Care of Sphynx Cats

The Sphynx is one of the most difficult cats to keep clean and healthy on a long term basis, requiring at least one bath per week to remove bacteria and other nastiness from its near fully unprotected skin. The heavy maintenance factor of this cat is tenfold made up for by the breed’s good temperament, high intelligence, success in shows and also the fact that it is very amenable to handling – making bathing grooming and other care less of a chore.

Sphynx cats require a premium diet to remain healthy. This breed needs to have access to food and a bowl of fresh water 24 hours a day, mainly because it uses these to regulate its body temperature. Owners should choose to shy away from the cheaper produced cat foods and buy either higher priced products or special formulated foods made specifically for hairless types. Some owners choose to switch their Sphynx to a raw food diet; this can be beneficial but also pricy as the cat cannot be fed many of the hormones and artificial substances found in produced meat. The solution for this is to buy organically; organic meats should be available from your local butchers. You should shred or blend meats before feeding them to your Sphynx to help with digestion.

The Sphynx is not truly hairless; it has a thin layer of vellus hair covering its body. Even so this still leaves its skin virtually unprotected, and removes the advantage other cats enjoy of their thick fur absorbing most of their body oils. Dust, grease, and dirt will quickly accumulate around the Sphynx’s nail beds, ears and nearly everywhere else if neglected, to avoid such build up, the cat should be regularly bathed at least once per week depending on lifestyle.

Unlike most other breeds, Sphynx are usually rather tolerant of bathing – some will even enjoy it, either way you aren’t likely to encounter any sort of resistance when the time comes. Ensure that you carefully clean the areas around the Sphynx’s nails, eyes and ears, giving the rest of its body a good scrub with shampoo. When looking for a shampoo brand its best to ask a vet, as this breeds skin is easily irritated.

Your Sphynx should have its own litter tray, which should be changed every 2-3 days in order to keep it as clean as possible. It isn’t recommended to dress a Sphynx cat in clothes, for obvious reasons covered already – such as irritation of the skin, and manual body temperature regulation, but also because it will sometimes cause balance and movement issues, which can be disastrous for a cat.

Ask regular advice from a vet on anything you aren’t sure about. It isn’t much to ask in exchange for a healthy cat.