Sphynx Cat

Read our comprehensive guide to Sphynx Cats, including information on predisposed health issues, exercise needs, family friendliness, grooming, history, overview & temperament.

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17 Oct 2023

History of Sphynx Cats 

The Sphynx Cat originally got its start in Toronto, Canada in 1966 when a genetic mutation produced a litter of domestic short hair cats which included a hairless kitten. It was named the Canadian Hairless, and whilst there have been hairless kittens in the past such as during the time of the Aztecs, the modern sphynx as we know it today is the result of selective breeding of cats descending from the kittens found in Canada.

What to expect when caring for your Sphynx Cat

Common Sphynx Cat Health Issues

Sphynx cats are a strong and hardy breed of cats that suffer very few health problems. Only a few health conditions are known to affect sphynx cats, and they do not have any genetic predispositions either. These are the few health conditions you may come across as a sphynx cat owner:

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM): this is a disease which causes thickening of the heart muscle and can be detected using an echocardiogram.

Hereditary Myopathy: this is a condition that that affects muscle function.

Urticaria Pigmentosa: this is a skin condition which causes crusty sores to form on the body.

Periodontal Disease: gum disease that infects and damages the tissues that hold your teeth in place.

How Much Grooming Do Sphynx Cats Need?

The sphynx cat is actually quite a high maintenance cat – whilst they obviously don’t need to be brushed, they needs frequent bathing, usually once a week as they have oilier skin than cats with hair. Cat hairs normally pull oil away from the skin, but as sphynx cats do not have hair the oil builds up on the skin and picks up dirt. Because of this, sphynx cats need to be washed and bathed a little more frequently.

How Much Exercise Do Sphynx Cats Need?

Sphynx cats are quite active but their actual exercise needs are pretty low. They tend to entertain themselves for hours at a time, but also enjoy having playmates to spend time with. To avoid them getting overweight, regular exercise is required to keep them happy and healthy, and ensure they remain mentally stimulated.

  1. Sphynx Cat Personality Traits

    What to expect from your Sphynx Cat

    Sphynx cats are quite an extroverted and energetic kind, and they love to show off for attention. They are often described by many owners as being almost like dogs in nature due to their affection and friendliness both to family/friends and strangers alike. Sphynx cats are also known for craving attention, so be prepared for their constant presence and supervision as you go about your daily tasks, from cooking meals to taking a bath! Don’t let the sphynx’s often dour expression fool you either; they are very friendly and loving, not to mention highly loyal. They love to involve themselves in anything you do and are as curious as they are intelligent. Whilst they can be a bit of a handful at times, and even slightly irritating due to their desire to be involved in everything you do, sphynx cats make wonderful, loyal pets.

  2. Are Sphynx Cats Family Friendly?

    How will they behave around my family?

    Sphynx cats are among the most friendly and loving cats that you will come across. They are highly caring, loving and affectionate, not just with their owners but also other cats and dogs too. Sphynx’s are the type of cats who will accompany you anywhere. So if you’re looking for an adoring pet that will snuggle up to you in bed, curl up on your lap whilst you watch tv, and run up to the door to greet you after work, sphynx cats are the ideal pet for you. In fact, they are such loving and friendly pets that they were named as the most affectionate cat breed in a study taken back in 2012.

Sphynx Cat FAQs:

Can a Sphynx cat get fleas?

Regardless of their lack of hair and fur, sphynx cats can still attract fleas. Fleas just need a warm body to jump on – however on the plus side they will be easier to spot on a sphynx cat.

How much do sphynx cats cost?

Sphynx cats are some of the more pricey pets, with the average price being around £2000. Cats and kittens from more reputable breeds will probably cost much more too. Hairless cats are not as easy to come by compared to other common cats, hence the higher price.

How often should I bathe my sphynx cat?

As mentioned above, sphynx cats are quite high maintenance cats and need to be bathed at the very least once a week. She won’t need to be brushed, but she will require washing and bathing to get rid of the oil and dirt build-up on their skin.

There are a number of common health issues that Sphynx Cats are prone to, and as a pet owner it’s worth considering insurance to help protect against unexpected vet bills. Take a look at Asda Money Cat Insurance to see the kind of cover you could get for your cat.

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