Q and A
What are the characteristics of the Sphynx cat?
The most obvious and unique feature of the Sphynx is that it is hairless. Sphynx cats have large
eyes and ears. Don't forget to check out our picture gallery to get a firsthand look at these characteristics!
Do Sphynx cats need more maintenance than other breeds?
The Sphynx breed need a bath once a week. The natural oils that make
a furry cat soft and shiny come to the surface and collect on a hairless cat's skin. Then, dust from normal living attracts
and looks much like ring around the collar. I recommend an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal shampoo from your vet to thoroughly cleanse the skin once per week.
Will I be allergic to Sphynx cats?
Some people that are allergic to cats can tolerate the Sphynx breed. Other people who are allergic and/or have asthma are not able to tolerate them. If you have any cat and suffer from allergies, bathing the cat regularly may help. A sphynx should be bathed regularly and this may help you tolerate them.
What kind of personality does the Sphynx have?
I am prejudiced, but this breed is by far among the friendliest, playfully active, curious, and personable breed of cat. They want to be where you are. They greet you at the door when you
come home and prefer to spend lots of their time with you either playing or sleeping on your lap.
Do males or females make the best pet?
Do not be afraid to adopt a male kitten. If you are purchasing as a pet and alter your male you should have no problem with spraying and a male is every bit as affectionate or more so than females. Either make wonderful pets.
What is the price for a Sphynx Cat?
Prices vary, depending on the
amount of hair. Naturally, the more hair, the less expensive.
Likewise, the more
bald, the higher the price. Generally, prices range from 800.00 for pets. Pets
must be neutered or spayed. Breeders/Show prices are usually 1500.00 up to
$3500.00 for Rare Odd Eyed with full T.I.C.A. & C.F.A.
Why are they so expensive?
Sphynx are still a rare breed. They require more care to raise. Their rarity and special care make
them more expensive then normal cats.
Do Sphynx cats have more health problems then other breeds?
Once a sphynx kitten as with ALL
cat breeds reaches about six months of age they are very
healthy. This is when their immune system seems to kick in. During that first six months they do have a tendency to catch mild colds occasionally as with most kittens, puppies, children.
Do special precautions have to be taken to keep them warmer, since they have no fur?
Generally if you are comfortable in your home it is most likely ok for your cats. As long as you provide something as inexpensive as an old comforter for them to curl up in they are fine. They
are very good at finding sources of heat...lights, appliances, heaters etc. I keep a heating pad on
the "cat couch" and they can always snuggle up there if they like.
Do you guarantee their health?