Blue Sapphire Sphynx

Sphynx Care

Sphynx Diet: Keep your Sphynx cat in the healthiest position by purchasing a high quality cat food that is available at pet stores or your veterinary clinic. Higher quality food will cost a bit more, but doing so will keep your kitten or cat from ingesting harmful chemicals and unnecessary fillers. 
This breed will consume more food than other cats that have more fur. This is due to the Sphynx's faster metabolism, which causes them to burn calories faster and use more energy.

Baths: Even though Sphynx cats lack fur to groom or shed, there is still maintenance that is required. Sphynx need to be bathed every week to every two weeks, depending on how much oil their body produces. Bath time can be hassle free if you start at a young age with regular baths. Never use a regular soap or shampoo. Please contact your vet to help choose the right shampoo. I have used Johnson & Johnson baby Shampoo on all my cats since they were kittens. Unlike furry cats, sphynx do not have the fur to absorb the bodily oils. 

Ears: Sphynx require regular ear cleaning since there is little to no hair in the ears to catch dirt or oils. The cats' ears will need to be cleaned on a weekly basis, usually before bath time. 

Nails: The Sphynx breed also tends to accumulate oils and debris under their nails as well as the skin fold above the nail due to the lack of fur. Nails and surrounding skin folds need to be cleaned properly. I have found the nails to be the easiest to clean after baths. With the cat’s paws soaking in warm water, the oil/dirt on the nails rub off easier. Claws need to be cleaned and trimmed at least every 2 weeks. Trimming cat claws will prevent damage of your home furniture. I do NOT support declawing for any feline. If your cat starts to scratch on areas he/she shouldn’t, purchase a cat scratcher or soft paws. Soft paws are the perfect alternative to declawing. 

Eyes: A Sphynx lacks eyelashes which make it easier for dirt to get in. Clean the eye gently with a warm wet cloth or cotton swab after putting in a few drops of tear solution. You should consult your veterinarian for the best product to use with their eyes.

Sphynx cats appear to be hairless but truly aren’t. This breed of cat has a skin texture similar to a peach. Because this breed lacks fur like normal felines, the sphynx huddles up against other animals/people or cuddle underneath blankets to stay warm. Their skin is quite warm to the touch. This breed of cat should NEVER go outdoors. Like humans, this breed can develop sunburns and skin damage. Many think having a hairless cat is the alternative if they are allergic to cats. This is not always the case.   The degree of hairlessness in Sphynx will vary from cat to cat and that NO Sphynx is COMPLETELY HAIRLESS It is understood that there are several factors that increases/decreases the amount of hair a Sphynx will have. Some factors are  climate change, hormones, and genetics that can play an important role in hairlessness when sold. Please keep in mind that it is possible that the kitten/cat could develop some hair after being neutered/spayed or as it grows older. It is IMPOSSIBLE for a cattery to guarantee  a Sphynx kitten/cat will not grow some hair at some point in the future.
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