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Why are sphinx cats hairless

Where is your hair?
Where is your hair?
Karla Kirby, Public Domain

The original domestic Sphynx kitten was born in 1966 in Ontario, Canada and the lack of fur domino effects from a genetic mutation. Cautious, discriminating breeding methods have brought out the healthier traits of Sphynx cats while protecting their hairlessness. These cats are gaining popularity on a regular basis; it seems more and more people are appreciating their artistic beauty. They come in many color variations of their skin pigments.

Although the Sphynx are hairless in appearance, they do have velvety fuzz on their bodies. They also have light hair on the nose, toes and tail. The texture of their bodies has been compared to peach fuzz.

Because they are hairless, the Sphynx are more vulnerable to temperature changes and skin disorders, it is very important that this breed remains indoors at all times. They also need to be buffed every day with a soft, chamois cloth. They may also necessitate a bath and this task should be started early on or accomplished by a professional groomer.

Sphynx cats are very curious, playful and can be quite sly at times. They adore being the center of attention like being with other pets. They may be more affectionate and loving because of changes in temperature with very little fur to buffer the transformation of the seasons...

Remember to use only shampoos that are designed for felines or suggested by your vet. Using shampoos for humans or even dogs can be deadly for cats.

Before picking up a Sphynx cat, make certain your hands are warm. Cold hands may give them reason to not like being picked up later on.