Grooming & Temperment
Appearance & Needs
Sphynx cats are a very lively, comical, and intelligent breed. They are extremely friendly and outgoing, always in the mood to snuggle. Part monkey, child, and dog is probably the best way to describe them. They prefer to sleep under the covers next to their humans at night and bask in the sun during the daylight hours. They are not usually timid and aloof, as some cats can be. Sphynx cats usually like to interact with all family members. Because of their affectionate nature, they seem to do best in homes with other pets.
Also due to the lack of hair, Sphynx cats' ears tend to build up with a brown waxy substance and require weekly to monthy cleanings (again depending on the individual cat). We use OtiCalm ear cleaner. After putting several drops in each ear, massage the base of the ear and allow your Sphynx to shake his head (to loosen the debris). Carefully use Q-tips to remove the wax. Care has to be taken not to injure their ears with the Q-tips. Never go farther down than you can see. Ear cleaning also takes only a few minutes.
Sphynx are indoor cats and should not be left outside unattended. As a general rule, Sphynx cats are comfortable when we would be comfortable naked. During the cold winter months, I provide my Sphynx cats with a heated pet bed, which they seem to glue themselves too when they're not eating or playing. Because Sphynx cats tend to burn more energy keeping warm, we use a high-quality food to maintain their higher metabolisms. We feed and recommend Wellness, Nature's Variety, and Science Diet Hairball. We feed the hairball food for the added fiber.
A common misconception is that the Sphynx cat has no hair at all, but in fact, this is not true. Some do have a fine down over their bodies that can be felt but not easily seen. The most hairless cats feel rubbery and sometimes even sticky. The most pleasant texture seems to be on those cats with fine, short hair covering their bodies. Most Sphynx have slight hair on their nose and ears, while some have hair on their tails and feet. This hair is usually very fine and soft. Wrinkled skin is highly desirable, particularly around the muzzle, between the ears, and around the shoulders. They have warm, muscular bodies with dumbo ears and captivating lemon-shaped eyes. Their chest is well rounded with a thick, muscular neck. Sphynx males are generally larger than Sphynx females. Adult females usually weigh between 6 and 9 pounds, while males are usually between 9 and 15 pounds; however, this can vary to some extent either way.