7 misconceptions about sphynx cats (part 1)
7 misconceptions about sphynx cats Sphynx cats are perhaps the most unusual representatives of the pet cat kingdom. They seem to be some kind of alien creatures. There are many misconceptions about them that need to be resolved. Sphinxes – Egyptian cats In mythology, the sphinx is a monster with the body of a lion and the face and chest of a woman. The most famous statue of the Great Sphinx. According to the definition of Titus Flavius, a Roman scientist and writer, the Egyptian sphinx is a symbol of strength and mind: the lion’s body denotes strength, the human face – mind. Both the power and the mind are needed by the sphinx to guard the pyramids and temples full of treasures. Contrary to the associative opinion that cats – sphinxes – come from Egypt, the Aztecs first mentioned them. They were called Mexican Hairless Cats. An interesting fact: for most of the year they were really bald, but with the onset of cold weather they became overgrown with wool, which they then “dumped” during the warming period. There were also references to hairless cats participating in cat shows of the 1920s, but the last pair of animals, unfortunately, did not leave offspring. In the 1930s, hairless cats were reported from France, Morocco, and the United States. French biologist E. Lethard registered hairless kittens born to a pair of Siamese cats and described a mutation caused by the h. All sphynxes are equally bald. For the first time, a modern bald kitten was born to a Canadian cat in 1966. Breeders became interested in the original cat, and did everything possible to continue the naked species. And in the late 80s, the first naked cat was born in Rostov-on-Don, becoming the founder of the Don Sphynx family. At the same time, St. Petersburg felinologists bred the breed of Peterbald, regardless of their Rostov colleagues. All three varieties have not only external, but also emotional differences. The most calm and friendly are the Canadian sphinxes, characterized by round ears and smooth lines. At the Don Sphinx, the muzzle is more elongated and sharply defined, and Peterbolds are distinguished by the greatest refinement, huge ears and elongated proportions. In addition, each breed has acceptable coat options — from completely bald “rubber” cats without a mustache and eyebrows to completely or partially coated with wool of different lengths. It’s funny that at first they tried to treat the first-born sphinxes for lichen until they realized that the lack of hair was a normal feature of their body. Sphinx differs from a fluffy cat only in appearance. Body temperature in adult sphinxes can reach 39 degrees. They love to sleep under the covers next to the owner – they warm themselves. The same feature is responsible for the rapid course of colds and excellent appetite – the sphinx metabolism is much faster than in cats of other breeds. If the room in which the sphinx lives is too well heated, and the temperature in it exceeds 20-25 degrees, a brown wax-like sweat appears on the body of the animal. However, the latter can easily be erased with a damp cloth. The skin of the sphinxes is quite dense, which simplifies the injection procedure during treatment. It will be quite simple for a “naked” animal to make an injection. Due to the specific features of the skin, the sphynxes are shown short-term sunbathing, but in no case do not leave the pet for a long time under the scorching midday rays – the skin of these cats burns faster than in humans. Most sphinxes like to bathe, but detergents should be chosen from the category of gentle children.