Date updated: 20 09 2018
Exotic, alluring and full of personality, the Sphynx Cat is proof that you don’t have to be fluffy to have the wow factor.
There’s no getting away from it; a cat without a coat is always going to grab people’s attention. But beyond the striking appearance, there are lots of other things that make this a very special feline. Inquisitive, affectionate and never afraid to speak their mind, a Sphynx could be the purr-fect new member of your family.
Average lifespan: Around 13-15 years
Weight: Males:4 to 5 kg, Females: 3 to 4 kg
Colouring: They come in a huge range of different colours. All patterns and colour variations are acceptable under the Sphynx breed standard
Grooming requirements: moderate (we’re talking more skin care rather than fur care here!)
Average purchase cost: Around £750 for a pedigree kitten
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First off, if you or someone in your home is constantly turning the heating controls down, then this probably isn’t the cat for you. For obvious reasons, the Sphynx appreciates a warm home; ideally around 21C.
The Sphynx is perfect for anyone looking for a loyal, affectionate little housemate. If you like the idea of being followed from room to room - and are happy to have someone occupying your lap all evening, then you and your Sphynx will be a perfect match.
There’s a downside to that strong bond though; a Sphynx can get distressed (and sometimes destructive) when left alone for long periods. They’re ideally suited for homes where there’s usually someone around - or when there’s another cat present.
Training and behaviour
Sphynx cats and the great outdoors do not mix. They can easily get sunburned and also suffer the effects of cold a lot quicker than other breeds - so this is definitely an indoors cat.
But these are clever, curious cats - and when they like to be kept busy in their indoor homes. This means lots of puzzle and fetch games and plenty of one-on-one interaction.
A Sphynx isn’t usually into hugs and lots of petting, but they do love to chill out on the sofa or curl up in your lap. Especially if it’s a bit draughty at floor level, they also like to get up high: so if you invest in a climbing tower, chances are that your Sphynx will get plenty of use out of it.
Sphynxes usually get on well with other cats - especially if they’ve grown up together. They can also easily make friends with dogs, but it’s always important that first introductions are handled with care, to make sure your Sphynx doesn’t get ‘spooked’.
A playful side means that a Sphynx can make a great addition to the household where there are children around; although, especially with smaller children, it’s important to teach the kids to respect the cat’s private space.
One of the best things about the Sphynx is their vocal side. Whether they’re playing, annoyed, hungry or just in the mood for a chat, they’ll let you know about it through a series of miaows!
Like most other cats, a Sphynx will spend a lot of time self-grooming. Trouble is, a lack of fur means there isn’t anything to absorb all of that oil from their saliva. So a Sphynx usually needs a bath once a week. They don’t always like this idea - but positive reinforcement from kittenhood can help make bathing less stressful.
Between baths, you should check the folds and wrinkles in their skin every couple of days. Clean away any build up of dirt or grease with a slightly damp cloth to prevent infection.
The Sphynx has little or no hair in those big pointy ears. The ear canals can sometimes be a magnet for debris, so they need to be inspected and cleaned once a week (very carefully, to prevent pushing dirt in further). Nails should be inspected regularly, too; the best time to trim them is generally straight after a bath.