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Breed highlight: Sphynx

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Breed highlight: Sphynx

If you’re even a casual viewer of the hit tv show Friends, you probably saw that episode where Rachel Green got stuck with a devilish, hairless cat. She did not like it, it did not like her, there were a lot of laugh track moments and then the cat disappeared from the show completely. The feisty feline had less screen time than Maurice the Monkey. And while the Central Perk crew didn’t fall in love with this funky kitty, many of its viewers, and others around the world, have fallen in love with the unique breed. The American Cat Association has registered over 14,000 Sphynx cats since 2019 and their popularity only continues to grow,

If you're like 14,000 other people in the world, this unique cat might be appealing to you. If you’ve been considering getting a Sphynx cat, read this blog to learn more about their temperament, unique care needs, and advice on how to find one for your home. 

Just like humans arms and faces, the Sphynx cat is not completely hairless even though it looks like it. They are covered in a fine layer of downy fur that gives them a soft, suede-like feel. They are visually hairless, with lighter-coloured Sphynx’s looking completely hairless and black Sphynxes with an almost ‘transparent’ quality. They can come in white, black, blue, red, cream, silver, golden, cameo, tortoiseshell, blue-cream or brown — wow. Other physical attributes including a medium-sized body and big pointy ears. 

The breed originated in the 1960swhen a domestic cat in Toronto, Canada gave birth to a hairless kitten. It was a genetic defect that was completely unique at this point in time. This kitten, named Prune, became the foundation for the Sphynx breed as we know it today. Through careful breeding programs, the Sphynx cat was developed to maintain its unique appearance and now there’s thousands of Sphynxes across the world. Sphynx cats are known for their extroverted and affectionate nature. They are social creatures that thrive on human interaction and are often described as "dog-like" in their loyalty to their owners. Sphynx cats are playful, energetic, and love to be the center of attention. They enjoy cuddling and are known to be quite vocal, engaging their owners in conversation with their unique chirps and trills. Of course, each cat is different and you may find a hairless cat who is shy, introverted or likes their own independent play, but this breed is known for breaking the mould of what cats are meant to be, both in temperament and look. 

Due to their high level of intelligence and curiosity, Sphynx cats require mental stimulation and enrichment to prevent boredom. Interactive toys, puzzle feeders, and climbing structures can help keep these intelligent felines engaged and happy. Sphynxes are also generally friendly with other animals including dogs, cats and smaller animals, however it is important to always introduce new furry friends to each other slowly and under clear supervision. 

Of course, everything worth having takes work. Due to their lack of fur, Sphynx cats have special care requirements to keep them healthy and comfortable. They are prone to getting cold easily, so it's important to provide them with a warm environment, especially during the colder months. Regular bathing is also essential to remove excess oils from their skin and keep them clean. Using a gentle, pet-specific soap, even a hydrating one, can help to reduce scabbing, rashes, or scratching. 

These special creatures require special care, especially in their diet. Sphynx cats require a high-quality diet to maintain their unique nutritional needs including higher amino acids, proteins and hydration. You can make feeding your Sphynx (or any other cat!) super easy with our Bella and Boots food blends. 

Ready to Introduce a Sphynx to your family? 

Sphynx cats can be found in animal shelters like the RSPCA, SCAR and others. We always suggest checking out these places first to see if you can make a difference in an animal’s life. However, if you’re set on one specific breed and there are none in need, or you have young children or many animals, you can look for reputable, certified breeders. Some things to look out for when checking on the ethics and safety of a breeder include: 
 - Visit the breeder's facility in person to see the living conditions of the cats.
- Ask about the breeder's experience and breeding practices.
- Request health certificates and genetic testing for the cats.
- Ensure the breeder provides proper documentation and support for the kittens.
- Check their breeder certification and any associations they’re a member of.  

Knowing who your breeder is and how they breed their animal doesn’t just ensure a healthy animal but mothers who are well-taken care of and who are loved even after they’re done birthing kittens. 

Check out Sphynx Australia, Born Boldand Perfect Pets for ethically bred animals. Also check breeders for certifications from the GCCFV, the QFA, and RPBA for ethical breeders. 

Welcoming a new cat into your family is committing to a companion for life, especially a cat like this that thrives in social environments. Sphynx cats are a truly unique and captivating breed that offers companionship, charm, and endless entertainment to its owners. With their distinctive appearance, affectionate nature, and special care needs, Sphynx cats make wonderful additions to loving homes willing to provide them with the care and attention they deserve. 

If you’ve welcomed a cat into your family recently, consider trying our Trial Pack. If you have a cat with specific skin needs like the Sphynx cat, consider our hydration and fatty acid boosting blends such as our Beef & Turmeric Blend, or our House Lion Blend.

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