Most frequent questions and answers
The hairless Sphynx is an example of the cat breeds that come about accidentally. A genetic mutation brought about the birth of a hairless kitten to Elizabeth, a black and white domestic cat in Toronto, Canada. Elizabeth’s owner recognized that Prune, as the kitten was called, was unique and set about trying to reproduce him. He, along with other hairless kittens that were born in the mid- to late 1970s, was bred to furred cats, including the Devon Rex. The gene for hairlessness is recessive, so while some of the offspring were hairless, others had fur.
Originally known as Canadian Hairless Cats, according to The International Cat Association, breeders eventually settled on the moniker Sphynx for the unusual breed, a reference to the gigantic limestone sculpture in the Egyptian desert, worn smooth over the millennia through erosion by wind, sand and water. The Sphynx is recognized by the American Cat Fanciers Association, the Cat Fanciers Association and The International Cat Association, as well as other cat registries. Perhaps the world’s most famous Sphynx is Mr. Bigglesworth, played by Ted NudeGent, in the Austin Powers comedies.
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Yes, but they are very valuable and you run a huge risk of theft. Also they do feel the cold and need sun cream on a hot day as they can burn. Some people have safe
enclosed gardens or outdoor cat runs, or you could always train your Sphynx to harness.
We Feed Our Sphynx Kittens With Royal Canin Dry Food.
What are Sphynx cats’ unique dietary needs?
Like all cats, the Sphynx breed requires a species-appropriate food that nourishes them according to their natural biological needs. But when it comes to special needs, the Sphynx is fortunate to be a healthy little hairless sprite – free from the hereditary health conditions associated with other purebred cats.
That said, there are a couple of things to bear in mind when choosing food for your Sphynx.
They have a high metabolism.
Because the Sphynx cat has no fur, their metabolism works overtime to keep their body warm without the use of a fur coat. The Sphynx’s skin temperature is about 4 degrees higher than that of the average cat.
Some Sphynx guardians observe that their hairless Sphynx kitties are both more food-oriented and less finicky than their furred housemates.
Because they have such fast metabolisms and, as a consequence, almost insatiable appetites, some recommend feeding Sphynx cats multiple small meals throughout the day. This is a good idea for the active Sphynx metabolism and appropriate for cats of every breed. As predators, cats benefit from eating multiple tiny meals throughout the day.
Because it’s easy and safe to leave kibble in a bowl all day, some suggest that dry diets are best for the Sphynx. Using dry food to constantly satisfy your Sphynx cat’s appetite is a short-sighted approach. You’re supporting their ravenous appetite, but you’re also giving your cat a dehydrating food that can’t possibly nourish their body adequately.
Both boys and girls have lovely temperament. If you already have a female cat, your female would be more accepting of male. If you have a neutered male you could have either. Large numbers of neutered males seem to live well together.
Providing your dog has a nice nature, there is no reason why not. They will take a little while to read each others body language, then they usually end up best friends.
Sphynx kittens from No Hair Cattery have gone to live with dogs as large as Great Dane’s and St. Bernard’s and have all bonded well. They are also trained and gets along with other pets such as monkeys, birds.
The Sphynx is not totally hypo allergenic, they give off skin cells which can cause a reaction. You should be OK if your allergy is to hair only. Come and spend some time with them to see if you have a reaction.