Sphynx So Ugly Its Cute
Lifespan: 15 to 20 years
Activity Level: High
Temperament: Gentle, Curious, Intelligent
Information / Facts: The Sphynx cat was first bred into existence in the 1960s and is still a work in progress for breeders. This cat is know for its lack of a coat. While many believe this cat to be completely hypo-allergenic and safe for individuals with cat allergies, this is not always the case. Many people are allergic to a protein produced by cats, and not cat fur itself. In addition to the lack of a coat, the Sphynx usually has no whiskers or other body hair. As a result of this lack of fur, the cat's body is generally very warm to the touch. The Sphynx should be an indoor only cat and be allowed outside on an extremely limited basis, as its lack of fur makes it prone to sunburn and hypothermia. Many owners love to dress their Sphynx cats in coats and shirts to pretty them up and protect them from the elements.
Pros: The Sphynx needs little in the way of grooming. A quick bath once a week and a regular nail trimming and teeth brushing is pretty much all it takes to keep this cat well maintained. Regular vet visits and a good quality diet are definite musts for any cat, but especially this breed. The Sphynx is very curious, which is adorable to most owners, but can get the cat into mischief. The Sphynx is very loving and affectionate, making it ideal for those who live alone.
Cons: The lack of a coat makes the Sphynx vulnuerable to heat and cold injuries. This can also cause ear issues due to build up of wax, dirt and oils. It is imperative that the owner keep the cat's ears clean. The Sphynx may also have a sensitive digestive system, so it is important to keep a close eye on the cat's diet.