About the Sphynx Cat

Characteristics possessed by the Sphynx Cat

  • Sphynx is a very inquisitive cat.
  • Sphynx can be playful and naughty.
  • Sphynx is a clever breed of cat that shows intelligent characteristics.
  • Their devotion to their owners have dubbed them to be called “Love Mooch’

The Origins Of The Sphynx Cat

Sphynx cats came from Toronto, Canada, after a domestic pet cat gave birth to a kitten that was hairless. Eventually the cats were taken to America, Europe and they grew in popularity. This breed of cats is the seventh most popular cat breed based on Cat Fanciers Association.

What Makes Sphynx Cats So Unique?

The Sphynx cat is unique because it has very little or no hair on its body. It is often referred to as the ‘feline alien’ for its strange, small face, large bat-like ears, wrinkled skin, a potbelly and almost no hair. Some types of Sphynx cats have no whiskers or eyebrows as well.

sphynx cat

The hairless appearance of this breed of cats is so unusual that people feel the need to touch the cat upon seeing it to see what it feels like to touch them. Touching the body of this cat usually feels similar to touching some warm leather. There is always a soft layer of light down found on its coat. Female Sphynx cats weigh around seven to nine pounds while the males weight around eight to nine pounds.

Do Sphynx Cats Make Good Pets?

Sphynx cats have a large amount of energy and love being admired. They are very friendly to all people, new and familiar. When sleeping they will usually find a warm place such as under the bedcovers or near a heater. They have voracious appetites and are known for their high metabolism. It is not uncommon for them to eat large portions of food. Sphynx cats also need care to make sure their ears do not have oil deposits. Although hairless, their dander can bring allergic reactions about in some people who are allergic to cats.

Caring for a Sphynx Cat

Since Sphynx cat breed have no coat of fur, they need to ensure that they do not lose too much heat. As a result Sphynx cats tend to curl up under blankets and clothes, and many feline stores sell clothing meant especially to keep these cats warm and cozy. You obviously don’t need a brush to maintain these cats’ appearance, but sponging their bodies daily is recommended to keep their natural oils off your furniture. Their bodies are susceptible to sunburn, so make sure they do not go out into the sun often, or without cat-safe sunscreen.

21 Responses to About the Sphynx Cat

  • I hope more people choose to learn about Sphynx Cats. They may look strange but their personality is loving and mischievous. These cats give unqualified love and are always around asking how you are and can they have a cuddle please.

    Spend some time with a Sphynx to see if they are the breed for you.

    Happy Sphynxing

  • hi
    May i ask about sphinx newborn kitten?
    in they 7day old..they skin became thincked, crusty,ad then they eventually death..my vet didnt had any clue what coz it coz it didnt have any experience with sphinx….
    Can u all help me what should i do ?

  • No joke i saw one of Sphynx cats dead in the lake behind my house it was the saddest thing i have ever see i wish i could’ve saved him

  • Hi can someone explain to me why a number of sphynx breeders only allow their kittens to go to a new home if they are spayed/neutered? I am not really interested in breeding its just that I would love to have a male sphynx of show and breeding quality to showhim and if he was successful in that area then perhaps in the future and really I mean perhaps he could be useful to help with strengthening the future lines. If not successful then I would be happy to neuter him. I really am not interested in a female unspayed it would be too much responsibility. Anyway its just a question so I can understand the reasons behind it.Thanks.

    • Hi. I think that the reason why is because many people do not want to take that big of a task to breed them from birth, but I also have two of my own Sphynx cats and one of them I actually breeded from birth and it wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t that hard either.

    • I dont understand the question. Good breeders want all their pet quality males and females neutered. Yhis ensures them that their cats will not be bred just for the sake of having a litter just for fun or profit. The only reason to breed a cat is to better the breed and a novice cant do that. Even if you read thee breeds standard it would be imposssible for you to do that without seeing alot of them and going to multiple shows and sitting down with knowledgeable breeders and learning. It sounds like you dont want a female. The only way a respected breeder will give you a SHOW quality cat is if you have a contract that you will how it to its full potential and then the cat will not be neutered because I am guessing that you cant show spayed or neutered cts. I know you cant show spayed or neutered dogs. I dont think you realize the hard work, time, traveling every weekend and money that it costs to make a cat a champion. I hope I helped you.

  • Can anyone with a sphynx tell me why our neutered female sphynx, 12 years old, will sometimes “wheez” like she is trying to get a hairball up. It usually is only a few minutes and then she is back to normal.

  • Hi. I wonder if you can help we currently have a tabby cat at home but she does not really want or need a lot of love and attention from the family. My husband would really like a cat that need and require a lot of love and attention and I heard somewhere that they said Sphynx cats are the best for love and attention. Will you say that this is true?


  • spynx cat are amazing i have 2 very loving very entrtaining very much for people children and other pets. but if you want a cat you feed and it takes its salf off then this isnt a spynx. like to be with you 24/7 love to be the center of attention. love to snuggle up. if you get one make sure its from a good breeder because i couldnt think of a worse heartake than loosing a spynx due to bad breeding.

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