You’ve seen the Sphynx cat Mr. Bigglesworth in the Austin Powers movies and you want to adopt one for yourself? There is more than meets the eye with this hairless kitty. This breed is known for its intelligence and antics, not to mention its unusual looks. Sphynx cats are a lot like any other cat, but being hairless they require some extra attention and care. Sphynx breeders and rescue groups often want to sell or place these cats with households who already know how to handle their special needs, but here are three things to know before adopting your own hairless cat.
1) Sphynx cats need regular bathing. Because these cats don’t have hair to absorb their body’s natural oils they need to be bathed or else they will get dirty and greasy. Your cat will need a bath about once a week depending on how dirty they get between bathings. Hairless cats are not hypoallergenic, but because of the regular bathing they are easier to live with than a furry cat. Your cat may or may not enjoy these baths, so you will have to work with them to find out the best way to get them clean.
2) Sphynx cats are highly intelligent, and that means they can be highly destructive. If they are bored, a Sphynx will find something to amuse themselves. Offer lots of play time with them and you will find that they are less likely to ruin your carpet or knock things off tables and counters. Make sure they have a scratching post or other scratcher, such as cardboard, so they don’t destroy your furniture. Some Sphynxes like to play with toys they can grab at, bite, and kick with their back paws and some cats like to play with toys they can chase like a mouse on a wire or a laser pointer.
3) Hairless cats can get cold easily. Make sure you provide plenty of places they can burrow to get warm. Some people leave a blanket on the sofa or let them sleep in the bed. You can also provide a heated bed, place a bed in front of a heat register or make sure they have a place they can lounge in the sun.
If you are interested in a Sphynx Cat, these three tips can help you best understand this interesting breed. A hairless cat will enrich your life and make you fall in love every day.