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The Sphynx cat

The Sphynx cat, also known as the hairless cat, is a striking breed known for its lack of fur, large eyes and ears, wrinkled skin and sociable nature

The Sphynx cat is a unique breed known for its large eyes, prominent ears, and complete lack of fur. Its striking appearance is reminiscent of Egyptian hieroglyphics, yet conjures up images of Star Wars characters. One thing is clear, it has garnered a reputation for being both alluring and off-putting.

Whatever your opinion, it leaves no one indifferent.
The Sphynx’s hairlessness stems from a genetic mutation. In the 1960s, Canadian breeders capitalised on this trait through selective breeding, combining domestic cats, Siamese cats, and Devon Rex cats. The result was the Sphynx, a medium-sized, elongated, elegant feline with ample folds or wrinkles and an endearingly playful personality.

Adult Sphynx cats typically stand 20 to 25 centimetres tall and weigh between 3 and 5.5 kilograms, with males slightly larger than females. Their long, slender legs end in small, oval paws. Their most distinctive features are their large, round, and expressive eyes, which can range in colour from yellow to green to blue. The colour of their skin can vary greatly, producing unique individuals.

Despite their rather delicate and somewhat solemn appearance, Sphynx cats possess a gentle and affectionate nature. They communicate with their owners through soft, coaxing meows, and their friendly and outgoing nature means they thrive in the company of humans and other animals, rarely exhibiting shyness or aloofness. In fact, the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour ranked Sphynx cats as the most affectionate cat breed. They are confident and curious, always eager to explore their surroundings and discover new things. Providing them with stimulating toys and mental challenges is essential to keep them engaged and happy.

Sphynx cats can enjoy remarkably long lifespans, living up to 20 years. However, their hairless skin makes them susceptible to skin problems and fungal infections, which makes special care a must. As they lose body heat more readily than coated cats, they are more vulnerable to extreme cold. It’s equally vital to protect them from excessive heat. In addition, regular baths using specially formulated shampoos are recommended. Their diet, skin, and ears require particular attention. Ensure they always have access to fresh, clean water and consider high-quality commercial cat food, both dry and wet, appropriate for their life stage, whether they are a kitten, adult, or senior.


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