hairless kitten in Toronto, Canada. It was this natural mutation that sparked the development of the Sphynx breed. These cats and a few other naturally hairless cats have been found worldwide. They have magically been produced by Mother Nature and are the foundation for this unusual breed. Cat breeders in Europe and North America have bred the Sphynx to normal coated cats and then back to hairless for more than thirty years. The purpose of these selective breedings was to create a genetically sound cat with a large gene pool and hybrid vigor. Sphynx a very robust breed with few health or genetic problems.
In addition to the sphynx cat being nearly hairless, it is the sphynx’s intelligence, affection, and playfulness that make them unique among felines. Sphynx cats and sphynx kittens have a fine down on their body, or some hair on the paws, nose, tail, or outer ears. The feel of their skin can be compared to that of chamois or somewhat rubbery. Some people who suffer from cat allergies can tolerate living with Sphynx cats. However, depending on the type and severity of the individual’s allergic reactions, there are still people who cannot live with sphynx cats or sphynx kittens. It is always recommend that you visit a breeder to see if you have allergies to the sphynx cat.
Sphynx cats and Sphynx kittens get along great with other pets. They quickly adapt to other cats, dogs, or any other pets in you household. Two sphynx are always better than one!
A general rule of thumb is to consider your comfort level. If you are comfortable enough in your home to walk around naked then they are usually comfortable too. If you are bundled up in a sweater or under the blankets to keep warm, a Sphynx would probably appreciate the same treatment. If they do get chill a Sphynx will seek out a place to get warm such as on top of the TV or computer monitor, under the covers on a bed, in a sunbeam, or in a covered pet bed. Many people keep heating blankets or pads, wrapped with a blanket, turned on low so their Sphynx can find a warm spot if needed. You can also find heated pet beds which most Sphynx love.
How much do I need to bath my sphynx cat or sphinx kitten?
This really depends on the individual cat. Some Sphynx produce more oil than others and would need to be bathed more frequently, while others produce little to no oil and can go several weeks to months without a bath. As a rule I would suggest a monthly bath as a starting point and you can alter the schedule to fit the needs of your particular Sphynx. We use baby wipes between bathing.
What colors do sphynx come in?
Sphynx come in all colors and patterns found in the cat world including pointed, mink sepia, tabby and bi-color. A cat’s color isn’t just in it’s fur but goes completely down to the pigmentation of its skin as a Sphynx easily demonstrates.
What is the lifespan of a sphynx cat?
Sphynx have a normal lifespan and don’t suffer from any special health problems. Although, as in any breed, there are unfortunate early deaths, many Sphynx have enjoyed a full life into their late teens or twenties.
What is the average size of a sphynx cat?
Generally adult females weigh 6-8 pounds while males are 8-10 pounds, however this can vary to some extent either way.
What causes sphynx to grow hair?
Much depends on the gentic background of the particular cat, no cat is truly hairless but hormone changes may sometimes cause your Sphynx to grow a small amount of fuzz as it matures (for whole cats). It may also come and go with the changing season or remain intact. Mother Nature will often have the last word.