And then come the Sphynx cats, to dispel all that you knew or assumed cats to be like. They’re virtually hairless, need dedicated, weekly grooming sessions, and are quite the chatterboxes, with some of them getting quite surly if left alone all day.
Rest assured, the Sphynx is unlike any other cat, in the sense that they do depend on you for a lot of their basic needs, owing to their physical makeup. If you’re looking for a mind-his-own-business kind of a pet cat, this is your cue to exit. If not, here’s all you need to know about grooming and caring for this rather unique pet.
This obviously calls for weekly bathing sessions, which may or may not be something you look forward to, depending on your cat’s outlook towards it. Some do enjoy it immensely, whereas some simply try to murder you in cold blood while you’re at it.
- Begin with the right water temperature―neither too hot, nor too cold. A few baths, and you should get this right.
- Very gently place your cat in the tub; the water level should be low enough so that she doesn’t drown.
- Pour water over her at a slow pace, and keep petting her only if it helps her relax (it may not).
- Lather up the shampoo (use the one specifically formulated for Sphynx cats) and spread it over her body. Be careful to avoid her ears and eyes.
- Pour water gently again to rinse off the product. Gentle, encouraging words can help here.
- Once this is done, pick her up and place her in a soft absorbent towel or cloth and pat dry. No vigorous rubbing is allowed at all.
- That’s it! Your kitty deserves a treat as a part of positive reinforcement.
Speaking of sleep, Sphynxes are legendary snugglers, and love to curl up with their owners at bedtime. Potential owners, be warned that waking up and getting to work the next day will be tough with a cuddly cat in bed with you.