Spotlight on the Sphynx

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The sphynx cat can be a polarising feline for many people. Who can forget when Rachel on F.R.I.E.N.D.S brought home Mrs Whiskerson. Ross maintained that it was inside out whilst Joey flatly refused to believe it was a cat.

However, when people get to know this beautiful kitty they quickly fall under its spell of mischief, humour and warmth. They are well known for their extroverted behaviour, high level of energy and intelligence and are one of the more dog-like breeds of cat.

One of the biggest misconceptions about the Sphynx is that it is hairless and whilst it definitely doesn’t have the thick coat of its brothers and sisters, the Sphynx is actually covered in a fine down, and considering it’s body warmth (on average 4 degrees higher than other cats) it’s probably just as well. In fact, many people describe snuggling them as being similar to cuddling a suede hot water bottle which sounds purrfect to us.

Hairless cats have been around for generations as a naturally occurring mutation; the Aztecs in particular are said to have treated them as favourites. But it was a dedicated breeding programme began in 1966 in Ontario, Canada from a little male kitten that gave us origins of the rich variety of Sphynx cats that we have today.

Land of Meow - Sphinx Closeup

Each cat is unique, and if you think that the Sphynx cat may be for you, make sure that you understand the specific requirements of this breed. Being hairless, their skin needs a higher level of protection from the sun than most cats, and weekly baths are recommended to clean ensure that their skin, again unprotected by long hair, stays clean and supple.

Land of Meow - Mrs Whiskerson

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