How to Care for a Sphynx Cat

Sphynx are “in your face” cats, for they are affectionate, sociable, and demanding. A Sphynx loves snuggling with its owner and will insist on sleeping with them. The Sphynx hates to be left alone and is also very vocal; some of them will converse with their owners. They do best with another animal companion, preferably a fellow Sphynx. The Sphynx loves to play and is clever enough to learn how to play fetch.

How much does a Sphynx cat cost? $900 to $1,900

How much attention does a Sphynx need?

A Sphynx’s skin can get very oily on account of their hairlessness. A cat’s skin produces oils that would normally be absorbed by its fur; since a Sphynx has little or no fur, the oil stays on its skin. They, therefore, need to be bathed once a week. Sphynx also need to be played with to keep them healthy and happy.

Does a Sphynx have specific dietary needs?

A Sphynx’s high body temperature means it will have a fast metabolism, and it will consequently have a massive appetite. To keep the Sphynx from becoming overweight, it should be fed several small meals throughout the day, rather than the two big meals given to other breeds. Sphynx do better with dry food than with canned food, and they need to be given lots of water to prevent dehydration.

Sphynx cat close up

Are Sphynx Cats Healthy?

Some Sphynx do develop Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Their hairlessness also increases the chances of their developing skin cancer if they get too much sun. They are also vulnerable to temperature extremes, and their normal body temperature is four degrees higher than that of other cats. So if you
were wondering how do sphynx cats stay warm, this is how.

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