The whole truth about the Canadian Sphinxes (part 1)
I can’t stand the article with the headline “all the truth”. Because in 99% of cases, articles with such screaming names are concentrated bullshit))) “The whole truth about vaccinations!”, “The whole truth about GMOs!”, “The whole truth about Euromaidan!” – I can say with confidence that most of these articles can be burned without reading.
But in this post there really will be the whole TRUTH about the Canadian Sphynxes 🙂 And if you like these cats, then my God, better not even think! after this article, you are likely to think a lot. Who else will tell you the whole truth if not the former owner? Breeders? Haha, these will surely be silent as partisans …If someone had warned me 7 years ago WHAT this cat really would be like, I wouldn’t be afraid to get pets, I wouldn’t be afraid to be disappointed again SO MUCH, I wouldn’t feel like complete shit from the thought that I took animal and could not love him …
In September 2007, when my eldest turned a year old, I was overwhelmed by an obsession with the sphinxes. For hours I could sit on the Internet and look at the pictures of these cats. I liked everything: bare skin, eyes, ears, a graceful body. “And they also have a wonderful canine character! They’re just dogs in cat’s skin! You will see for yourself! Before that they are sociable, smart and affectionate,” some breeder was crucifying, to whom I would now gladly run something heavy in the head.
But then I melted. I looked at the pictures and thawed. Until then, these cats seemed alien and magical. Every day I looked through the ads and almost chatted my husband for a kitten. And then suddenly one day I see I declare: “I will give the young sphinx cat in good hands.” That’s it, my brain turned off in euphoria. I phoned the hostess and arrived. Lola (that’s the name of the cat) ran around the house with her kitten, behaved quite actively, snarled at other cats, which the owner had a great many (mostly blue British). I baldela and at the same second decided that I would take her.
– How old is she? – I ask.
“I don’t know for sure,” said the breeder. – Well, about five.
– And why are you giving?
– Doesn’t get along with my fold.
The answers satisfied me. The cat looked healthy, but I did not know how to look into the mouth of cats (this is later, upon examination by a veterinarian I will hear that “she is an old woman, she has almost no teeth”).
Lola was brought home, where she immediately hid under a blanket and, in fact, under this blanket and spent the rest of her life. What a dog character there! This is Fact # 1: Sphinxes hate the cold and actually live under the covers. Do you want a moving, playful cat that would go out from corner to corner and make you laugh at one look? Then the sphinx is not your choice. Due to the lack of fur, cats are very affected by the cold, and even when the house is warm, they do not crawl out of the house. Summer is spent on the balcony, basking in the sun, winter on batteries.
Further. Due to the lack of fur, they have an increased body temperature and an accelerated metabolism. In order not to freeze, they eat a lot. They are constantly hungry. As soon as the owner went into the kitchen – the sphinx was right there, begging for a new portion to hoarseness. Due to increased appetite, we have two more unpleasant facts:
No. 2: cats are extremely prone to overweight, which is exacerbated by a sedentary lifestyle. But if the fluffy cat’s fullness looks cute, then the fat sphinx does not look very good: the fat hanging from the abdomen and frogs can be seen very well. You will have to either constantly listen to the cat’s hungry cries, or give it in excess of the norm and sooner or later get a pig instead of a cat.
No. 3: cats spoil a lot (!) This is some Siamese kitty who will defecate with tiny sausages and leave the toilet with her head held high, carefully burying everything in the sand. And the sand can be easily changed every three days. But with the sphinxes another story: a bunch of sphinx easily gives odds to a heap of some rottweiler !!! I am not kidding! what jokes are there … And the worst thing is the smell! The fact that the sphinx pooped, you will know instantly! I know how ordinary cats poop, I grew up in a village, I’m not squeamish and it’s difficult to scare me at all, but I did not see such a smell, like from sphinx poop, anywhere! It is like a gas attack or a smell from the underworld: as soon as you notice that the cat has gone poop, you will stand ready with gloves and an aerosol. And as soon as the cat does its job, having run out of the toilet in horror, you will wash the tray with acid, and fill the room with air freshener and change cat pots every three months, because the urine is also terribly smelly and tightly eats into plastic.
The next “joy” number 4 is fat. The cat’s skin releases protective fat, which helps it retain heat and protect the skin from the cold. And this fat is not only LOT, but it is also pigmented! The cat’s face, belly and paws become fat-brown-orange in a week after swimming!