If you’re thinking of adopting a sphynx cat, here are a few tips for hairless cat care so you’re fully prepared to welcome this affectionate breed into your home. Maintaining a sphynxs hygiene is important, Hairless to semi hairless Sphynxs skin produces oil and dirt build up. Sphynxs should be bathed weekly. When bathing your sphynx it is best to fill the tub with lukewarm water first and make sure to test the water on your wrist. When lathering your sphynx use a hypoallergenic shampoo and rinse fully. DO NOT GET WATER IN THEIR MOUTH, EYES OR EARS. Towel dry your sphynx, Like most furry cats, some cats dislike baths but will build a tolerance as they get older. Other helpful ways in cleaning your Sphynx is using All Natural Cat Wipes.
The sphynx like all other cats love their sunlight especially for warmth, but unlike other cats Sphynxs skin is exposed subjecting them to sunburns and skin cancer. Monitor sun exposure if possible and also have heating pads around, our cats enjoy and love to spend time on them. Do not use sunscreen on your cat, there aren’t any sunscreen safe for cats, not even baby formulated ones.
Because Sphynx kittens and cats do not have eyelashes to keep dust and particles from the environment out of their eyes, they do develop mucus in the corner of their eyes. When this happens, gently wipe mucus away with a warm (not hot) damp napkin or cloth. Healthy mucus can be clear or brown in color. If the mucus is yellow, its a sign of infection and it is important to seek a vets attention.
Sphynx cats are hairless between the ear canal this can cause a lot of ear wax build up If left UNCLEAN. To prevent blockage Only if comfortable use a q-tip dampened in the Virbac Epi-Otic solution and gently wipe inside your cat’s ears. You can also use a damp cloth for a safer method.
Ear wax removal is best after a bath always use an ear cleanser specifically made for cats. Do not use cleansers for humans, You can always bring your kitten to your local vet or pet groomer before using any type of cleaning device on your cat to avoid any complications.
Due to direct contact with outside elements, sphynx cats are prone to acne, just like humans. Dirt can build up in their skin and result in blackheads. Cleaning blackheads is vital to avoiding any future skin issues. Scrub the breakout lightly with warm water and a mild antibacterial soap. Ask your vet for any recommendations and avoid using human products that could potentially damage or irritate your cat’s skin.
Our Sphynxs get their nails cut every two weeks. We use a special cat nail clippers. This is a very delicate area and it is important not to cut near the pink/white area, this is where the nerve endings and blood vessels are located. Also from sweat accumulating in the skin flaps around the nail, there can be a brown/black build up. We suggest removing it after their bath, with a dampened q-tip. If this isn’t maintained, the cat can develop a fungal infection in the nail. Seek your groomers attention if you do not feel confident of this sensitive care area.
Sphynxs have a very high metabolism, They require a high calorie diet to maintain their body heat. Sphynxs like dry, wet, and table food. Dry food our cats love Blue Wilderness,Orijen and Science diet (kitten). We use a automatic food dispenser available to the cats at all hours. In the morning and in the evening we feed our cats wet or table food. Wet food we switch between the Fancy feast soft kitten and Blue Wilderness, We also use other Natural Balance brands of different flavors. Sometimes we substitute wet food with table food such as boiled chicken or minced beef remember to cut up table food finely. Occasional snacks such as cottage cheese are also given as a treat.
Sphynx are indoor cats and are sensitive to the cold. If your cat’s ears and paws are cold, it’s a sign that they are also cold. Throughout the year, the temperature of your house should be placed at around 20 to 25 °C (68 to 77 ºF). A lower temperature may cause colds, flu and malaise in your delicate cat. We suggest having a heating pad at home for these purposes, as well as a fur or plush blanket that they can cuddle up inside. You can also dress them up in sweaters.
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