If you love cats, this article may be of interest to you. Here we will know a little more about sphynx cats, very interesting animals both physically and in their personality.
The origin of sphynx cats is not very clear. Their existence dates back to The Aztecs, who would have had hairless cats many centuries ago.
However, the sphynx is of Canadian origin. In 1966 a domestic cat gave birth to a black hairless kitten and, with it, the breeding of a new breed began.
A lady acquired this peculiar kitten, named Prune, and its mother, Elisabeth, whom she crossed a year later to obtain more offspring. From that litter, 7 kittens were born, including 2 males and 2 hairless females. These kittens had serious health problems: their immune system was not able to develop properly.
For this reason, the breeding of this breed almost came to an end. However, in the mid-1970s, other specimens of these “naked cats” were found, and breeding continued. As early as 1971, the sphinx was already recognized as a breed.
What About Their Looks
The appearance of the sphynx cat is undoubtedly the first thing that draws attention to it. Sphynx cat is a medium-sized, muscular cat breed that can weigh between 7 and 15 pounds. Its wedge-shaped head, with rounded contours, is slightly longer than wide.
The sphinx has large ears with an open base, and their tips are slightly rounded. The large eyes of these pussies are lemon-shaped and are slanted towards the outside of the ears. They have very wrinkled skin that can be of any color, even with spots.
Sphynxes are cheerful and affectionate and are very attached to their owner. They also tend to be quite friendly with other pets. It is not advisable to leave sphinxes home alone for a long time because they are cunning and can get bored quickly. You can stimulate their mind, for example, with brain games.
Another option is to socialize them with other animals of their species to keep them entertained. Sphynxes can be kept on a leash, although you should consider the weather conditions; avoid going for walks in very hot or cold weather.
Care And Feeding
Because of their lack of fur, Sphynx cats are sensitive to weather conditions. It is, therefore, crucial to protect sphinxes from very low temperatures and sunlight. Since this breed is very sensitive, it should only live indoors. However, to offer diversity in its life, walks and outings to a well-secured balcony are recommended.
The sphinxes’ lack of coat means that they require more food than those with fur. Like other cat breeds, sphinxes are also lactose intolerant to milk from other animals, so they should not drink more than their mother’s milk.