What makes Sphynx kittens great pets?
Sphynx kittens are not your typical cats. They are hairless, wrinkled, and have large ears and eyes. But don't let their appearance fool you. These cats are full of personality, affection, and intelligence. They are also great companions for people who are looking for a unique and loyal pet. Here are some reasons why Sphynx kittens make the best pets:
- They are hypoallergenic. Unlike most cats, Sphynx kittens do not shed fur or dander, which can trigger allergies in some people. This makes them ideal for those who love cats but are sensitive to their allergens. However, Sphynx kittens still produce saliva and sebum, which can cause mild reactions in some individuals. Therefore, it is important to consult with your doctor before adopting a Sphynx kitten if you have any concerns about allergies.
- They are friendly and social. Sphynx kittens are very outgoing and love to interact with humans and other animals. They are not shy or aloof, but rather curious and playful. They enjoy being held, cuddled, and petted, and will often follow you around the house and try to join in whatever you are doing. They also get along well with children, dogs, and other cats, as long as they are properly introduced and supervised.
- They are smart and trainable. Sphynx kittens are highly intelligent and can learn tricks, commands, and even how to use the toilet. They are also very responsive to positive reinforcement and praise, and will do anything to please their owners. You can teach your Sphynx kitten how to fetch, sit, high-five, and more, using treats, toys, and clickers. You can also provide them with puzzle toys, scratching posts, and cat trees to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.
- They are adaptable and easy to care for. Sphynx kittens can adapt to any environment and lifestyle, as long as they have enough attention and warmth. They are not fussy or demanding, and will happily adjust to your schedule and routine. They do not require any grooming, except for regular bathing, ear cleaning, and nail trimming, to prevent oil buildup, infections, and injuries. They also need a balanced diet, fresh water, and regular veterinary checkups, like any other cat.
Sphynx kittens are not for everyone, but for those who appreciate their unique beauty and personality, they are the perfect pets. They will provide you with endless entertainment, affection, and loyalty, and will make you feel special and loved. If you are interested in adopting a Sphynx kitten, you can contact a reputable breeder or a rescue organization near you. You can also learn more about this amazing breed from the [Sphynx Cat Association](^1^) or the [Sphynx Cat Club](^2^)..
Source: Conversation with Bing, 12/5/2023
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Psalm is a gentleman kitten. He's a mellow fellow until playtime then it's Let's Go! He is doing great with his new owner Danielle. She even got him some SNAZZZY sweaters he's working hard to grow into.
Thanks Danielle for the pictures. Keep sending updates. We love watching them grow.
What dry food and wet food do we feed our kittens and nursing mom?
Currently our kittens that are 5 weeks and older have access to the following foods. We do not recommend changing their food for the first month you have them and then only gradually. I have posted links to the food on Amazon because I enjoy my prime 2 day shipping and sometimes store inventory is low.
You do not have to buy from these retailers, most grocery and pet stores carry these brands. I recommend having at least on bag on hand for when you receive your kitten.
Sphynx lack fur and therefore get oily skin and also sweaty. They require frequent baths to maintain healthy skin. Your Sphynx kitten should already be used to baths if you received it from a quality breeder.
You will need:
Gentle shampoo or soap (Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo or Aveeno works great)
Shallow sink or tub with warm water
Start by taking two tbsp of coconut oil and rubbing it on your Sphynx’s skin to loosen the dirt and wax build-up. If your cat is allergic, olive oil works great too. Let sit for 5 min, then put cat gently in sink of warm water about chest deep on cat. Lather cat with shampoo making sure to clean between toes and get tail. Use wash cloth to clean face, ears and extra grimy spots. Rinse cat gently and wrap like a baby and dry.
You can use a small amount of oil like lotion to moisture skin if needed.
Sphynx cats and kittens need regular baths, nail trims and ear cleaning. With no fur they have a build up of oils that accumulate on their skin, teeth and nails. It’s very dark and looks dirty or in patches like a ball of ear wax.
I recommend a bath every 3 weeks minimum and every other week maximum. You will need to loosen the dirt/oils with coconut oil or olive oil. Pre-rub your cat or kitten with about a tablespoon of oil and let set for 5 or 10 minutes.
In a shallow tub or sink of warm water, lather your cat or kitten with baby tear-free shampoo or body wash. It’s important that it’s nothing to drying for the skin or your cat will get oily/dirty faster between baths.
Wash their face with a cloth and nails.
After bathing wrap your cat in a towel and dip cloth or swab into coconut oil and clean ears. The oils/wax in ears for this breed is thick and dark. Vets will almost always mistake it for mites. It is not ear infection or mites…it is just wax an dirt. Clean til skin looks clean but do not go to deep in canal. Trim nails and use coconut oil on cloth to remove wax/dirt build up.
Stella pre-bath. See how dirty her ears and skin are. She smells like a sweaty armpit. Lol so bath day for her.