Sphynx cats are known to be unique breeds of cats. They are well-known for their nude-like appearance. Did you know that they are also distinctively intelligent, charming, and affectionate felines? You might be surprised to find out there’s more about this breed of cat than you know! Let’s find out more about the Sphynx cat.
The Sphynx cat was discovered in 1996 (fairly recently). And unlike what many of us think, the Sphynx cat originates from Canada, not Egypt. The Sphynx cat was produced as a result of genetic mutation. In today’s context, Sphynx cats often come from crossbreeding of Devon Rex cats with different hairless cat breeds in other parts of the world. Interestingly enough, the Sphynx cat is not the only breed of hairless cat around, but it is the first hairless cat breed bred precisely for its hairless trait.
It’s easy to identify a Sphynx cat from other cats thanks to their unique appearance. Some have also said Sphynx cats look like raw chicken. And by “somebody”, we actually mean Rachel from Friends.
Contrary to what many of us might think, the Sphynx isn’t actually completely “hairless”. Even though the appearance of sphynx cats makes them look as if they are hairless, they are actually covered with a fine layer of downy fuzz. Like many things in life, the Sphynx cats are unique! No two Sphynx cats are 100% identical. In fact, every Sphynx has a different level of hairlessness. This extent of hairlessness largely occurs as a result of a recessive gene.
With their almost nude-like appearance, you might think that the Sphynx cats are constantly feeling cold. Surprise! Sphynx cats actually feel warmer than other cats. The body temperature of Sphynx cats is actually 4 degrees warmer than the usual “furry” cats. This is the greatest example of how mother nature works in wonderful ways, as the higher body temperature of Sphynx cats is to, in fact, make up for its lack of fur.
With the absence of fur, many misunderstand that these cats might not cause any allergy at all. This is completely untrue, due to two main misconceptions. Firstly, many think that Sphynx cats are completely hairless, which is untrue. Another key misconception is that fur is the main cause of allergy, when in fact it is Fel d1, the allergenic protein in cat saliva and skin secretions that causes allergies. Hence, Sphynx cats are in fact, not hypoallergenic.
Due to higher body temperature, they have higher metabolism rates, need to eat more and more frequently. If you’re an owner of a Sphynx cat, you should ensure that you provide them with the right amount of nutrients to keep up with their higher metabolism rates!
The average lifespan of the sphynx cats ranges from 9 to 15 years. The oldest Sphynx cat known to have lived was a Sphynx in Texas by the name of Grandpa Rex. Grandpa Rex passed away at the age of 34 in 1964.
While Sphynx cats like being in water, they prefer relaxing in it than playing in it. The therapeutic effect of water helps them to rest and rejuvenate, especially when they have sensitive skin.
Yes, Sphynx cats are friendly. In fact, they are one of the friendliest felines known to man. Their lack of thick fur makes them behave cuddly towards humans because they enjoy the warmth from their human friends.
While they don’t exactly have a furry and cuddly appearance, the Sphynx cats are actually very good with children. They have a docile personality and are seen to be a warm and cuddly cat breed.
Yes, Sphynx cats are legal. However, they are not very easily found in Singapore. The hot and sunny weather in Singapore suggests more meticulous care to protect the cat’s skin, especially when there’s no pet sunscreen available.
Unfortunately, in Singapore, all cats are not allowed in HDBs.
If you’re interested in buying a Sphynx cat, there are a small amount of Sphynx cats available. The Sphynx cat actually comes at a higher price, due to the limited number of Sphynx cats available.
Since the skin of Sphynx cats is sensitive due to a lack of layer of protection, they will definitely need extra care. Besides, they are not covered with dense coats like other cats, so they get sunburnt or cold as a result. So, what are some care tips for Sphynx cats on sensitive skin?
Due to their higher susceptibility to skin conditions, you should bathe and groom your Sphynx cats more often than other cats do. It’s advised to give them a bath every week. There are some cleaning products that might help alleviate their skin sensitivity available on perromart.
Some of the common health conditions for Sphynx cats include:
You can protect your Sphynx cats from the aforementioned health conditions with some basic care tips.