Just like people, cat's produce oils in their skin. A hairless cat is not able to wick these oils away from the skin like a furred cat would be able to do. As a result, your hairless cat will accumulate these oils on their skin. To help clean these oils off, hairless cats require baths at times with warm water and an over-the-counter, hypoallergenic pet shampoo that is free of dyes and perfumes. When bathing, it is important to ensure that all the shampoo is thoroughly rinsed off of your cat, as any residual shampoo left on the skin for an extended period may cause irritation.
It is equally important to ensure that your cat is sufficiently dried after bath time so that they don't get too cold. A simple, gentle pat-down with a towel should do the trick. When not bathed routinely (and sometimes even if you have a bath schedule set) hairless cats can get acne and blackhead breakouts just like people. If your cat does have a breakout, you can clean the area with warm water and mild antibacterial soap. If that doesn't help, a trip to the vet to help get the breakout in check might be in order.
Without fur, the ears of a hairless cat can get quite dirty quite quickly. As with routine bathing, ear cleaning is important with hairless cats, I do this at the same time as the bath and in between if I see a lot of brown wax. Honestly, I use q-tip; however, watch the video attached in helpful links, carefully, to get the wax the outer part of the ear and with experience even a bit of the inner ear. Sphynx cats get lots of brown wax in their ears, on their toenails and their teeth, don't be alarmed, these are just the oils from their skin. It washes off you clothes and furniture.
As with any cat, regular nail clipping can help prevent your cat from getting stuck on things like blankets and carpeting as well as preventing painful ingrown nails. For hairless cats, though, keeping nails clipped back is even more important. Without fur as a barrier, a hairless cat with long claws may accidentally scratch open wounds on herself.
Getting your cat comfortable with nail clippings, as with ear cleaning, is easier when they are young, but that doesn't mean you can't train your adult cat to allow a nail clipping. If you are still having difficulty, though, you can always take your cat to the vet and have them clip the nails back for you. Wrap a cat who is arguing with you about their nail clipping in a towel, so you do not get hurt, or take the cat to the vet, they know how to get the job done.
During the fall and winter months, make sure that your cat has access to plenty of blankets and cozy cat beds. There are commercially made self-heated cat beds (that also are great for senior kitties with arthritic bones) that keep kitties warm without the risk of causing overheating or thermal burns. You may also choose to dress your hairless cat in clothing, but your cat may need to be slowly introduced to their new wardrobe. Hairless cats will seek heat from people, bedding, or sunlight. Without fur, sunbathing results in the skin getting possibly sunburned know that. If a hairless cat likes to sunbathe, their time in the sun may need to be limited. Also, only use cat approved suntan lotion, never use any product with zinc in it.
Fur doesn't just insulate against the cold, though. It can also help regulate a cat's core body temperature in warmer weather. In the spring and summer months, make sure that your hairless cat has plenty of areas where they can cool off, either with air conditioning, fans, or commercially made cooling mats. Additionally, assuming your cat has no dietary restrictions, a popsicle made from freezing a pureed squeeze treat makes a refreshing summertime treat. Remember that hairless cats get chilly easily, so be sure to provide a place for them to get warm even during peak summertime. Never allow your hairless cat outdoors anytime of the year without you present.
I have links to vaccines under helpful links. I do not give yearly vaccines, but follow your vets recommendations. I have lost two beautiful kittens to vaccine reactions. I do vaccinate all babies before they go to their new homes. I just do not over vaccinate. This is me and not a vets advice.
Corona Virus (not COVID)
Vaccines-NEVER give the FIP vaccine
Vaccines and Sarcomas