Monday, June 9, 2008

Sphynx - The Ultimate Hairless Cat

The cat breed "Sphynx" is recognized by The International Cat Association as an official breed and can make a wonderful addition to your family. Unlike the Peterbald cat with it's hairless body and long whiskers, the Sphynx cat has absolutely no hair, making it easy to care for.

The Sphynx is a very loving and mild-mannered cat, almost perfect as a companion. It never has a problem with hairballs or spit-ups which are common with ordinary cats. The lack of hair makes them a perfect cat for those with allergies, but it also makes them vulnerable to sunburn and cold temperatures. The Sphynx rarely grooms itself so it will need regular bathing; at least once a week. If it isn't bathed, the Sphynx will become very oily and begin to show signs of skin irritation. Regular warm-water baths are essential. In the winter, Sphynx cats are very amenable to wearing pet sweaters or other novelty outfits. They seem as comfortable in clothing as people do. This makes this breed a very entertaining cat to own. Many Sphynx owners have several outfits for their cats to wear.

In the winter, you may want to keep a heating pad or electric blanket available for your Sphynx. Many like to curl up next to a radiator or other heat source as they feel the cold much more keenly than ordinary cats. In summer, be careful that your cat doesn't spend too much time lounging in the warmth of the afternoon sun. Sphynx cats do tend to burn - just like we do!

If you are interested in adopting a Sphynx cat, there are hairless varieties bred in several different colors including pink, blue, black, and the very rare purple. You simply cannot find a more loving and agreeable cat to add to your family.

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