History 
Even though Sphynx are considered “hairless” cats, this is not always true. They can have some fuzz- similar to peach fuzz on their bodies. This can come and go throughout their life. Although hairless cats have been reported throughout history, breeders in Europe have been working on the Sphynx breed since the early 1960s. Two different sets of hairless felines discovered in North America in the 1970s provided the foundation cats for what was shaped into the existing Sphynx breed. The skin should have the texture of chamois, as it has fine hairs, or they may be completely hairless. Whiskers may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent. The sphynx is a medium-sized cat with a striking appearance, identified by her hairless, wrinkled skin and large ears. She has a sleek, muscular body that is dense and heavy for her size. The breed is medium sized but nicely muscled.

The Breed Standard

  • Wedge-shaped heads with prominent cheekbones
  • Large, lemon-shaped eyes
  • Very large ears with no hair on inside, but soft down on outside base
  • Well-muscled, powerful neck of medium length
  • Medium length torso, barrel-chested, and full, round abdomen, sometimes called a potbelly.
  • Paw pads thicker than other cats, giving the appearance of walking on cushions
  • Whip like, tapering tail from body to tip, (sometimes with fur all over tail or a puff of fur on the tip, like a lion)
  • Muscular body

Feeding

Sphynx cats eat more than other cats and should have dry food available at all times for free feeding, I feed Pro Plan kitten food. I also recommend providing wet canned food at least once a day or as needed to keep your kitten satisfied and at a healthy weight. Sphynx have a higher metabolism than most cats because they need to work a little harder to keep their body temperature warm due to the hairless factor. It is important to keep food and water available at all times so they can eat as much as they need to Different sphynx cats have different body builds. Some are more bulky and plump while others can be lean and more athletic, however your sphynx should not be bony. Your cat will require clean drinking water at all times. NutriCal or dyne, which are high-calorie vitamin supplement can be used to prevent weight loss when factors like surgery, moving, or coming into a new home could cause weight loss.

Housing

To begin with keep your sphynx kitten in one room of the house (where a litter box will be) for the first week or so gives the kitten a chance to adjust to the new home, bond with owners, and identify the location of the litter box. This may be helpful to some households, particularly those with multiple pets. Your sphynx kitten should be introduced to its litter box and placed in it for the first couple of days to ensure the kitten knows where it is. Kitty’s litter box should be scooped clean daily with litter changed out as directed. The box should be bleached or cleaned adequately and regularly, depending on your litter box system. Sphynx cats should be kept indoors only and should not be allowed running loose outside without escort and sun protection. Moreover, you should try to reduce stress on your kitten and keep it away from sick animals and germs while it still young and developing its immune system.

Friends needed

The sphynx breed is extremely social and loving. Unlike “normal cats” the sphynx is less aloof and does not like to be left alone for long. We suggest you do not leave a kitten alone for more than a day. Adults should not be alone for no more than 2 or 3 days. If you will not be home for extended periods (within this range) your pet will need another companion. These cats should not be left alone for more than a day without visible signs especially if you see visible signs of distress. Some kittens should be boarded or babysat rather than being left alone for 24 hours. Get to know your cat before you go on vacation. Leaving kitty with your veterinarian may be the best way to make sure your kitty stays healthy while you are away.

Sleepy time

The sphynx breed is extremely social and loving. Unlike “normal cats” the sphynx is less aloof and does not like to be left alone for long. We suggest you do not leave a kitten alone for more than a day. Adults should not be alone for no more than 2 or 3 days. If you will not be home for extended periods (within this range) your pet will need another companion. These cats should not be left alone for more than a day without visible signs especially if you see visible signs of distress. Some kittens should be boarded or babysat rather than being left alone for 24 hours. Get to know your cat before you go on vacation. Leaving kitty with your veterinarian may be the best way to make sure your kitty stays healthy while you are away. Sphynx cats love to sleep in a warm bed with their owners and will likely insist on it in time. This can lead to sheets that get soiled much more quickly. If this is undesired a small blanket can be placed in the spot where your cat likes to sleep so it can be laundered more often. Extra sheet washing is a small price to pay for so much love.

Health

The sphynx cat breed are known to be prone to Upper Respiratory Infections (URI) Colds. They are especially susceptible under stressful situations, such as moving to their new homes or being shipped. Usually they get over this by themselves, but sometimes they need to be put on antibiotics. Your vet will know how to take care of this. As far as temperature goes, if you are comfortable your sphynx should be comfortable. But it is always recommended that there is a blanket or warm spot the cat/kitten can snuggle into if it is cold. Probiotics are also used by many breeders for gastrointestinal health and Llysine it is a supplement that helps with the respiratory system. All kittens leave here with two sets of shots given at 7.5 weeks and 11.5 weeks. They are also wormed every 2 weeks starting at 2 weeks.

 


House hold dangers

Sphynx are attracted to all heat sources, and many of them are dangerous. Take care with candles, accessible light bulbs, an open hot oven and stove top, the fireplace, the inside the clothes dryer, etc. They can seek out the sun and end up sunburned if overexposed. Please use caution and care if you take your sphynx for an outside experience. It should be harnessed for safety initially. They are indoor cats and have not been exposed to the outside environment enough to safely anticipate their reactions. Other dangers for kittens include an open toilet, window blinds with cords, and electrical cords.

Bath time

So they need to be bathed at least every two weeks or so, it depends on the cat, and how dirty the cat gets.
Sphynx naturally produces oils on the skin, nails, and in the ears. Likewise, your kitten will need to be washed with a gentle product . We suggest baby wash to be followed up with baby lotion if needed for dry skin. We rarely find that lotion is needed unless the kitten has been over washed or is having a type of skin substance in their ears and they need to be carefully cleaned at least once every couple of weeks. You can use mineral oil and a Q-tip- but care must be taken so you don’t go too deep and puncture an eardrum. The sheaths of the nails need to be cleaned also as they collect blackish oily substance.
Eyes should be wiped with a wet cloth as needed. Because there are no eyelashes the tears that are normally produced can collect in the eyes. If not cleaned- this can leave an orange or black tear stain.
Kittens can often have stained teeth. This discoloration is from the oil on their mother’s skin. Their adult teeth will come in pearly white!


Signs Your Sphynx May be Cold

• Kitty is sleeping with arms tucked entirely under the body. Sitting frequently in hunched down position trying to keep the body and extremities close together.
• Kitty tries to sleep curled tightly. Warm cats will stretch while cold cats try to stay tight. Cats generally like to curl, but not always. These kittens sleep stretched more than curled.
• Shivering
• Getting frequent colds or upper respiratory infections
• Spending most of the time in bed instead of with you
• Putting on fur and fuzziness. Some sphynx cats will put on a little fuzz, but it can also be a sign that your cat is consistently too cold
• Kitty’s ears or feet are cool or cold to the touch. Sphynx cats can have a higher temperature than other cats. They should always feel warm to the touch
• Kitten is always rambunctious and may even seem destructive because it never stops going and is always into trouble. Kittens will play and can go through a challenging period; however comfortable kittens will sleep a lot. Cold kittens, on the other hand, must find a way to stay warm. Cold exhausted kittens can get into extra special trouble.

What’s our return policy?

If you decide you no longer want your kitten you may return her/him at any time. No refund will be given for said animal I will possibly keep or rehome animal at my own discretion.

Shipping may be possible based on availability of my kitten Nanny.

I will not ship out of the continental US or on regular commercial flights anywhere. These are delicate animals, I will not put them through extra stress of flying by them self.