Sphynx Diet: Raw feeding is the most beneficial diet for cats. As obligate carnivores, their bodies are designed specifically to process animal based food sources such as muscle meat, organ meat, bone and other body structures. Commercial dry and wet food both contain plant based fillers such as grains, rice and potatoes that are unable to be digested. Plant based fillers cause the diet to be high in carbohydrates as well, contributing to dental disease, obesity, diabetes and thyroid disease. Commercially prepared raw diets are available in the freezer section of many pet stores now for easier feeding. Many people choose to make their own home made blend as well. Either commercial or homemade preparation is appropriate for feeding. The raw diet is a high moisture, fiber animal protein diet that supports good digestive, kidney and metabolic health. Through personal experience, I have also found that this diet almost completely eliminates feces odor and reduces the amount of waste produced, since the body is able to absorb more of the nutrients in the food. This diet cannot be left out for longer than an hour or so at a time, and dishes used for feeding must either be disposable, or washed thoroughly between each meal.
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.
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.