Sphynx Cats. Keep and care
So you've got or just dreaming to get a kitten of Canadian Sphynx breed. The first thought is that he doesn’t need any care, because he has no hair and besides he is hypoallergenic. Yes, I almost agree with you, but there are some things!
The first thing is sphinx bathing. It is recommended to bath the cat once every 2 weeks, due to increased metabolism Sphynxes sweat, because they have no hair. Males cats sweat more. Sphynxes love to bath, they swim in the water like a dog with a loud rumbling. You should wash your cat with Ph-neutral using a soft sponge, but you can use other shampoos as hairless cats do not suffer from dermatological problems. When washing the cat you must comply with the following rule: the water must not fall into the cat's ears and eyes. After bathing the Sphynx should be wiped dry, make sure that he is not too cold.
The second thing you should take care of their ear cleaning. It is required to clean the ears once a week. Sphynxes do not have protective hair around the ears, so they often get dirty. You should remove ear wax with hygienic sticks slightly moistened with warm water or a special liquid for ears cleaning which can be purchased at a pet store.
The third important point is trimming of cat claws which can be carried out every 2 weeks. The claws should be cut with special clippers.
Sphinx cats always seem hot to the touch, it is associated with increased relative to human body temperature: 38-38,5 °C. As it may seem paradoxical, but the Sphynx very well withstand cold temperatures, however he prefers to sleep in warm places for example on your bed under the blanket.
The metabolism of hairless cats is much higher than those hairy fellows. For heating and maintaining a constant body temperature, sphinxes need to consume a certain amount of high-calorie food which is the main source of energy. Sphynxes are rather voracious, they are able to eat more than required. Like most cats, they poorly digest milk as they lost ability to digest lactose – a component of milk (milk sugar). Do not feed the animal with a lot of milk to avoid gastrointestinal disorders. A well balanced diet that includes vitamins, minerals and proteins is needed. There is no need to feed the Sphinx with only natural foods or only canned foods, it is important the reasonable combination of both and certainly the highest quality of dry, canned and natural food. For this purpose we recommend to use professional cat’s food (Royal Canin, Hill’s etc.).
In our cattery we follow a certain diet:
- Meat (raw beef), chicken, liver – 60% of the total diet.
- Dry food – 20%.
- Dairy products (fermented baked milk, cottage cheese, milk) – 15%.
- Boiled eggs or raw egg yolk – 1 time per week.
- Delicacies (depending on cat preferences).
Sphinxes like some products unusual for cats, such as cucumbers or chocolate. Sometimes you can give it to your cat but only if it does not affect his health.
Adult Sphynxes get sick rarely. In the case of infection they recover quickly while maintaining immunity to the disease for all their life. This is due to increased body temperature. Sphynx kittens are more susceptible to infections especially to respiratory diseases. Therefore they need vaccination.
I would also like to emphasize one of the major advantages of this breed – the people suffering from allergies to wool or unable to care for long hair can keep these cats.
Following these rules of care you will have a great opportunity to enjoy the splendor of the Sphinx!