Your pet sphinx
Sphinxes can be adored, sphinxes can be avoided. But this wonderful breed will not leave anyone indifferent! Perhaps not a single cat breed has generated so many furious discussions, antagonism of opinions! But let’s set aside emotions, try to understand and accept the sphinx as it is. Moreover, the sphinxes are very popular among their admirers, many are eyeing the breed with interest. There are many questions on the sphinxes and in those letters that the author of these lines receives. Most recently, we have published an excellent article prepared by my colleague Anna Volok. Be sure to check it out! And a few noteworthy facts – in addition!
Probably, everyone knows that the sphinx is a hairless breed. This does not mean that cats are completely “naked” or “bald”: if you stroke the sphinx, you will get exactly the same tactile sensations as from contact with very soft suede. Indescribable feelings! And the hair, although almost invisible to the eye, is still present in the breed – hence the comparison with “suede”.
Kittens are born bald and shriveled; in the process of growth they turn into a medium-sized cat weighing 2.7 – 5.5 kg. The cat is muscular, athletic in build, with large characteristic ears, lemon-shaped eyes.
Canadian Sphinx. We will talk specifically about the Canadian sphinxes – they are most widespread. True, there are other hairless cat breeds – Don Sphinxes, Peterbalds (domestic, by the way, breeds), also very interesting cats.
The breed began its history in 1966 in Ontario (Canada), when an ordinary domestic cat gave birth to a bald kitten. He was called Prun. Enthusiasts decided to fix such an unusual mutation that they did by crossing the kitten with other cats, including their closest relatives. The “bald” gene turned out to be recessive, therefore success was only partially achieved: the offspring of Prun was born “naked”, then had a hair coat.
Why exactly the Sphinx? Most likely, the breeders saw a resemblance to the ancient Egyptian hairless cats – sphinxes. You must have seen the world famous sculpture of the Sphinx, at least in photographs – it still stands in Egyptian Giza to this day.
Character and temperament. Owners of sphinxes do not spare the enthusiastic words, characterizing their pets. Cats are cute, kind, incredibly friendly. They walk like tails for their owners, not letting go of them even for a minute.
Hairless breed is serious. Never keep your pet in the cold. The ideal maintenance temperature is room temperature, + 23 … + 27 ̊ C. Do not be surprised if the Sphinx is asked to go under your covers at night — these unearthly creatures are so thermophilic.
We will not be mistaken if we say that wonderful family pets, faithful and incredibly affectionate, come out of the sphinxes. Sphinx has the ability to find a special approach to each member of the family. In addition, cats get along well with other pets.
Will the sphinx suit you? As noted above, sphinxes are very attached to their masters. However, cats can be left alone for several hours without much harm. The animals are active, play with pleasure and for a long time, if necessary, find entertainment. But, of course, it is better to be with them! In general, the activity of cats is slightly higher than the “average”, they run, jump, rush around the apartment with noise. A decrease in activity is a sure sign of an ailment. Noticing that the pet is “bored”, be sure to show it to the veterinarian.
Sphinxes are afraid not only of the cold, but also of direct sunlight. Therefore, in winter, try not to walk outdoors, and in the summer take the necessary preventive measures – the skin of the sphinxes is delicate, quickly burns in the sun.
Owning a sphinx, you will avoid many problems associated with cat hair, or rather, its abundance. The only thing that is required of you is that the pet needs regular bathing, as its skin is rather oily; in creases, the “butter”, which attracts dirt and dust, often lingers. Use non-alcohol wipes (“express cleaning”) and special shampoos when bathing. If your pet has a noticeable fluff, then it does not need additional combing.
Periodically (once every 1-2 weeks) cut the claws. Pay attention to the condition of the auricles and teeth, care for, clean them as necessary.
Sphinx can be recommended for people with allergies. But it should be remembered that one hundred percent “hypoallergenic” cats do not exist in nature. In particular, dandruff (the main allergen) is also present in hairless sphinxes, no matter how surprisingly it sounds. Therefore, it is not known for certain how the body of a particular sensitive person will react.