|Now I want to try and answer a few questions about the care and feeding of your new Sphynx cat or kitten.
MYTH: Sphynx are hairless cats, so they do not require much grooming.
FACT: The above statement is not true! You may not have cat hair on everything that
you own, but there is still a great deal of care and cleaning involved in keeping your
cat healthy and well groomed.
NOTE: Even though Sphynx cats are hairless, that does not mean they are hypo-allergenic. Some people with allergies to cat dander or cat hair may NOT have a reaction to them, however if they are allergic to cat saliva they could still have a reaction. Even though these cats are hairless, they lick and groom themselves like any other cat would.
Let's start with bath time:
Cats in general do not usually like water, so bathing is best started early in life to get
your new baby used to being bathed. Some cats do not mind bath time while others
learn to tolerate their weekly cleaning. Try giving your cat or kitten treats after their
bath, this will help them associate their bath with a reward.
Sphynx require bathing and grooming on a regular basis to remove excessive oils that
build up on their skin, inside their ears, and around their nail beds. My cats and kittens are bathed weekly and that is what we recommend for you to do as well.
We use HyLyt shampoo. This is a ph balanced shampoo specifically designed for animals. This product should be available from your vet, or it may be found at various pet
supply companies on line. If you need help locating this or any other products
recommended, please don't hesitate to ask us. We have added images for most of
the products that we use to help ensure you obtain the correct products for your new Sphynx.
When it comes to removing the waxy build-up around the nail beds, we find it helps to rub the paws and nails with mineral oil prior to bathing. This seems to help loosen the wax and make it more easily removed with a soft wash cloth and warm water.
Now on to some useful ear cleaning information and techniques that may help you
clean your new kitten's ears. I have discovered that it is pretty easy to keep the kitten
wrapped up in a towel after their bath in order to help facilitate the ear cleaning
process. We use a Malaseb Flush ear cleanser with cotton balls and Q-tips. Be careful
not to get an excessive amount of fluid in the kitten's ears as they can't evacuate the
fluid by shaking their head like dogs are able to do. We use cotton balls that are
moistened to clean the inside upper portion of the ears. The Q-tips with a minimal
amount of cleaner can be used to get down inside of the ears. Do not insert the Q-tips
in too deeply, as this may cause damage to their eardrums. Carefully clean only the
areas where you can see the waxy build-up.
Since Sphynx do not have eyelashes like other cats, they can have some dirt
accumulate around their eyes as well. This should be easily removed during their bath
using a soft cloth and warm water. If you have a stubborn little crease that doesn't
seem to come clean, try using a Q-tip moistened with warm water, being careful as to
hold their head very still, so that you do not injure their eyes. Do not use baby wipes as this may cause irritation and damage to their eyes.
NOTE: When bathing always be sure to have their towel ready nearby to prevent them from getting chilled after removing them from their warm bath.
Trimming your Cat's Nails:
Nail trimming is important for your cat's health. A cat's nails are retractable
and tend to be more brittle than dogs. Often cat's nails will break off when
they get too long, and they also tend to do more damage to people
and furniture. We recommend that you trim your cat's nails once a week. We
usually trim our cat's nails while we are cleaning the waxy build up around
their nail beds after bath time.
With white or clear nails you can see where the "quick" or blood vessel inside
of the nail ends. This helps determine the nail portion which can be safely
trimmed. However if your pet has pigmented nails you'll want to be careful
and trim off just a little at the tips. Clipping your cat's nails once weekly helps
keep the quick short, and keeps nail trimming easy and safe. When you first
begin trimming your cat's nails you will want to have some treats handy to
reward them afterwards. Giving them a treat after their nail clipping will
again make them associate nail clipping with something rewarding.
If you do happen to cut your cat's nail too close to the quick and it begins to bleed there are several products that you can use to quickly stop the
bleeding. Always have some styptic pads or styptic swabs on hand just in case
you do make this mistake. This may sting a little, so you may also want to try
some corn starch to stop the bleeding.
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Because sphinx cats are hairless, their metabolism is much higher than that of regular
haired cats. Because of their higher metabolism, they eat more often than "regular
cats" do. We free feed several different brands of grain free and all natural premium dry cat foods. We leave the dry food down at all times so they can eat whenever they
need to. Sphynx cats will eat not only when they feel hungry, but also to regulate their own body temperature and metabolism.
When our kittens are first weaned they are started on Royal Canin Babycat 34/ Starter food. This is a very small kibble specially designed for your kitten's milk teeth. It is also very high in protein (34%) for those active little kittens running around everywhere throughout our home.
As our kittens grow and their adult teeth start to come in, we then start to feed several different types of dry food in order to keep our cats from becoming finicky eaters and having other digestive issues as they get older. Below are several brands of food that we use: Core Wellness, Eagle Pack Holistic Select, California Naturals, Evo Ancestral Diet, Solid Gold Indigo Moon, and Taste of the Wild.
We also use Missing Link Feline Formula to ensure that our cats and kittens are getting the correct nutritional supplements.
In addition to the dry foods that we leave down at all times, we feed wet / canned
food two or three times daily. We have tried numerous different brands of canned
foods over the years, but we want to mention a few of our favorites: Wellness Kitten, Pro Plan, Natural Balance grain free, and BFF grain free.
Although these are the brands that we have chosen for our cats, there are many others that we have tried and would recommend, keep in mind that it has to be palatable to your particular kitten. We strive to buy foods that are fit for human consumption and processed at human processing facilities, as our cats are not only our pets they are our family.
We also offer our cats two different flavors of raw meat that we have chosen to buy
frozen and serve. Nature's Variety makes either a beef or chicken medallion that is available
at most natural pet food stores. These we offer, but not all of the cats will eat them, so it is not our main stable.
OK Let's get down to the dirty work and talk about LITTER:
It's not as bad as you would think. We use and highly recommend the Litter-
As far as litter goes, we have used the Ever Clean Ever Fresh Litter, which is a bit
more expensive, and they usually don't offer any coupons, so we usually use
So now you think that you are ready for your new cat or kitten to
come home. Well here are a few things that may help make your
kitten more comfortable.
I provide heated beds for all of my Sphynx cats and kittens. This allows for them
to go to a nice warm place when they feel that they need to. I do not use
sweaters on my cats, as they can't remove them if they are too warm, but they
can get out of their beds whenever they want to. I prefer the Dolce Vita heated
beds. They are very nice and easily washed, because they have fully
I have found that my cats and kittens prefer to eat and drink out of ceramic
dishes and not plastic or metal, as they tend to hold odors, no matter how good
you try to clean them.
So have their food and water dishes ready and set up where you intend to feed
your new cat or kitten. You will also want to have their litter box set up and
ready for them to use. For the first day or so, you will want to take them to it
several times in order for them to learn where it is located. You cannot expect
your new cat or kitten to automatically find their litter box on their own. They
may be a little overwhelmed with all of the new smells and surroundings, so they
could use a little help from you.
You will also need to provide a place for your cat or kitten to scratch as this is an
instinctive behavior. It is wise to choose a cat post with sisal rope instead of
carpet if you do not want them to claw your carpeting.
You will also need to have a pet carrier in order to take your cat to their vet
appointments and if other travel needs arise. We use and recommend the Sturdi-Products pet carriers as pictured below. They are designed to fit comfortably underneath of the seat on airplanes, and they are
easily disassembled for washing.