I get lots of questions about Sphynx Cats. When I say lots I mean at least a dozen a day. Many of the questions make me wonder whether people are confused about whether Sphynx Cats and Sphynx Kittens are actually cats. Which, of course, they are.
That means that Sphynx cats can catch all the things that cats with a normal covering of hair can get. They will do the things that cats with hair will do. They can be naughty and bad tempered if they are mistreated or bought up with bad manners. They can decide to change where and with whom they sleep (usually when there is someone new in the house). They can decide they don’t want to eat something for a while. They will kill whatever they can chase down, and they will play with whatever it is before they kill it.
Sphynx cats are mini carnivores that in nature would be out making a life for themselves catching small birds,rodents and insects and just because they have very short fur doesn’t mean those instincts don’t come with them. If you are in the market for a hairless cat or kitten then keep that in mind, they still have all of those cats instincts just like any other breed of cat.
Question – my shpynxes paws and tail are fuzzy, but the fuzz has turned yellow. how do I clean him so its white again?
Answer – It is not unusual for Sphynx cats to have fuzz on their feet, tails, nose and genitals. Depending on the colour of your Sphynx and how often, and with what, you wash them, you may end up with some discolouration. If you are washing your Sphynx cat with a cat shampoo then staining will be coming from either the environment or there may be something wrong with the cat itself as some illnesses can affect the protein in the cat’s saliva, or over-grooming by the cat to areas because of illness. If you suspect a change in behaviour or health then a vet visit is advised.
If you know of an environmental reason (sleeping in a pot plant for example) a tip from the show ring may help. Make a slurry of cornflour and water and use like a shampoo on the areas. Rub vigorously into the hairy areas and then rinse off. When cat is dry dust cornflour into the fur and rub in. The cornflour absorbs oils and helps remove anything that could be causing discolouration. Let the cat groom out naturally.
Note: My Sphynnx cat Luna is a pink Sphynx which means her fur is naturally white, but as she has grown older there has also been the appearance of some ginger fur as well. This comes and goes as the hair does. Make sure you aren’t mistaking natural ginger fur for discolouration.
Wondering why there’s been no Sphynx cat blog news lately? There’s been a MAJOR issue with my webhost that caused an issue with posting AND with posts being seen on the web….Hopefully that is all fixed now and we are able to get going again. There’s a heap of Sphynx cat questions to answer in the email and pictures to put up.
This Sphynx cat question floored me a little because the asker seems to be breeding without understanding anything about the whole breeding process of cats. I am hoping that it was asked by a curious child member of the family and there is a responsible adult who knows what is going on.
My Sphynx Cats Just Mated How Long Till Kittens Are Born ?
Sphynx cats, like all cats will be pregnant for somewhere between 60-70 days, with 63-65 the average. As the egg is fertilised 4-5 days after ovulation, exact dating is difficult. In cats ovulation is prompted by the male spiked penis “scratching” the vagina of the female cat. Because of this the first mating will not result in kittens, but subsequent matings will fertilise eggs released after that first mating.
Female cats are able to breed before their first birthday and so should be desexed at around 12 weeks unless she is going into a planned breeding program.
The first sign of pregnancy (apart from the heat cycle stopping) is at around 3 weeks when the nipples of the female will swell and become a rosier colour, often called “pinking”. Your cat may have symptoms of morning sickness which is more noticeable in Sphynxes because of their indoor habitat, and so may vomit several times in the first week or so of pregnancy. Food intake will increase and a good quality balanced cat diet should be fed to her.
Your Sphynx Queen’s belly will swell and at rest you may see the kittens moving inside of her at the end of the pregnancy.
Close to birthing time make sure you watch your Sphynx to see where she is planning to “nest”. Expert breeders will have a breeding box/room/area set aside to ensure the Queen is not disturbed while giving birth and the important bonding days just after birth. Do not handle the kittens too much after birth (even though you may be tempted) as this can distress the Queen and cause her to kill and eat her offspring.
The first of the Sphynx cat care questions are rolling in via email and the Sphynx Cat Facebook page and today we answer “Is it safe to use human products on Sphynx cats?” By human products we are talking about shampoos, wipes and moisturisers.
Human skin and cat skin have different pH levels. Human skin is around 5.4 on the pH scale and human shampoos are around 6 on the pH to ensure cleansing without irritation. Cat shampoos should be around 7.5 on the pH scale because cat skin is naturally more alkaline than humans. It is ALWAYS advisable to use a product specifically designed for cat use instead of a human product, but infrequent use of a human product can be acceptable as long as there is no irritation caused by the product.
Be aware that human products have perfumes and colourants that can cause your cat to develop allergies if you are using them over a long period of time. Again…infrequent use (when you have run out of your cat shampoo for instance) is advised rather than long term use. Even baby wipes can cause allergies in your cat, so sourcing cat wipes specifically made for cats is always the way to go.
All shampoos are made of chemicals (as is everything on the planet) so asking for a chemical free shampoo is not a helpful question when buying a Sphynx cat shampoo. Man-made chemicals are not necessarily a bad thing either as they have been tailored to perform the exact task required, rather than having something “natural” that does the job in a less efficient manner. What you want to avoid when buying a Sphynx cat shampoo is a product that is overly perfumed or contains bleaches (sometimes in show cat shampoos to whiten fur). I prefer products that have a natural base with additives to help get the job done properly.
The best way to get a Sphynx cat clean is to first loosen the dirty skin oils with an oil, then shampoo afterwards. If you live in an area with hard water, or very chlorinated water, then think about using bottled water or distilled water to minimise skin irritation. Sphynx cat skin is not any different to a normal cat’s skin in that it is trying to keep a coat glossy and protect itself so that infection cannot get in. Over washing (more than once a week) will cause more oil to be produced, leading to more washing…leading to a nasty cycle for your cat. Wipe down with wipes, or with oils to remove dirty spots just in the areas required during the week.
I recommend the following products for washing a Sphynx cat through my personal use and recommendations from breeders or other owners. Click the following to be taken to the product order pages