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. Continue reading
But still, the vast majority of sphinxes are completely bald, so you need to carefully monitor the temperature in the room. Drafts and dampness must not be allowed, otherwise the cat may catch a cold. Normal for these cats can be considered normal room temperature – 20-25 degrees. Sphinxes are very fond of basking in the sun. Being in the sun for a long time, a cat can tan, and its creamy skin will turn into chocolate. But to allow a cat to receive such a dose of ultraviolet radiation is by no means impossible. The delicate skin of the sphinx, like human skin, can get a sunburn. Heat-loving sphinxes can burn their delicate body near a hot battery or fireplace, so watch them carefully, as if you were watching a small child. If it’s cold at home, you can even dress the sphinx in a warm jumpsuit. Usually bald cats don’t mind a warm suit, and some just love to dress up! As these cats sweat, they should be bathed regularly in warm water with a mild baby shampoo. By the way, they are very positive about this procedure. They bathe the sphinxes about once every two weeks. Continue reading
Mention of hairless cats can be found in antiquity. Naked cats probably were still among the Aztecs. Representatives of the disappeared ancient breed, called Mexican hairless, were shown at the first cat shows in the USA at the beginning of the 20th century. The last couple survived until the early 30s, unfortunately, without leaving offspring. According to the description, Mexican hairless differed from modern sphinxes: they had a long body, a wedge-shaped head with amber eyes and long mustaches, which modern sphinxes simply do not have. In winter, long hair grew on the back and tail, which disappeared by the summer. The genetics of this mutation has remained unknown. Perhaps the Mexican hairless was genetically close to the Don Sphinx, because both of them, with their hairlessness, still have a mustache and a tendency to dress in a fur coat for winter. Continue reading