The Sphynx is one of the most striking cat breeds, since looking at it gives us the impression that it does not have any fur. In addition, its slim and elegant body may remind us of the sphinxes, from which it is named.
Although it needs a little more attention and care than cats that do have hair, it is no less true that it is one of the animals that can most easily win hearts, especially people with a calm nature. Find out .
Origin and history
Although it may seem otherwise, the fact that it apparently does not have hair is not the result of selective breeding, but of a natural recessive genetic mutation that occurred in the 1960s in Canada . From then on, Canadian breeders dedicated their work to preserving the characteristics of those first Sphynx kittens.
But what was the race that underwent that change? The truth is that it does not taste good. The most accepted theory is that the mutation appeared in the Devon rex (which also arose naturally, as a result of the crossing of two common cats). What can be said is that both American and European bloodlines descend from two families of natural mutations:
- Dermis and Epidermis (1975): from the Pearsons de Wadena, in Minnesota (USA)
- Bambi, Punkie and Paloma (1978) – Found in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and raised by Shirley Smith.
Sphynx physical characteristics
It is an animal with a slim body but an athletic build , protected by a thin layer of very, very short, whitish hair. The head is triangular, with large rounded lemon-shaped eyes, and the ears very large and broad at the base.
The legs are medium in proportion to the body, robust and muscular, the hind legs being somewhat higher than the front ones. The tail is thin, flexible and well proportioned.
Their life expectancy is 10 to 15 years .
Black sphynx cat
It is a variety that has dark gray skin, with the rest of the characteristics of the breed.
Behavior and personality
The Sphynx, also called the sphinx or Egyptian cat (not to be confused with the Egyptian Mau ), is an animal with a sweet, friendly and curious character . In addition, he is very intelligent, to the point that he will need stimuli (both visual and physical -games-) to lead a happy and healthy life.
But yes, it is generally calmer and calmer than other felines, especially if we compare it with the common European, or even with the flare 😉. Of course, don’t expect him to behave like a Persian (whose fame as a sofa cat has made him very popular): unlike him, he prefers to lead an active life rather than spend the whole day resting.
How to take care of it?
Although it is a somewhat peculiar cat, it is a cat. This means that you need to eat a diet rich in animal protein (meat and / or fish, depending on your taste), and without grains. Ideally, give them natural food, but to avoid problems it is advisable to consult a nutritionist veterinarian.
An alternative to the traditional Barf diet would be to give it Diet Yum, which is basically similar to Barf, but with the meat that is sold ready to serve.
Other options are to give it feed, Taste of the wild style , Acana, Applaws, Orijen, Criadores Grain-Free, etc., or others that are still more recommended -but more expensive- such as Summum.
Obviously, you must make sure that he has clean and fresh water always at his disposal. And for this there is nothing like buying an automatic waterer (fountain). Why? Because cats do not usually like to drink water that remains stagnant. The fountains encourage them to drink more, thus reducing the risk of urinary tract problems such as cystitis .
Keeping moving is very important for almost all living beings, including people and of course cats during those times that they remain awake. If you want him to be in good physical -and mental- health, you should play with him for an hour a day , divided into small sessions of about 20 minutes each.
But beware: don’t play rough with him, and don’t let him bite or scratch you . The movements have to be subtle. You must turn the toy – a reed for example – into a live prey, moving it as if it really were. Here you have ideas to give them (give them away 😉).
During his first year of life you have to take him to the vet to get the mandatory vaccinations , the microchip, and also to neuter him if you do not intend to breed him. Likewise, it will be necessary to take it back every time it has suffered an accident or you suspect that it is sick , something that will happen if you see that it loses its appetite, vomits, has a fever , and / or is sad.
Affection and company
Without a doubt, it is one of the most important things, if not the most. If you have a cat, or any pet, and you don’t spend time with it and you don’t give it affection, there is no point in sharing your life with it. Therefore, a cat should only be brought home when we really want it .
And that “want” does not have to be the typical “I want this and after a few days I forget”, no. Animals are not things. They are not (or should not be) whims. Animals need care, they need to be respected … throughout their lives, which in the case of the Sphynx exceeds a decade.
It is clear that we cannot know where or how we will be in 10 years, but if that does not matter to us when we talk about our family, it will not do it if we can and we are very, very excited to bring a cat into our home. After all, the feline will also be part of the family.
Protection against cold and heat
It is very, very sensitive to cold ; Hence, it is one of the few breeds of cat that is especially recommended to wear warm clothes. For this reason, it does not have to be allowed to go outside, and less in autumn-winter. It will be much better indoors, near a heat source, or covered with blankets.
On the other hand, by not having hair that protects it too much, it is important to avoid exposing it or exposing it to sunlight during the summer , since it could suffer burns.
What is the price of an Egyptian cat?
The price of the Sphynx is around € 500-600 if you buy it from a professional breeder, and about € 400-500 if you buy it in a pet store.
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