There is no doubt this rare breed has a growing devoted fan base around the world. People are starting to recognise their sweet and affectionate personality and mischievous antics behind their intimidating appearance. The gene pool started from a natural genetic mutation found in a peculiar hairless kitten in Toronto, Canada in 1966. Since then, cat enthusiasts successfully produced a wider gene pool of a healthy breed called the Sphynx. Today, they naturally win the hearts of more people with these eight amazing facts.
1. Their unusual looks make them even more beautiful.
It is hard to miss a Sphynx cat amongst a crowd of felines. They are usually called ‘friendly aliens’ due to their exotic and regal look. They sport a muscular body with a round abdomen and a barrel chest. The tail generally resembles a whip with a bit of fur at the tip.
Further, one of its striking features is the ears. It stands upright, looking very large, and can grow two to three inches long. They also have large eyes on a wedge-shaped head.
2. Despite being dubbed as the ‘hairless cat,’ they are not completely bald.
This wrinkly-looking feline may look naked; however, in reality, they are dressed in a soft, fuzzy coat. Base on the breeding standard, this feline should be soft at the touch like chamois leather. However, not all Sphynx cats have the same coat texture. Some have a peach fuzz feel whilst others have buttery smooth skin.
They may even have short hair on some areas of their body such as their ears, nose, toes, and tails. Aside from that, they still have the same marking as with other breeds. The only difference is that they have little to no fur. This includes the spots, points, tabby, and others.
3. They are far from being a ‘hypoallergenic’ cat breed.
Despite being categorised as ‘hairless,’ the Sphynx is not hypoallergenic. Remember that allergies are caused by dander or dead skin cells and a particular protein in the saliva and oil glands found in any types of cats.
It is worth noting that there are some people that respond well even though they are prone to allergies. Still, it is best to spend more time with the desired cat at the shelter. This serves as a way of ensuring that you are not going to have an allergic reaction before bringing one as an additional family member.
4. No need to visit the coiffeur.
It is evident that this breed does not require any brushing or hair trimming. This saves you time from visiting a pet groomer. However, this breed still has demands when it comes to grooming. They need to have a regular once-a-week bath. It is also important to pay close attention when cleaning their ears as some produce more ear wax than most breeds.
As a breed without fur, they are not usually protected from all elements, which result in their body producing natural oils. However, owners are advised to regularly check their felines to prevent any oil build-up from the skin.
5. They are very affectionate.
They may be lacking in fur but they definitely do not lack affection and love for their humans. In fact, they love snuggle sessions. They are friendly and outgoing like their canine counterparts. They desire nothing but be close to you and have your full attention. As such, this is not the best option for families that are mostly away, leaving this cat home alone.
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6. They are snuggly creatures that often seek warmth.
Due to their lack of fur, leaving them near naked, they are constantly seeking for warmth. With that, they know all the best warm spots, especially those near heating sources. They usually prefer being cuddled up with you or burrowing under a blanket.
7. They are natural performers or acrobats.
Built with remarkable agile toes, the Sphynx cats are likely to entertain you with their adorable mischievous antics. They look for favourite spots atop doors, bookshelves, your shoulders, or anything that allows them to be perched up. At times, they do this for the fun of it or just to get your attention.
8. The Sphynx is one of the best choices as indoor cats.
They are naturally inclined to stay indoors and you don’t want them to go outdoors either. These cats are sensitive creatures, so they are always at risk of getting skin cancer or suffering from a heatstroke. Fortunately, they prefer to stay indoors or in shaded areas. This means that you do not have to worry about them missing, getting dirty, or getting infected from their contact with diseased animals outdoors. For these reasons, they make the best pets at home.
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