Sphynx Cat Breed Facts & Information

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If you've ever seen the show _Friends_, then you probably remember the episode where Rachel adopted a sphynx cat, Mrs. Whiskerson. Everyone reacted with scorn, demanding to know, "What is that?"

And there's no denying that the sphynx cat is unusual looking. This hairless cat stands out amongst its feline relatives, but that doesn't mean you should overlook this smooth-skinned cutie. These cats make great companions, and they're great family cats. So if you love their somewhat unusual appearance, read on, because we've got all the info you need to know about these unique cats.

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The Basics

Obviously, the most distinct detail about the sphynx is its unmistakable appearance. Its big eyes, pointy ears, and lack of fur give it an adorable alien appearance. However, their eerie appearance does not represent their disposition, because these cats are sweethearts once you get to know them.

Overall, the sphynx cat is healthy, but there are a few diseases that they are prone to. They can get a skin disease called urticaria pigmentosa, which causes crusty sores on the body. They're also prone to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease. But probably the biggest (albeit minor) risk to the Sphynx cat is cold. Although they feel warm, they don't have a fur layer to keep them toasty, so make sure to give them good snuggle spots to curl up and possibly even an adorable sweater!

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The History

Where did this hairless wonder come from? Well, as it turns out, the sphynx cat is a relatively modern breed. Hairless cats were bred with other breeds of cat to create this slightly alien-looking breed. Specifically, a breeder in Canada noticed a kitten born with this particular mutation and named him Prune. The breeder continued to breed hairless cats with haired cats, like the Devon Rex, until a strong breed of the sphynx cat was created in the 1970s.

And of course, they're named after the Sphynx, the famous Egyptian monument featuring the mythical creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion.

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The Personality

While Sphynx cats can look a little unusual, their personalities will quickly win you over. Sphyx cats are curious, smart, and funny, and they love to snuggle with their people. They've also got a bit of a goofy side and will do all sorts of antics for attention.

A sphynx loves company, so if you work during the day, it's a good idea to have another pet for it to play with. But what's nice is that they do get along with other animals. Plus, the Sphynx is good with kids, so they make a good cat to have around a family.

The Appearance

These cats are defined by their slightly alien looks. However, they sphynx isn't rough as its wrinkly exterior might appear. Their coat has a soft, suede-like feel that you'll love to cuddle up with. And though the nude colored sphynx may be the one you're most accustomed to seeing, sphynx cats come in a variety of colors and patterns, including tabby.

Many people want to get a sphynx cat because they believe their lack of fur makes them hypoallergenic. However, that's not true. The sphynx still sheds skin cells that can irritate those with allergies. Similarly, some might think that the sphynx doesn't need to be groomed, but their skin gets oily, and they need to be bathed anywhere from weekly to monthly.

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Sphynx Cat essential facts:

  • *Personality: *Curious, smart, and funny
  • *Shedding: *Infrequently
  • *Grooming: *Weekly
  • *Good with Children: *Yes
  • Good with Other Pets: Yes
  • Size: Medium
  • Weight: 6-12 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 8-14 years