Weight – 3 – 6kg
Lifespan – 8 – 15 years
Best breed for:
- Households with other pets
- Owners who can dedicate extra time
Personality Traits & Trainability
“What is that?! Why does it have no fur?!” – Unfortunately, some people don’t give the gorgeous Sphynx cat a chance! Their unique appearance can to put people off and it’s a real pity, as these cats adore all human attention, whether they are strangers or family members. Sphynxes are also very pet friendly too, which is certainly not the case for all cat breeds since cats are territorial in nature. These kitties are full of energy! They’re known to act like monkeys, performing tricks and climbing on all sorts of furniture – high or low! Best to make your home pet-friendly for these beauties.
Although these guys don’t have hair, you may be surprised by how much time is required to protect their skin. Sphynxes must be moisturised regularly to maintain their soft, gentle skin. Weekly baths will help avoid leaving dirty spots on your clothes or home. Baby wipes are also useful to keep them clean between baths. You will make your life easier if you train your Sphnyx to have a bath from a young age. No one enjoys bathing an angry kitty!
Despite these cats being generally healthy, the Sphynx’s constantly exposed skin brings its own challenges. Lack of grooming can lead to a skin disease, Urticaria pigmentosa – skin irritation resulting in discoloration and itchy patches. In addition, they can also develop Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – a form of heart disease which makes its harder for your feline to pump blood, if they are not monitored regularly with the vet.
Although Sphynxes are commonly associated with Egypt, these guys are originally from Toronto, Canada – Who’d have guessed!