About Sphynx Cats.


WHERE DID THEY COME FROM? In 1966 a domestic cat gave birth to a hairless kitten in Toronto, Canada. It was discovered to be a natural mutation and the Sphynx cat, as we know it today, came into existence. Cat breeders throughout the world have bred the Sphynx to normal coated cats and then back to hairless since then. The purpose of these selective breedings was to create a genetically sound cat with a large gene pool and hybrid vigor. This is a very robust breed with few health or genetic problems.

WHAT ARE THEY LIKE? The Sphynx is not always totally hairless; there can be a fine down on the body, which makes the body feel like a warm peach. Some light hair is often present on the nose, tail and toes. The texture of the Sphynx skin has been compared to a suede covered hot water bottle or a warm chamois. All colours and patterns are possible. The colour is seen in the pigment of the skin and the few hairs that they do have. One of the questions most people ask is "Don't they get cold?" Well, of course. If it is too cold for you, it will be too cold for a hairless cat too. However, these cats are smart enough to find a warm human, dog or another cat to curl up with or they will get under your bed covers. They will usually have no whiskers or eyebrows. This is a substantial cat, medium sized and strong, with adult males being larger than adult females. Sphynx have sturdy boning and good muscle development and should have a bit of a belly as if they just finished dinner. They have an open-eyed, intelligent face and a friendly expression. They are usually very tolerant of anything or anybody around them. Nothing seems to faze them. The Sphynx are extremely inquisitive and love to be the centre of attention. They perform silly antics for your entertainment and are sometimes downright clumsy.Because of the lack of hair that would normally absorb body oils, some Sphynx cats need periodic bathing and ear cleaning. This is not a difficult task if the cat has been acclimated from kitten, with bathing and the grooming required for the Sphynx.Some people who suffer from cat allergies can tolerate living with Sphynx cats. However, depending on the type and severity of the individual's allergic reactions, there are still people who cannot live with this breed.Care should be taken to restrict the Sphynx cat's exposure to sunlight, as they can get sunburnt similar to that of humans. In general, Sphynx cats should never be allowed outdoors unattended, as they have limited means to conserve body heat when it is too cold, and their curious nature can take them into dangerous places or situations.

Anthony & Mary Grant 2013