The Sphynx personality is best described as being "part dog - part monkey - part child - part cat". These felines are extremely social. They are always wanting to be around the action and excitement. Their inquisitive, alert nature make Sphynx wonderful show cats as well as pets. They are not a one-person cat. They are extremely humorous and love to clown around.
Of all the wonderful qualities of this breed, their people-oriented nature is probably the most desirable. Our Sphynx are truly the most loving, friendly, attentive, devoted, and outgoing pets one could desire. Day or night, our naked companions are ready to cuddle up in our lap, or on our shoulder, or even snuggle up under the covers! There is never a dull moment.
The intelligence of the Sphynx is remarkable. It seems that they not only understand everything we say to them, but will actually mind!
Patience is another virtue that our Sphynx cats possess. They have great patience and a willingness to put up with almost anything. They are highly tolerant and never aggressive. They get along quite well with other pets, including dogs, and love to play with adults and children of all ages. All of my sphynx do not seem to realize that dogs are different than they are. They walk around without any fear, so you may need to teach them some things should be avoided.
A cat that does not shed! No brushing or combing. No hair on clothes or furniture. No hairballs, fleas or ticks. A cat without fur but very pleasing to the touch - like a warm silky peach or nectarine.
Many people with mild allergies, like me, find that they can happily live with a Sphynx or two! However, NO CAT is hypoallergenic.
Care of the Sphynx
he Sphynx breed is very unique. Some Sphynx have a lot of hair while others have peach fuzz type hair on their bodies. Even though the Sphynx appears bald, they have a fine, down like hair on their body that sometimes is difficult to see. They almost always have hair around their noses. The breed is also unique in the fact that they have a waxy substance that accumulates in their ears and on their claws.
Try to find a vet that is familiar with this breed. An unfamiliar vet may think the Sphynx have ear mites because of the brown waxy substance in their ears is similar to the appearance of a cats ear with ear mites. If your Veterinarian tells you your Sphynx has ear mites, explain that the earwax is a characteristic of the breed. If they still insist, ask them to do a microscopic examination of the ear debris. Sphynx ears should be cleaned at least once a week. It's good to use a mild ear cleaner like Oti-Clens. It seems to help the wax be softened and easier to clean out. This can be purchased at any Veterinary clinic or online from Drs. Foster and Smith. It's a gentle, non-irritating , non-toxic, ear cleaner. You squirt a little bit into the ear canal and rub the external part at the base of the ear. Then take a cotton swab and use the tip of it to gently clean the wax out of the upper and lower part of the ear. Gently insert into ear canal, not too far and get as much wax as possible. You'll use several swabs in each ear. The wax also seems to collect on the claws of the Sphynx. Kittens that are 3 days old can have a wax buildup on their claws. The easiest way to get the buildup off the claws is to use a baby wipe. If the wipe has lanolin in it, the wax comes off easily with very little rubbing. This should be done weekly.
You can clip the cat's claws at the same time. You can wrap them in a towel and clean their ears, then take one foot out of the wrap at a time, trim the nails, and clean them. Unlike most cats, the Sphynx should be bathed on a regular basis. Even though the Sphynx don't have hair to groom, they still lick themselves. Sometimes this contributes to their teeth becoming brown. They can also get brown teeth when a kitten nurses from a mother that has a waxy skin.
To clean the cats, I use a baby shampoo on their face and body. The baby shampoo doesn't hurt their eyes and cleans the other parts of the body just fine. The Sphynx doesn't have eyelashes so their eyes get a mild discharge in them and they should be wiped with a clean, damp, warm washcloth as often as needed. I recommend cleaning them at least twice a week. If the Sphynx gets really dirty, and you don't have time to bath it, you can wipe them down with a baby wipe. I don't recommend doing this all the time because regular bathing is important, but mid-week it works out great. I start bathing the kittens at 4-5 weeks and by the time you get your kitten it will be used to bathing. Warmth is very important to the Sphynx.
They need to have a warm place to go. You'll notice that they will lie on heater vents, computer tops, under your covers, and anywhere else that is warm.
As for all pets, always ask your breeder for a health guarantee for your sphynx kitten. When bred responsibly, sphynx cats have a generally healthy outlook.
Due to its hairlessness, Sphynx cats are sensitive to sun exposure as they have no fur to protect their skin from harmful UV rays.1 Their direct sun exposure should be limited. Just like humans, these cats can get a sunburn if exposed to sunlight for too long. For this reason, sphynxes should remain indoor pets only or be monitored closely when outside.
In addition to skin issues, some of the conditions they can be prone to include:
To prevent skin and gum health problems, sphynx cats should be groomed regularly. Weekly baths and tooth brushing will do wonders to prevent sphynx cat health problems.
Diet and Nutrition
Your kitten will come with its shots but regular veterinary examinations are important. Nutrition is also important to the breed. The Sphynx as a rule, has a higher metabolism than normal cats. They are usually fed kitten food their entire life. If obesity becomes a problem, it's easy to switch to a light food. High quality food is also important. An occasional treat of soft food is okay but should not be fed as a regular part of their diet.