General Information about Sphynx
Grooming Your Sphynx
Sphynx cats do require grooming even with the lack of hair. Every two weeks to a month depending on the cat and
the amount of access oil their body produces. Also how often Mommy or Daddy wants to give one a bath, some
stay cleaner than others. So it really depends on the individual cat and owner. This is usually a very easy task since
most of us Sphynx Breeders start to bathe our kittens at a early age. Some enjoy their bath while others will try to
jump down and get away. It really depends on the individual cat or kitten. I use body wash or mild shampoo on my
Sphynx, its mild and safe for their skin. You want to be careful not to dry out their skin. ( If you use a harsh product
or bathe them too much, it will make them produce more oil. ) Care is taken to try not to get soap in their eyes if
possible. I normally take a wash cloth full of water and squeeze in over their face to help keep them more calm. As
for the ears due to lack of hair, Sphynx ears tend to get a brown waxy tar like substance build up inside their ears.
This requires weekly cleaning and again ( depends on the individual cat and owner ). When bathing them I normally
clean their ears out with a wet soapy wash cloth, then with a wash cloth full of water I squeeze it over their ears.
This will moisten the debris in their ear. I then take a baby wipe and clean what I can in the ear. I follow up
carefully with a Q-tip to remove the rest of the wax inside the creases of the ear. ( Be very careful not to go any
further down inside the ear than you can see and make sure you get all the water out of their ears. ) You must do
this or you can develop ear infections, such as fungus. My method of cleaning has been successful for the 10 years of
breeding my Sphynx. Cleaning their nails, while bathing I lather them up and have them soaking in water to loosen
the brown waxy tar like substance on their nails. Then you can follow up by cleaning them with baby wipes while
they are still moist. This makes it much easier to clean. Clipping their claws can also be done at this time, but need
to be done on a weekly basis. Now you have a beautiful, clean baby!
Sphynx cats and kittens are very playful, lively, and very intelligent little creatures. They are a breed all of their own.
They are extremely out going, friendly and always in the mood to cuddle and play. Many like to fetch for their toys
with you. My description of a Sphynx cat is they are part monkey, 2 year old child, dog and let's not forget parrot as
they like to perch on your shoulder. They love to lay in the sun and bask. They will sleep in your bed under the covers
with you at night. They are not timid or aloof, they love to be in everything your doing. Sphynx are not a one person
cat, they love the whole family and get along with other pets. Sphynx are indoor cats, they should never be left
outside unattended. Sphynx are without fur so care should be taken, they are much like us. If you're comfortable then
your cat is too, but if you are chilled then chances are your Sphynx is also and probably needs a sweater. Sphynx
tend to burn more energy keeping warm, so its important to feed a high energy food to maintain their higher
metabolism. I RECOMMEND "ROYAL CANIN" kitten 36 food for kittens and "ROYAL CANIN" special 33 for
Temperament, Care and Feeding
A common misconception is that Sphynx are totally hairless, this is not true. Some do have a fine down covering their
body that can be felt but not seen. The more rubbery the cat feels the less hair it has. Most have slight hair on their
nose, ear and tail. This hair is very fine and soft. Wrinkled skin is highly desirable, particularly around the muzzle,
between the ears and around the shoulders. They have warm muscular bodies, with large ears and lemon shaped eyes
(not round). Their chest should be well rounded with a thick muscular neck. They should have nice big whisker pads
and great chin. Males are generally 25% larger than females. Adult females usually weigh 6 to 10 pounds. This can
vary to some extent.
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Sphynx as I said, think they are a parrot at times! They love perching on your
shoulders. Here are a few pictures showing their (PARROT) side
For some, the very sound of the words "raw meat" sends chills down the spine. For others, the stuff is miracle chow,
the missing link in a domestic diet that has never quite achieved the same balance of nutrients provided in nature.
"Just because cats stepped under man's roof does not negate their obligate carnivore status," says Los Angeles-area
veterinarian Lisa Pierson, who has a special interest in feline medicine and nutrition consultations. "This species
evolved through the years to eat a raw meat diet."
When properly balanced (including meat and bones), a raw cat food diet could provide an ideal blend of protein,
calcium and water. It contains few carbohydrates (which cats store as fat) and is generally easy on the feline
digestive system. And yet, while raw food seems unbeatable on paper, in reality, it has the pet world divided. It
might be chock full of nutrients, but for many critics, the safety concerns of uncooked meat are tough to swallow.
Raw Food Debate!
Most people cook meat before eating it - not only because we like the taste, but because heating meat to a safe
internal temperature kills possible contaminants such as E. coli bacteria.
Veterinarian Anthony Carr, associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary
Internal Medicine and board-certified with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, has a special
interest in diseases transmitted from animals to humans. He points out that there always is contamination in a
percentage of animal carcasses.
Stephanie Nadeau, president of the Maine-based raw pet food company Wild Kitty Cat Food adds: "I use [in my cat
food] the same chicken you see in the store: organic, free-range whole chickens.... But it's very hard to make a raw
poultry product that doesn't have Salmonella in it." But Naseau doesn't feel the trace amounts of pathogens pose
much of a threat.
"If you feed a cat Salmonella, it kills 98 percent of it before it comes out the other end," she says. " As soon as the
stuff touches its mouth, a process starts.
Nadeau is referring to an enzyme in cat saliva called lysozyme, which attacks bacteria as it enters the mouth. From
there, any remaining contaminants enter the animal's extremely short and acidic intestinal tract. Any pathogens
surviving the acid bath have little time to latch on before ejection.
Between the cat's natural cleansing system and its rapid metabolism, the chances of developing Salmonella,
toxoplasmosis and other ailments associated with raw food are slim. But that didn't stop the Food and Drug
Administration from releasing a statement in February of 2007 warning customers that Nadeau's Wild Kitty Food
contained Salmonella. Their concern, however, wasn't as much for cats as it was for their human companions:
"Salmonella can cause serious illnesses in small children, frail or elderly people, and people and pets with weakened
immune systems," the document stated.
"It takes a very small amount of Salmonella to get a human infected," Carr says. Animals can adapt to it, he
explains, but they'll shed it. "We have cultured Salmonella from a cat's mouth, ears and nose," he says, which
makes transfer to humans possible.
Cats pass Salmonella and other bacteria through their bowels, so humans can come into contact with it when
cleaning litterboxes. The FDA and raw food critics are concerned about these indirect modes of transmission.
Humans have been handling raw meat for thousands of years. Washing hands after handling is, by now, a
fundamental principle, whether the meat has been fed to the cat or cooked for dinner. But how can people protect
themselves if their raw-fed cats want to nuzzle and have salmonella coming from their noses?
Cooking Up Controversy
In response to the FDA warning last year, Nadeau instituted a new High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP)
technology, developed by Avure Technologies, in Kent, Washington. The process essentially kills bacteria by
crushing it. "It makes the meat sterile but doesn't affect the nutrients," Nadeau says. More commercial raw cat food
companies are implementing HPP, though the technology still is years away from common use.
For anyone implementing a raw food diet, it is crucial to clean the cat's food area regularly and to clean all counters
and other surfaces that come into contact with the raw meat during feeding. Use rubber gloves when cleaning the
litter box, and always wash your hands after touching your cat, whether it's just a quick pat or an extended cuddle
The raw food offers nutritional benefits for your cat, but proper execution requires commitment and dedication. Like
all decisions affecting your cat's health, switching to raw food should not be done without careful consideration
because, unlike other decisions affecting your cat's health, raw food can affect your health, too!!
Handle With Care
I personally do not use a raw diet: my reasons are below!
1. I have been a breeder for 30 years and through experience I have tried it all except for the raw diet.
2. Every company is trying to promote their product, so they can make a sale.
3. I know of many Sphynx that lived beyond 20 years on premium cat food with so called fillers in it. So what does that tell
4. I had pet buyers call me because they bought a kitten from a breeder that fed them the raw diet, which made it difficult
for the new pet owner wanting to feed their kitten just premium cat food. Many kitten owners that purchased a kitten fed
a raw diet, had a difficult time getting them to eat premium cat food after being used to a raw diet. I bought a breeder that
was fed a raw diet and the transition was stressful for her. I was very concerned because of her weight loss. I also had to
treat her for Salmonella poisoning. When the test came back, it was confirmed.
This is the monkey side: see pictures below!
You will get a small bag "starter kit of Royal Canin kitten food."
A booklet containing a guide to kitten care, training, nutrition,
health care, first aid information and your pets immunization
records for you to keep track of. You will be provided a plastic
folder with the breeders card information attached to it, so you
can keep all your important documents for further references.
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