Spotlight on Cat Breeds, The Sphynx

ET, the Extra Terrestrial

ET, the Extra Terrestrial

If you loved E.T., you’ll love the Sphynx!  (If you don’t know who E.T. is, you obviously don’t remember dial telephones, telephone booths and Brownie cameras, either.  Sigh, I’m getting old.)

Well, the Sphynx cat never fails to draw a reaction from people – some people love the bald, wrinkled look, some are fascinated by the cat, while others are less than enthusiastic. We often say that the Sphynx is an “acquired taste.”  But for those that take the time to get to know the cat, a great treat is in store. They have very soft skin that feels like the softest chamois leather and are so very warm to the touch that you just want to cuddle up with them-especially in cold weather. Their toes are like fingers and they use them that way as they investigate and play with everything that takes their curiosity.

So, if you fancy a Sphynx, you might want to know what it would be like to live with one.  Well, the Sphynx is an inquisitive, intelligent, and extremely friendly cat. They frequently sleep with their owners under the covers and the term “Velcro lap cat,” used to describe the desire of the Sphynx to be on you all the time, is very accurate. Sphynx love to greet every new person visiting the home, and most get along well with dogs and other pets. Because of their hairlessness, they do have a tendency to get cold but they are intelligent enough to find a warm place- usually a computer monitor, a sunny window, a television, or under a blanket with their owners. Sphynx are highly active and will entertain themselves for hours and some even fetch toys. Many Sphynx owners describe their cats as elf-like or childlike due to their inquisitive and intelligent nature. Sphynx are loyal and dedicated to their owners and make very affectionate companions for everyone.

But don’t think that the Sphynx gets you off the hook for grooming!  Because of their lack of absorbent coat, Sphynx tend to get oily and need to be bathed often.  Yikes, you say, bathe a cat!  Well, that’s another whole article, but the basics are learning to clip nails, staying calm, and wearing long sleeves.  And, by the way, they are not hypo-allergenic, though some people with allergies find they are not allergic to Sphynx, others discover they are allergic but usually to a lesser extent.

So, to sum up the purrfect Sphynx conformation, the Sphynx has everything we ladies DON’T want:  a pot belly, no hair, and lots o wrinkles!

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