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7 Important Tips to Take Care of the Really Peculiar Sphynx Cat

Strikingly original, your Sphynx is like no other cat out there; well, it surely doesn’t resemble any furry feline by a long shot. Buzzle tells you how to take care of your Sphynx cat.
Sphynx cats have varying levels of ‘hairlessness’.
They actually do! Some have a scant layer of fine hair and feel like a fuzzy peach when touched. Others have hair on their ears or toes, whereas a few others are entirely hairless.
Cats have always enjoyed a reputation of being independent and hassle-free pets. In fact, cat parents vouch for their scant needs, making them an ideal pet for urban busybodies.

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.

Sphynx hairless cats
What is an ideal living space for a Sphynx?
It is often recommended that cats be kept indoors to ensure their physical well-being, but it is more of a rule in case you have a Sphynx. This is because their skin is sensitive, and can get damaged due to spending too much time in the sunlight. These cats are happy living indoors, be it an apartment or a villa. Your house should be warm enough for this breed, given that they do not have a layer of fur protecting them from the elements.
What do they like to eat?
Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, and yours may be one of them. The Sphynx, in particular, has a fast rate of metabolism compared to others in the cat family, and requires small meals of kibble throughout the day. Some parents advocate the inclusion of raw meats in their pet’s diet; if you’re doing so, ensure that you properly mince the meat before feeding her. Still not sure? Your breeder or vet will be in the best position to recommend the right diet for your cat.
Eating sphynx cat
How to bathe them?
Cats are probably wired to hate water, and go to great lengths to avoid it. Furry cats are expert groomers, which negates the need to bathe them as often. But the Sphynx, being hairless, is not habituated to self-grooming. Due to the lack of fur, the natural oils secreted by the skin stay on the surface, attracting dirt and dust, and stains everything the cat comes in contact with.

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.
Cleaning your cat’s ears
Sphynxes lack hair around the ear canal, making it susceptible to dust deposits. Plus, you’ll also find that their ear canals produce quite the amount of wax which can stain your upholstery and clothing, if left unclean. Also, it may block the ear canal, leading to hearing impairment in your cat. Cleaning the ear requires a soft cloth or a wet wipe that you gently need to swipe in your pet’s ear, preferably after a bath. Following this, take a Q-tip, and very gently, clean the inner part of the ear. Do so with extremely gentle hands, lest you hurt your cat. Your vet may recommend the use of a ear cleanser formulated for Sphynxes. Do not use cleansers meant for humans without consulting the vet.
Clipping the nails
No fur on the feet as well, which means a lot of dirt (and cat poop) does get lodged in between their nails. Which of course, need to be clipped. Remember to ask your vet to do this initially, if you aren’t aware of how to do this, as you may end up clipping the blood vessels, and causing grave injury. Using a cat nail clipper, carefully clip only the sharp tips of the nails, without going close to the nail bed. This needs to be done every two weeks.
Nail clipper for pet
Keeping your pet warm
Contrary to all the cutesy cat memes doing the rounds of the Internet, these cats do not like to be clothed. Parents often make the mistake of clothing their Sphynx cats with the purpose of keeping them warm. This is certainly ill-advised, as it tends to confuse the cat to no end, and makes them rather uncomfortable. If you live in cold climes, you will have to keep the heater on even when you’re not in the house, so as to keep it comfortable for the cat. Alternatively, you may want to buy a heated igloo for your cat to snuggle in or sleep.

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.

Dressed sphynx cat
Providing companionship
Every feline has its individual characteristics, irrespective of the breed they belong to. These cats, however, are known to revel in human company, unlike the rest of the breeds. Leaving them alone for a large part of the day may not go down well with some of them. That said, there are cats who also get used to solitary spaces, as long as their human parents devote some quality time to them each day. Play with your cat, exercise her, talk to her, and she’ll reward you with the kind of love and devoted companionship most only get from a dog.
Sphynx cats are perhaps the most difficult breeds of cats to keep around, but hey, when you’re besotted, you’re besotted. Just keep in mind that bringing a pet like this to your home will require a lot of patience, dedication, and true love.

It’s Very Essential to Know the Proper Way to House Train Your Cat

Owning a cat is fun of course! However when it comes to the cute kitty’s potty needs, some training is necessary if you don’t want “surprises” all over the place. This Buzzle house training guide discusses some practical ways to show your cat or kitten the way to the litter box.
Stain Neutralizers
Vinegar and some good smelling oil help to get the stain and smell out of the carpet in case of accidents.
After they are at least 4 weeks of age, kittens can begin to be house trained by their owners. Until then, they are usually dependent on their mothers to stimulate their urine and excrement. Always provide your cat with a bowl of water and a warm place to sleep, apart from a clean litter box that’s placed away from her eating and resting place. Until your cat stops soiling the house, provide her with a regular feeding schedule, which will automatically develop a corresponding elimination schedule.

If you have recently bought or adopted a kitten and wish to begin house training it, the following instructions, right from choosing the right litter box to training your cat to go outside, will help you for sure.

Getting the right box
Closed cat litter box
There are many varieties of litter boxes available. There are ones that are open and ones that are covered.

These further come in many shapes and sizes, depending on how big your cat is. However, in general, choose a box that is big enough for the cat to fit in even when it is fully-grown. Kittens grow up very fast, and if you get a small box in the beginning, you might have to purchase a large one soon enough. Also, select one that can be cleaned easily.

The edges of the box should be a little high so that the litter does not fall onto the floor when the cat covers it up, but short enough so that it can get in and out of it easily.

You can even prepare a makeshift box at home by using a cardboard box or plastic container and lining it with plastic.

Selecting the right litter
Kitty in litter box
Selecting the right litter is very important because if the cat does not like the litter, it will find another place to do its business.

There are many kinds of litter. Some of them are blue crystals, clay litter, recycled pine litter, corn litter, clumping litter, and recycled paper litter. The brands differ according to the type.

Among these varieties, the safety of clumping litter is debated by many people. Although not medically proven yet, many believe that if the cat swallows this litter, it may lead to intestinal blockage and dehydration.

In case you have to make the litter box at home, you can put sandy soil, leaves, pieces of newspaper, etc., in the box. Litter also comes in the scented and non-scented varieties, the latter being more preferred by cats.

One method to counter the smell is to place a small bag of lava rocks next to the litter to absorb the smell. Washing the box regularly is also important.

Right place to keep the box
Cat with litter box
Do not place the box too close to the cat’s eating space or near dry food.

Cats are very particular about being clean and will not use the box in the same area that they eat.

Also, choose a place that you and your family members do not frequent much, where the cat will have some quiet and privacy. Otherwise, it might find another spot to do its business.

Make sure that your cat can easily access the box. Provide multiple boxes in case of multistoried homes.

How to get the cat to use the box
Cat in box
The first step is to introduce the cat to the litter box. Closely observe your cat’s body language so that you will be able to know when it needs to go. Pick it up gently, and place it in the box. Its inherent feline instinct will tempt it to start digging the litter. If not, then you can gently take hold of its front paw and make a scratching motion with it on the litter, or you can do the same with your finger.

Take your cat to the box a few minutes after every meal and every time it wakes up from a nap. Taking it after every two hours may also be effective. This will get it accustomed to the box. Usually, once the box is used, it smells in a particular way, which attracts cats to it, thus, making them use it.

Another effective method is to keep the cat in a small cage or space with the litter box, its food, and bedding for a while. As cats do not like to soil their eating or sleeping areas, it will make your pet use the box. You can continue this till the kitten is trained.

This process takes time and patience. Thus, in case your cat does not use the box immediately, do not force it. If it soils anywhere else in the house, never yell or hit it. Also, never shout at the cat while it is in the box, as it will associate the scolding with the box and not use it. It may take a few days, weeks, or even a month or more to train your cat, but you will succeed.

How to get the cat to go outside
Cat coming out of litter box
House training your cat to go outside is not difficult. Once the cat gets used to the litter box, start moving the box closer and closer to the door that you want it to use. Move it every three or four days as it will take the cat some time to get used to this new location. Keep it next to the door, inside the house for a few days, and then move it outside. Keep up this method till you reach the place that you want your cat to use.

Remove the box in a few days once your cat starts going outside on its own. You can even put the litter from the box in the designated place to make it easier for your cat to know that it is supposed to go there.

Why the cat may not be using the box
You may have been trying to house train your cat for a long time, but it may be refusing to use the litter box. There are a few reasons for this. Some of them are as follows.
✓ The cat may not have liked the type of litter used, in which case, you should try another variety.
✓ Cats are very particular about cleanliness. Hence, it may not use the box if it is dirty.
✓ The area where the box is placed does not allow the cat its privacy.
✓ The box is placed too close to the cat’s eating area, water bowl, or sleeping area.
✓ The cat is having difficulty getting in and out of the box.
Potty training a cat is not impossible, nor is it really that difficult. It simply takes some time. Following the above steps will help you achieve this task successfully.

Really Strange Cat Behavior Patterns You May Not Have Seen Before

It has been a unanimously accepted fact that no one can choose a cat as a pet – it is the cat that chooses his/her owner. But despite their no-nonsense aura, cats can, indeed, behave in humorous ways if they so wish. Below, I list some of their more humorous and strange behavior.
Meowing All Night for No Apparent Reason
Cat meowing
Cats have an unusual knack for annoying humans without even trying. Meowing all night can be categorized as attention seeking behavior. He/She is only trying to get a nocturnal companion for midnight adventures; it is surely not his/her fault that you keep falling for it. It is for us to remember, that cats can be very vocal if keeping us awake all night is high on their agenda.
Loud Play During the Night
Cat playing
I think it is a ‘cat thing’, something the cats do just for us to know that there is nothing we can make them do – they shall only do what they want. Sometimes I just sit awake on my bed and curse myself for getting them – the toys, not the cats, duh!
Night-time Escapades
Though I keep a close eye on my kitty, I get caught completely off-guard when I wake up sometime during the night to find her gone. Whoosh! She has disappeared into thin air, without a trace. How she goes off stealthily, where she goes and what she does, I will never find out, but I am sure she will always be back the next day, to her feeding bowl, with her smug demeanor intact. Cats are crepuscular (so I’ve been told by the vet) which basically translates into ‘let them do what they like between dusk and dawn’.
Pushing Things off the Table
Cat playing with eggs
Cats, do have a tendency to push things off the table. They either like the loud banging sounds or they just want the owners to notice them. Either way, they tend to achieve both.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Scratching cat
Some cats show obsessive tendencies towards some hilarious pastimes. Tail chewing (Animal Planet’s famous ’round and round cat’ laugh), excessive licking, wool gathering (oops, I meant wool pulling!) and fur scratching are just some of them. I have always wondered what fascinates them in a ball of wool, or a Persian carpet, but came up blank.
Inexplicable Behavioral Patterns
Cat sharpening claws
Scratching expensive furniture, rolling over on the back, rubbing faces against things and scratching reflective surfaces are some really weird incomprehensible cat behavior. My cat just tops it with stealing, unrolling and generally making a wet mess out of toilet paper, tearing up valuable possessions (like my leather handbag and my husband’s favorite wallet) and sharpening her claws on my sofa.
Acting as if They Heard Something
My cat likes to feel important by telling me she heard something. She acts all genuine, pulls up her ears, acts alert and all that, while I wonder if I am actually going deaf. My vet tells me not to worry though because she can hear the ultra-sonic sounds that I cannot. He left me with strict instructions to see a psychiatrist for the time when I start hearing the things that she doesn’t.
Licking and Eating
Cat licking
They say, a cat licks herself before a storm. As bizarre as that sounds, it is actually true. Leonore Fleischer has explained the reason for this in her book ‘The Cat’s Pajamas’. She says that an electrical storm generates static electricity in the atmosphere, making dirt particles to stick to the cat’s dry fur. It makes perfect sense for the cat to clean up after that, doesn’t it?

Weird But Amazing Facts About the Rare Hairless Sphynx Cat

Sphynx cats are one of the rare cat breeds that are popular because of their strange and bizarre looks. Interested to know about them? If yes, then this fact sheet is surely going to leave you amazed!
What comes to your mind when you think of a cat? A small, furry feline species that has been domesticated by humans. This might be true for most types of cats, but it is not so in case of Sphynx cats. This breed is quite different from other cats and are found rarely. Due to this fact, they have become quite popular among cat owners. These cats are said to have elements of best qualities of cats and dogs which make them a wonderful pet to live with. Wondering what makes this breed so different from other cats? Then go through the facts listed below.
Interesting Sphynx Cat Facts
The most striking feature of Sphynx cat is that it has very less or no fur. That is why, it is generally referred to as a ‘hairless cat’. The first breeding session of these cats began in the year 1966 in Canada. A domestic Shorthair cat had given birth to hairless kittens, which were then selectively bred to produce next generation of hairless cats. These cats were called “Canadian Sphynx” or “The Canadian Hairless”. As time passed by, people began referring to them as “Sphynx” which was then considered as their official name. So, every Sphynx is a descendant of the same domestic short-haired cat.

Sphynx is a muscular cat with a barrel-shaped chest, round belly, and medium body length. It has a flat forehead with a wedge-shaped skull. Cheekbones are extremely prominent on the long skull. A whisker zone can be prominently observed on its face. It has big oval-shaped eyes that extend upwards towards its ears. Its eye color can range from blue, green to hazel. Ears are large with a wide base and a narrow tip. Back legs are longer than front legs with thick oval-shaped paws. It has a thick, flexible tail which tapers towards the end.

This cat species is found in various colors and patterns like cream, chocolate, white, black, cinnamon, spotted, patched, etc. Its color depends on the pigment of the skin. If left in the sun for a long duration, its color tends to darken. Even though the cat is considered hairless, it still has a very fine coat of fur. The skin of body, face, and legs is wrinkled as compared to remaining parts of the body. The whisker zone might be distinct but it lacks their presence.

This breed of cats is very friendly and fun-loving. It loves to bond with people and is affectionate towards them. Apart from being social, it loves to be the center of attention. Its loving, playful, and lively personality makes it a great companion for children. Not only with humans, this cat can also get along very well with other cats and cat-friendly animals. A comfortable warm place is something this cat looks out for sleeping. So you should not be surprised if you find your pet cat sleeping under your bed covers!
For a Sphynx, the best place to live is indoors. The reason why this breed needs an indoor living arrangement is that, their body is not capable of surviving adverse environmental conditions. Due to absence of fur, a Sphynx does not enjoy cold conditions and avoids sleeping on cold surfaces. Outdoor arrangements can be made, but the area must be enclosed from all sides including the roof. To prevent them from boredom, adventure activities must be arranged to keep them busy and happy.
It can be easily thought that this cat would not require grooming as it lacks fur. However, this is not true. Rather, it needs grooming almost every week. Oil secreted by the body is generally absorbed by body fur, but as this cat lacks fur, all the body oil secreted starts building up. Therefore, cleaning the cat once a week is sufficient to keep it well-groomed. Apart from this, wax buildup in the ear must also be removed regularly. A bath can be given once a month to keep it nice and clean.
Anesthetic agents can be quite dangerous for this species. A cat suffering from kidney or liver problems is more susceptible to have this problem. A heredity condition known as Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) may develop in some cats. Therefore, it is advisable to get a pet cat from a breeder that undertakes regular examination of the disease in cats. Kittens are susceptible to respiratory infections during initial weeks of life. Cancer of the skin can also be a problem, if the cat is exposed to long periods of sunlight. Immunization is necessary and can be done in a similar way like other cats.
Few More Fast Facts
  • Sphynx cats are believed to have originated in ancient Egypt.
  • Their hairless body is due to mutation of a recessive gene.
  • Their weight falls under the range of 3.5-7.0 kg. Females weigh less than their male counterparts.
  • People find them slimy to touch, but the fact is, they are very soft and warm to touch.
  • These cats can also trigger allergic reactions in sensitive people despite the absence of fur on their body.
  • Their diet is huge in relation to their body size because of their body’s fast metabolism. In winters, they need a diet with high amount of calories to keep their body warm.
  • A Sphynx can live up to 15 years or more!
  • The most popular Sphynx in today’s times is Mr. Bigglesworth.
This species of cats is not only affectionate, but are also very intelligent. They can easily adjust to an indoor environment. All you need to give them is a scratching pole, some toys, few modes of entertainment and they will be a lifelong friend to you and your family.

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