are sphynx cats high maintenance

Sphynx cats are a high-maintenance breed and require a lot of grooming, despite their lack of hair. This is because they create a lot of body oils, but don’t have enough hair to absorb the oil. Instead, the oil builds up on their skin and becomes greasy.

Do Hairless Cats Need to Wear Clothes?

are sphynx cats high maintenance

Which reminds me…. Remember, these little rascals are naked. They have nothing to protect themselves from the elements, so they should not be spending a lot of time outdoors. A sphynx is quite sensitive to the sun and can develop skin cancers. Human sunscreens can make them very sick, so talk to your vet about a safe sunscreen if you plan on being outside with her for a prolonged period of time. Also, as there is no hair to insulate them, a hairless cat can easily overheat. Exposure to the sun should be very limited – and supervised. Oh, BTW, they make long-sleeved sun-protective clothes for a hairless cat. Great idea, actually.

It goes without saying that a sphynx cat gets cold easily too. They will need something to keep them warm when it’s cold outside or in the house. Even the summer air conditioner could be set too low for your feline friend. Clothes for these little creatures are a necessity. Etsy has an entire category of “Sphynx Cat Clothes”. Although some sphynx owners simply refuse to clothe them, we shouldn’t feel silly about it. A shirt or a sweater will keep them more comfortable. Also, keep plenty of fleecy blankets around the house for your cat to burrow into if they get cold. Have you seen those heated cat beds? Those would be perfect for a hairless cat, although Cleopatra prefers to sleep right against her mom’s neck! They’re such cuddlers! I wonder if they cuddle because they’re cold, or because they’re being affectionate? A little of both, probably. They’re known for being very affectionate. One more thing, because of their oily skin, their clothes and bedding need to be washed on a regular basis, just like our own.

The fact that sphynxes eat more than typical cats is another amazing fact about them. Their “off-the-chart” metabolism helps them stay warm because they don’t have fur. This means that they need to eat more, so it’s best to feed them multiple times a day to keep up with their accelerated metabolism. Additionally, they are not recognized as “finicky” eaters like their hairy counterpart. Owners of Sphynx dogs claim that their pets will eat nearly anything, so providing the best food possible will keep them “purring” well into old age.

Be Sure to Clean Their Ears

A Sphyyx’s ears need to be cleaned often too. You see, they can get pretty nasty because the ear does not have hair to filter out dirt. Additionally, as a Sphynx is primarily an indoor cat, you must frequently clip their nails. After their weekly bath, preferably. As you can see, it requires a lot of upkeep—just like having a baby, you know!

How To Take Care of A Hairless Sphynx Cat

are sphynx cats high maintenance

Here are some care tips for your Sphynx cat so you can be ready to welcome your non-furry friend if you have fallen in love with the breed, as I did with gorgeous Cleopatra.

Water does not usually appeal to cats, and the sphynx is no exception. It’s important to start bathing your sphynx early on so that she becomes accustomed to it. Actually, your breeder ought to have begun giving her baths before you were even involved; otherwise, you might have trouble helping her overcome her dislike of water. Regardless, you need to take caution not to remove her body’s natural oils from all that washing. Bathing frequency will depend on your particular cat. Just like us, some produce oil more quickly than others. There are several products specifically for bathing a sphynx. Consult your veterinarian about the best cat shampoos. According to what I’ve read, some people use “people” products like Dove sensitive skin wash or Baby shampoo. Furthermore, most people find that using a washcloth makes cleaning skin rather than fur easier (I know, strange, right?). Additionally, a lot of Sphynx owners use fragrance- and alcohol-free baby wipes for fast clean-ups! As with anything related to our pets, though, I would be cautious about using human products until your veterinarian gives the all-clear.

What’s more, like an adolescent teen, they can develop blackheads on their chin due to their oily skin. To treat, use a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel and gently scrub the area with warm water and a mild antibacterial soap (ask your veterinarian for recommendations). Rinse the area well with cool water. Licking witch hazel can make them sick. The veterinarian might advise applying benzoyl peroxide pads based on the severity of your cat’s acne. The thing is, you can’t ignore the blackheads. Your cat may experience hair follicle inflammation if treatment is not received, in which case medical care will be necessary.

FAQ

Are Sphynx cats expensive to maintain?

On their own, the cost of food and supplies isn’t too pricey. However, when you first take your sphynx kitten home, you’re going to have to spend anywhere between $150 and $600, depending on what you choose. You should have a litter box setup (with a litter scoop), a crate, a bed, a sweater, and food and water bowls.

What are the cons of owning a Sphynx cat?

As Kranz noted, Sphynx cats are prone to ear infections, so owners must be diligent about keeping ears clean and removing excess wax. They should also pay close attention to their kitty’s paws, as grime can accumulate between toes and cause infections.

Do Sphynx cats have a lot of health problems?

Sphynx cats are relatively healthy, but owners should be aware of the health issues that can affect the breed. Sphynx kittens are susceptible to respiratory issues and the breed is prone to conditions such as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Hereditary Myopathy and Sunburn!

Can Sphynx cats be left alone?

These cats have a sociable temperament with both humans and other animals so can’t be left alone for long periods of time. If you’re away during the day, it’s worth considering getting a fellow Sphynx cat, from the same litter, as they may benefit from feline company – they get on well with their own kind.