CANADIAN SPHINX: CONTENT AND CARE
Sphinxes are quite simple to maintain and care. The opinion of people that the sphinx needs special, “greenhouse” conditions of detention is incorrect. There are several features that must be considered when keeping the sphinx. In food, sphinxes are omnivorous and have an excellent appetite, a complete lack of moods and finicky. This is due to increased metabolism due to fever and lack of hair. Sphinxes eat like dogs in a Pedigree commercial, grabbing pieces of food and swallowing it, almost without chewing. But, despite omnivorousness, it is necessary to adhere to a balanced diet. There is no need to feed the sphinx only with natural feeds or only canned feeds, a reasonable combination of both is better, and, of course, the highest quality of dry, canned and natural feeds. In my nursery I follow a certain diet: Meat (raw beef), boiled chicken, raw liver or boiled beef (about 60% of the total diet). Dry feed (companies such as Hills, Jams) 20% of the total diet. Dairy products (fermented baked milk, T-milk, cottage cheese, oatmeal and semolina porridge) approx. 15%. Porridge (oatmeal, rice, semolina) and vegetable soups (carrots + cabbage + zucchini + oatmeal on a fine grater), approx. 5%. Boiled egg or raw egg yolk 1 time per week. Treats (depending on the preferences of the cat) approx. 1%. Sphynx is addicted to unusual foods for cats, such as cucumbers or chocolate. Sometimes you can pamper him, but only if it does not affect your health. The second feature is that the sphinxes sweat and get dirty, releasing a brownish wax-like coating through the skin. This substance is likely to protect skin without hair. But, too much secretion of this substance may indicate that the animal is not eating properly (for example, too fatty foods) or does not feel very well. It is necessary to find out the cause and eliminate it. With moderate secretions, it is enough to wipe, as it gets dirty, the cat with a damp sponge, or baby cleaning wipes. If you want, you can bathe the animal using means for bathing babies or a mild shampoo that has a pH level of pH 5.5. It must be remembered that everything that is harmful to the child is harmful to the cat, and adhere to this principle when using human cosmetics and medicines. After swimming, wipe the animal dry and make sure that it does not get too cold. The third feature is ear cleaning. Black-brown secretions accumulate in the ears quickly enough. This does not bother the cat at all and cleaning is necessary for purely cosmetic purposes. Clean with a cotton swab, as it gets dirty, and before exhibiting or shooting. By the way, sphinxes are a photographer’s dream. They pose great, look directly at the lens and are so funny that they can be taken endlessly. When I go to the country with cats, I always take a camera with me, being afraid to miss some charming and picturesque shots. Sphinxes, like people, are useful in reasonable amounts of sunbathing. Sphinxes sunbathe and by the end of summer their colors become simply stunning – bright and contrasting, but we must remember that the sphinx can burn in the sun. Therefore, it is necessary to gradually accustom the animal to the sun and in the noon hours do not walk them in the sun, preferably in a diffused shadow. In general, the animal must be tempered, it should not grow under a glass cover, like mimosa. Proper nutrition, walks in the fresh air, in the warm season, physical activity are necessary. There is no need to wrap up the sphinx, you just need to be afraid of drafts and sharp hypothermia. Sphinxes do not need an elevated temperature when they are active (i.e., eat, play, etc.), but they prefer to sleep in warmth, it is better for the host under the covers, cuddling his whole body and rumbling loudly. And how pleasant it is to sleep with them, as if they were created for this. Of course, the sphinxes have healing powers. They feel pain points on our body and immediately fit there with their naked hot body. It looks especially funny when my four-kilogram cat tries to settle on my head when it hurts.