You wish to welcome a cat in your home and you don’t know which breed to choose?
Why don’t you take the time to discover the atypical Sphynx and its extraordinary character.
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Characteristics of the Sphynx
The Sphynx has a unique look. Whether loved or hated, it leaves no one indifferent.
- Its skin, covered with a minute down, reacts like human skin. It sweats and tans. Sometimes covered with spots, the skin is the colour of the hairs if they had grown.
- Its lemon-shaped eyes placed at an angle can be golden, yellow, blue or minnows (one eye of each colour).
- Wrinkled, devoid of whiskers, it has some short, curly vibrissae, prominent cheekbones, a rounded skull, a short muzzle, slender legs and large triangular ears.
- Its weight can reach 3 to 5 kilos.
- Her life expectancy is 14 to 20 years.
- Gestation: 56 to 70 days.
- Average price: 1300 euros
- His food must be of very good quality. He is a big eater because he burns a lot of calories to regulate the heat of his naked body. There are special Sphynx kibbles.
Origin of the Sphynx
This race is a natural genetic mutation. It first appeared in Canada in 1966. A couple of alley cats gave birth to hairless kittens. They were brought back to the Netherlands by Dr. Hernandez to be crossed with Devon Rexes known for their short hair. In 1983 the French breeder Patrick Challain continued to develop the breed.
In 1985, Aline and Philippe Noël brought in their turn two kittens from Holland to France, Mogwaï and Gizmo. It is from their daughter Aménophis Clone that the breed standard was written. The Sphynx is recognized as a French breed and registered in the LOOF .
Character of the Sphynx
- This cat is a perfect house cat.
- It is often called “the cat-dog”. Very playful, he is particularly close to his master. He will slip under your duvet with delight, because he likes the contact. It is a pot of glue always looking for attention.
- His body heat is one degree warmer than the human body. It is very pleasant to caress because it is soft as a chamois.
- It will make itself understood thanks to its noisy and very characteristic meow. He is a “big talker”.
- It is not advisable to be absent all the time if you choose this breed, as it will wither away unless you offer it a companion of the same breed. He can get along perfectly with a dog.
The Sphynx and allergies
Contrary to what one might think, one can develop an allergy to the Sphynx just as with other cats.
The major allergens are found in saliva (Fel d1 protein). The cat licking itself will spread the allergen. You can always visit a cattery to evaluate its sensitivity.
In case of coughing, wheezing, hives, itching, runny eyes or other, it is not advisable to have a Sphynx, as no treatment will make these inconveniences disappear.
The health of the Sphynx
- Before acquiring a Sphynx, it must be tested for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (narrowing of the heart wall). This is a genetic disease. If one of her parents is a carrier, your kitten is at risk of developing the disease.
- Its skin rich in collagen secretes sebum. He must bathe regularly. For a quick wash, wipes or a washcloth are handy.
- His ears must be cleaned once a week and coated with a greasy care (sold at the vets).
- His claws will have to be trimmed regularly.
- It should not be exposed to the sun (sunscreen may be applied).
- He’s afraid of the cold.
- On the whole, he’s no more fragile than any other cat.
To meditate: “People who don’t like cats haven’t met the right one yet.”
Deborah A. Edwards
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