When it comes to caring for your pet you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can. But how can you make sure?
You probably spend a lot of time thinking about how you give them attention and what you feed them.
You might even be worrying about what toys they play with or what treats you give them. But you should also be thinking about their overall skincare.
But just what does sphynx skin care really entail?
The Basics of What You Need to Know
The first thing you should know is that having a hairless cat, like a sphynx, is different from having a standard cat that has a little or a lot of fur. They’re beautiful cats and they’re just as loyal as any other, but they can sometimes take a bit more care and attention than any other cat. And you’re going to have to pay careful attention to all of those needs when you adopt one. So let’s take a closer look at just what that’s going to mean for you.
Bathing Your Sphynx
One of the first things to pay attention to is bathing. You might think that it’s easier because your cat has no fur, but that’s actually not the case at all. Your hairless cat will actually need more baths than a cat that has fur because of that very fact. The fur on any other cat helps to keep sweat and oils off the skin, but your sphynx doesn’t have that fur and that means they get quite sweaty and oily.
Bathing weekly, with warm but not hot water will help with this. So will a medicated shampoo that has a light or no scent. Just make sure that you’re getting all of the shampoo off of their skin because, without fur to help, dried shampoo on their body could actually be even more irritating and damaging to the skin. It’s also more important to get them fully dry because they could get too cold otherwise.
Grooming Your Sphynx
Grooming is another area where you need to pay careful attention to your pet. You want to make sure you’re caring for all of their needs and while that doesn’t include brushing fur it does include things like clipping their nails, cleaning their ears and caring for acne that is quite common on these hairless cats.
Cleaning your cats ears is extremely important because they also do not have hair here to keep out dirt, debris and other materials. This means they can end up with buildup and even blockages a whole lot easier and faster than another cat would. But with proper ear care you can cut down on this risk and get your cat feeling a whole lot better.
You want to use a soft cloth or a wet wipe to wipe out the inside of their ears. The best time for this is right after a bath because the warm water will help soften anything that might be in the ears. A Q-tip can also be used to clean out debris or an ear cleanser for cats.
When it comes to clipping nails you’re a little closer to what you would find with the average cat. The difference is there is no hair on your cats feet, which means that there is nothing to keep dirt, debris and dust away from the nails. As a result, they may end up with something wedged between their nails, which can cause irritation and injury.
Clipping regularly with cat nail clippers and going only so far down will help them to stay more comfortable and will also avoid injury. You should talk with your vet to make sure you know just how far to clip their nails and how to make sure that their feet are clean and free of debris and more.
Because of the increased amount of dirt, debris, oils and sweat that accumulate on their skin, sphynx cats are more susceptible to acne than the average cat. When dirt builds up it causes blackheads and that not only looks bad but it’s unhealthy for them as well. That’s why scrubbing lightly with antibacterial soap and warm water is important when you see them pop up.
You can talk with your vet about other ways that you can treat acne on your cat but avoid using any human products as these can be very dangerous for your cat and could cause even more serious reactions.
Managing Body Temperature
As you might expect, cats that don’t have fur are more susceptible to the temperatures around them. That means you need to be careful about how you’re caring for your cat, especially when the temperatures start reaching into the extremes.
For example, when the weather is cold you might want to have blankets around the house for them to curl up in or get a heated cat igloo that will help them curl up in a warm space. This makes sure they don’t get too cold. Also, dressing your cat in sweaters and more can help them to get warm, but make sure you clean the clothes frequently and pay attention to how your cat feels about it.
On the other hand, when the weather is quite warm you want to make sure that you have sources of cool air for your cat to stay comfortable. One thing you might not realize is that feeding them more frequently can actually increase their metabolism, which can help them to warm up entirely on their own. So make sure that you’re watching for this when the weather is too warm.
Is a Sphynx a Friendly Cat?
A sphynx is absolutely a friendly cat. They’re social, affectionate and attention-hogs. They want to be around you all the time and spend as much time with other cats or even dogs as possible. So, if you have a household with other pets these can still be great pets to have around. Just make sure you’re able to get them the attention and love they need, no matter who it comes from.
These cats don’t do well if they’re left alone a lot or if they don’t get attention and socialization. If you don’t have other pets and you don’t have the time or desire to be cuddly and attentive frequently this may not be the right pet for you.