The Sphynx is not just a hairless cat. The breed has other sound features. The body is of middle size, muscular. Sphynx cats have wrinkled skin, especially around their head and neck. The ears are very large, broad down and sharpen up. The legs are long. The Sphynx' toes are elongated and look like little fingers, Sphynxs can hold things with them. Most Sphynxs do have fine down which is invisable but make the skin feel like chamois. The Sphynx body temperature is 101-103 F, which is higher than human body temperature. Some Sphynx fanciers like to use their pets as a hot-water bottles. Sphynxs are very affectionate and don't mind this. They are said to feel sore places on the owners body and to cure them by laying on them.
Special item is whether Sphynxs are hypoallergenic. The Sphynx may suit people who suffer from allergies caused by animal hair that cats lick and leave all over the house. But since the Sphynx do not have long hair that is shed and left around the house, allergy sufferers tend to do better with the Sphynx. The best way to find out if you are allergic to the Sphynx cat is to visit a local cattery and spend some time with these wonderful felines. Hopefully you won't be so that you can enjoy one of these awesome kitties as a pet. This would be the best way for you and the cat instead of getting one home only to find out you can't live together because of allergies.
Care and MaintenanceTheir maintenance is rather unlike other cats.
Sphynxs sweat, their skin secretes oils to nourish the non-existent coat, so they need occasional bathing. But bathing is not a problem-most Sphynxs don't mind it and it very easy to dry them. The ears need to be cleaned weekly.
Sphynxs are not whimsy about food. But due their high metabolism Sphynxs do need more food than most other cats do. As long as they are fed well and the air temperature is comfortable for man, Sphynxs are not cold. But they like warmth and are smart enough to find it near people or under a coverlet. It would be better keep them out of drafts. Of course, Sphynxs are not supposed to be kept outdoors. Besides temperature extremes, sunbeams are also hazardous for their naked skin.
Recognition of the Sphynx breedCFA, TICA, WCF, CFF