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Sphynx Cats: What You Should Know Before You Buy One

Updated on April 15, 2015

The Hairless Cat

I own three Sphynx cats and am a huge fan of the breed. They are friendly, energetic, and playful pets. They're good with children and other animals, and, despite their strange appearance, they make warm and adorable cuddle buddies. However, many people don't know what they're getting into when they decide to get a Sphynx, which ironically need more care than most cats because of their hairlessness.

Before you decide to buy your hairless companion, make sure you do your research! These cats are incredibly loving, and will greet you at the door and sleep on your lap, but they also need a lot of companionship and regular grooming, which makes them higher maintenance than most cat breeds.

Kinsey the Blue Sphynx, hanging out on his cat tree.
Kinsey the Blue Sphynx, hanging out on his cat tree. | Source

Sphynx Cat Care

If you have a Sphynx, be prepared to groom it at least once a week. "What?" You say, "But it's hairless, why does it need grooming?" In fact, Sphynxes groom themselves as often as regular cats, but since they don't have enough fur to absorb the oil secreted by their skin or their saliva, grooming leaves a sticky, sometimes crusty residue of oil, sweat, and spit on their skin. Think of them in the same way you would think of a baby. It's hairless, close to the ground, not designed to clean itself, and has special needs.

Bathing

A Sphynx cat needs a bath at least once a week, and preferably in a medicated pet shampoo like Malaseb to ensure any bacteria or other nasties are killed during the bath. Most cats of this breed have been acclimated to regular baths by their breeder, which you can see in all the cat videos of hairless kitties happily playing in the bath. However, sometimes a Sphynx will retain its cat instincts and really dislike getting wet. Make sure your breeder has worked at acclimatising your kitten to a regular bath, and continue regular bathing to reinforce the habit. Special rewards during and after will help.

Even with the bathing, your new friend may leave marks on furniture, sheets and your fluffy white towels just out of the drier if they sleep there for any length of time. This is because of their oily sweat glands, which can cause reddish brown oil to build up on their skin. Regular bathing will help, but it will not keep the cats from sweating, so if you cannot deal with the occasional oily brown sweat stain, this may not be the cat for you.

Ear Cleaning

Sphynxes have no hair in their ear canals, which means dirt and debris collects in their ears more easily. They also produce copious amounts of dark earwax that is quite unsightly and can stain furniture and clothes. This wax will block the ear canal if left uncleaned. Be prepared to clean the gunk out of their ears with a cotton swab and some ear cleaner a couple of times a week. I won't lie to you, it is quite disgusting. If you are totally grossed out by the thought, then do not buy a hairless cat .

Nail Clipping

If you choose to trim your cat's nails, do so directly after its bath when the nails will be softer and easier to cut. Make sure to only trim the sharp ends and not the more sensitive pink part of the claws (called the "quick"). You can trim nails with any sharp nail clipper, and make sure to clean your cat's toes in the bath, as residue can sometimes build up!

Temperament

Sphynx cats are among the most loving and friendly cats. If you want a cat who will sleep on your lap while you watch TV, snuggle up with you at night, and greet you at the door after work, this breed will not disappoint. They are gentle, easygoing, and good with kids, dogs, and other cats.

The flip side of all that friendliness is that they need companionship. This breed does not like being left alone, and they have a desperate need for attention. If you get one, you need to be able to return all the affection and love it gives you. If you aren't a very affectionate pet-owner, you'd be better off getting a more independent, stand-offish cat, like a Siamese.

If you are leaving the house for long periods of time, your Sphynx's heart is going to break. Unless you have a companion for it, it is going to become depressed. If you don't have other friendly animals it can interact with and you know you'll be out of the house often, then you should either buy two or get a Sphynx and another, less high-maintenance cat as a companion. If you get both cats as kittens and they grow up together, they will certainly become best friends.

A pair of Sphynx brothers.
A pair of Sphynx brothers. | Source

The Need for Heat

When was the last time you ran around the house naked? In countries that have cold winters, your power bill will need to rise as a Sphynx needs to be warm all of the time (not just when humans are in the house). If you don't leave the heaters on, then you will need to purchase a heated cat igloo or make sure they have a warm bed with pillows that gets plenty of sun.

If you look through pictures on the Internet you are bound to find some of a Sphynx dressed in a warm jumper or t-shirt. Be careful when putting clothing on your new friend! Some cats are fine with it and appreciate the warmth, but many become confused and unhappy if you try to dress them. They might tip over, freeze in one place like a statue, or become withdrawn. If you decide to get your buddy a sweater, pay attention to how it is behaving and make sure it is okay with the change. If it doesn't like wearing clothing, you'll just have to make sure there are warm spots available for it to sleep.

Sphynx cats will want to sleep in warm places, like under the covers or on the radiator.
Sphynx cats will want to sleep in warm places, like under the covers or on the radiator. | Source

Toilet Habits

Lastly, you must be able to love your hairless companion even when they:

  • don't cover their poop in the kitty litter
  • their poop smells like the worst thing you have ever smelled and now you have visitors at the door
  • they have trodden on their soft poop and cuddled up to you in front of the guests, leaving poopy marks all over you
  • let an eyewatering fart go when you are cuddling them in front of the guests and explaining how gorgeous they are as a breed

If you cannot even contemplate being able to do those things then do not buy a Sphynx.

But if you can, then welcome to the most loyal, gentle, and affectionate breed in the cat family!

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      Iraj Gardner 4 weeks ago

      I now have two Sphynx cats, along with a Siamese and a Domestic Shorthair. I've had the Sphynx for about 4 years. They came from different places, one from a breeder and one rescued from an abusive household. My other one, Mitsou, is as sweet as pie, very cuddly and affectionate.

      Speaking of bathing, I do not recommend you bathe a Sphynx unless they are visibly dirty. The author stated that many are used to baths. This is untrue. They don't like baths any more than a cat with hair, this is instinctive for all cats. A wet, struggling Sphynx is very difficult to handle, especially when covered in soap. They don't "get used to" baths just because they're bathed more than other breeds. Overbathing dries out the skin and antibacterial soaps are the worst for that. It also depletes the skin's natural bacteria which help to protect it from infections. And do you really want your cat licking and ingesting disinfectant chemicals, or absorbing them through their thin skin? Use the mildest shampoo you can find if you must bathe your Sphynx. Better yet, use mild unscented baby wipes to spot clean dirty areas as opposed to dunking the whole cat in water. Facial wrinkles and eyes must be cleaned daily as well, otherwise they'll quickly get infected.

      One thing to be aware of is the teeth. Many Sphynx lack tooth enamel, or have very little enamel. It's a side effect of the hairless gene. You can tell by looking at the teeth, if they look brown or grey there's no enamel. This leaves them open to decay and bad breath, so it's imperative that you keep an eye on their teeth and gums, as untreated tooth or gum infection WILL lead to kidney failure and death. There's a good chance you'll have to have their teeth pulled by the time they're 5-7 years old. I recommend that if your cat has no enamel they should be fed wet food - NOT kibble. Kibble will wear their teeth down in no time. Contrary to pet food company hype, kibble does not clean teeth, it only wears them down and leaves a thick layer of sticky plaque behind.

      Dressing a Sphynx is a dumb idea because it's unsafe for the cat. They try to groom themselves through the fabric, because their skin is irritated by the fabric they groom even more. Their barbed tongues pull fibers and threads from the clothing and they swallow it, leading to surgery for bowel blockages. Clothing also catches on things, and they can suffocate if they get hung on something or panic and twist the clothing around their necks. If you want your Sphynx to be warm, all they need is a few blankets around the house. They are experts at tunneling under a blanket if they feel cold. They can also find other heat sources like a heater or a sunny window.

      Re personality. They are like stubborn little monkeys, experts at finding things to get into and destroy. Once they fixate on something, the ONLY way to keep them away from it is to take it out of reach or put up a barrier. I've had to attach big pieces of cardboard to the sides of my fridge and dishwasher because they were getting up and knocking things down at night, breaking things and making a mess. You will need baby latches for cupboard doors otherwise they get in and throw the contents onto the floor. Any appliance with buttons located on the top must have a guard installed over the buttons (I duct tape a small box over them). They can even rip down plants hung from ceiling hooks. Plus, everywhere they go they leave a mess of gunky brown footprints.

      Think twice about getting a Sphynx if you have smaller pets or fish tanks. They are masters at breaking into cages, knocking lids off of fish tanks, or sitting on them and harassing the occupants by sticking paws in through the bars and swatting the sides of the cage. Because of their stubbornness, they WILL. NOT. STOP. until they break that cage open. I've tried booby traps and spraying the miscreants with water - they ignore the booby traps and wait until you're gone to attack the cages again. I have bird cages which must now be hung on hooks on the wall, close to the ceiling. I left a ladder folded and propped on the wall near a cage, they climbed the ladder in the middle of the night and tore the cage off the wall. Ironically, my Sphynx get along fine with my guinea pigs and rabbits. They hang out in the cages and share the hay with the animals.

      Sphynx are very affectionate - often too much! They decide how they show affection. At the same time each evening, Yoko climbs up onto my left shoulder and starts licking my ear. Trouble is, she drools when feeling affectionate, so it gets annoying really fast. She focuses her rough licking on one spot until it bleeds (if I let her). The claws digging into my shoulder don't help. Mitsou climbs all over my body, with a radar in her paws that helps her to locate the most painful and sensitive spots. She whips her hard little tail from side to side, hitting my eyes and face. She tries to climb up my chest to tuck herself under my chin for a cuddle (her idiot breeder taught her this habit as a baby) and in the process she digs claws into tender areas. If she's pushed away she comes right back, many times. Until I had Sphynx, I've never had a cat whose affections were painful or annoying, but this is something to consider if you are thinking of getting one.

      Overall, I love my Sphynx cats but I'm not sure if I'd want another one. They are lovely and interesting cats, but is all the extra hassle, dead small pets, mess, stench, flesh wounds and breakage really worth it?

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      Lut 4 weeks ago

      I have 2 hairless cats for 9 years. My daughter has one I have from an Russian breeder. I love the breed but you have to make sure you can make lots of time for them. They need human contact and want to be involved in what you do. The bathing and the greasy spots are a fact ,but they are sooo awesome. My cats love routine. They know when I come home ,when I get up etc. I think that the most important thing to know for people who consider buying a hairless cat is that there is allot of maintenance !!!! But so worth it !!

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      5 weeks ago

      Can you tell me where could find a reputable breeder that wont be selling and inbred cat or one that's infected with the feline herpes. I was told that all sphynx have the herpes virus

      :(

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      Pamela Rayon 5 weeks ago

      Thank you reading about the Spinks cat and watching the videos was great I still want to Spinks cat thank you very much for all the information but was wondering how long what day Spinks cat live just recently lost my cat she was 21 years old

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      Barbara 6 weeks ago

      These cats look creepy. I wouldn't be able to sleep..Sorry

      not my type of animal...They look almost human.

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      Bibi von Sternberg 2 months ago

      I adore these cats but have a black cat that could unwillingly hurt the naked skin.

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      Camila 4 months ago

      I really want one and all i need is 270 dollars left to get one!

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      Gina 4 months ago

      Thank you for this very informative overview of owning a shpynx. We are about to get our first and I was very lucky that the breeder happens to be a very good friend of mine who is a responsible one, she not only told me exactly almost word for word what this said but, told me to do all the research I could and let her know in a week if I still wanted one. I had been a professional groomer for 8 years so the high maintenance and knowledge of bathing ect. Was no problem. Needless to say we get our little beauty on the 4th of July!!! We will be staying home and sound proofing our room as much as possible from neighboring fire works , and cuddling all night with her and her big brother, Murphy the toy poodle.

      Thanks again.

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      Yesenia213i 5 months ago

      Where I can find one

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      VERONICA 5 months ago

      This has been very helpful and educational, I have been wanting this kind of cat but I`m rarely home because of my job and I don't want my buddy to get heart broken cause I`m not home just that alone breaks my heart.

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      Sam 6 months ago

      Sphynx cats are the most disgusting creatures on this planet (:

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      Cool 6 months ago

      I am having a sphinx cat in a month and you helped very much thank you

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      Baby ariel 7 months ago

      Thank you for giving really good information about sphnx cats.

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      Someone 7 months ago

      That 2 percent that got a sphinx and hate it are going to burn in hell.

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      animal lover :3 7 months ago

      thnx for the advice! tbh i think Sphynx's are really adorable :p

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      Arlene 9 months ago

      We have had a Sphynx for 15 years and love this breed. We were never able to bathe the cat ourselves so she had to go to the groomers, but most groomers generously note that it only takes them a few minutes to do the job and don't charge much more than $25 (and that was Manhattan). The ears and nails were also taken care of at the groomers. The stains are based on the oiliness of the cat and ours has gone through many phases, including a very greesy adolescence where weekly baths were a must. Now that she is older once a month is fine. We never put clothes on our cat, but always made a nice nest in her favorite place near a heat source. Never ever let her nest area go below 70 and that's with lots of blankets!

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      Multicatkid 9 months ago

      Thank you. And actually I like this breed more then others now knowing that if I get it I'll be really helping it. And it'll return my affection

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      Debbie Lemay 10 months ago

      The only thing that you do not tell people is how to tell if it is a true sphynx or a fax. The ease I bring it up is there are people that shave cats and sell them as sphynx.

      This has happened twice in Alberta Canada.

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      Verruca Salt 10 months ago

      Siamese are not stand offish mine is a loving chatty companion. Plus he doesn't require high maintenance.

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      Candice 11 months ago

      I want a sphinx! Although I have a Siamese adult female! Should I do it?! HELP!!

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      Ando 11 months ago

      I have a Burmese boy and a female Sphynx. My Sphynx is totally aloof and only seeks attention when it wants something. So much so that we feel like it is an un domesticated cat. Our Burmese is loving, super affectionate and loyal. I really don't believe the "friendliest" cat label for Sphynx and suggest this was more of a fashionable answer to the survey. The Sphynx in my experience is an interesting cat, but most definitely not friendly. Energetic definitely. But very very aloof. I actually regret buying her given the ridiculous price tag. If you want the worlds friendliest and most affectionate cat breed, buy a Burmese.

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      Seth 12 months ago

      I have a 7-year-old Bengal female cat with high temperament that needed a companion, so decided to get her a hairless buddy just last autumn.

      He is the cutest thing I know, loving, cuddling, sociable, etc but yes... his toilet is disgusting and apparently has been having a number of health issues since the day we first got him...

      so so stressful and sad as I am so attached to him now and it's hurting my heart to see him suffer...

      The vets keep telling me that it's the breed that has a very low immune system although I have never read anything similar from other sphynx owners and I can say that I research a lot.

      Thought it would be a good idea if I shared my experience with the breed as the only things I could find about sphynx cats are the good things everyone is loving them about.

      In regards to grooming though, it really depends on your Sphynx genes and how much oil they produce. Some are fine with a couple times a month but mine definitely needs once a week (every 5 days or so) as he completely changes colour from the oil he produces.

      I'd recommend that you ask your breeder A LOT of questions before you decide that it's the right one for you... If I'd ever got a kitten again I'd ask them to show me the medical history of the parents - not kidding!! :(

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      Mia 12 months ago

      I have a question:

      Does the oily residue come off of furniture, or does it stain forever?

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      kitty 13 months ago

      what can a sphynx interact with because i have a turtle and she is very lonely

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      cat lover 13 months ago

      i read your tips and now im really scared about the poop . What should i do about the poop stains.I NEED HELP!!!

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      Lola 14 months ago

      This is a well intentioned article-- more of a cautionary tale as the author clearly loves her cat, but I guess not written well enough or thoroughly enough to be really effective either way.

      I have two Sphynx (we call them rat cats in this house!) and a few things:

      -no need to bathe every week. A few times a month is fine. You do need to clip and clean nails and ears/eyes once a week. I clean faces every few days.

      Mine are on a raw diet and have no waste odor issues whatsoever.

      They are extremely inquisitive, smart, needy...the list goes on. Be the kind of person who likes to play with your cat a lot. They will return the love tenfold.

      Mine have light colored beds which after a few weeks you can see slight grease stains, but, that's it...pop it in the wash and no big deal.

      Do much more research than this article before buying a Sphynx (and I would HIGHLY recommend getting two due to their attachment issues - even then they still miss you when you're out!) but if, like me, you fell in love and knew you'd be willing to do anything to have these amazing cats in your life, by all means go for it. The love, joy, silliness and companionship is unrivaled with any other pet I've had and I genuinely can't imagine my life without them now.

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      Dan 14 months ago

      A great article , my Sphynx is v smelly and disgusting but I don't mind nobody is perfect after all. I had to laugh at the Siamese comment though as a lifelong owner of Siamese cats I can assure you they are not standoffish and do everything the Sphynx does just with hair.

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      KristinAlyse 17 months ago

      I was just gifted an amazing little male Sphynx. He's 10 months old and I'm so excited to read all the information and care requirements! I'm looking forward to welcoming him to our family.

      My question is twofold-

      One: I have 2 one year old cats (one male one female and both are fixed); will there be an issue adjusting for long since he's not fixed?

      Two: I haven't decided if I should offer him for breeding. I don't know where to look or where to start looking or if he will become more aggressive if he breeds. I've always spayed/neutered cats before.

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      Mercedes 17 months ago

      I a male and female can they have kittin they are siblings

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      Julia 19 months ago

      I am allergic to pet hair but I've always loved cats, I have been doing my research about the Sphynx cat and despite all the information I have collected, I still want to get it. There is just one thing, I am not home all the times, I am usually out of the house all day long and only come home at the end of the day during weekdays, should I still get one?

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      Triumphfreak 20 months ago

      Sphynx are amazing family members one thing not mentioned here is Sphynx have a propensity for a genetic trait called HCM or hypretrophic cardio miopothopy a disease which effects the heart there are usually no outward signs of the disease other than sudden death we lost our first Sphynx to it at the age of 5 which was heart breaking as I discribe these cats as part dog part cat part monkey and part child and a hole lot more doing regular heart screening with veterinary cardiologist can help prevent possible problems

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      Johnny 22 months ago

      In between weekly baths we used flushable baby wipes to wipe oil/dirt build up on his skin. If you like your house clean of sand litter use "yesterdays news" cat litter, it's recycled news paper in the shape of cylinder pellets, no mess, I even flushed the poop down the toilet. Easy to care for, no fur balls on floor or furniture.

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      Rusana 23 months ago

      Thank you very much,for sharing your knowledge about the Sphinx cats,I really wanted one but your post make me think about it :)

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      Nomoresneezes 2 years ago

      The cats are around $1500

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      Justme 2 years ago

      I can't seem to find any rescues in northeast Indiana. Anyone?

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      CATFYHKWERHG 2 years ago

      How much are these cats?

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      Haired sphynx!! 2 years ago

      Several months ago, I rescued the cutest ugliest haired sphynx kitten from a local shelter. They thought she had some sort of skin condition, but it turns out she's just genetically mutated. Her frame and features are those of a sphynx. Her underside is completely bald, her tail is a wispy rat tail, and her topside, head and limbs are sparsely covered in long wispy silky white hair (with much wrinkly pink skin proudly showing through!). I have never seen a creature as beautiful as this, and she takes my breath away everytime she walks into a room. She has no undercoat and does not shed, but she is high maintenance. I have 3 regular hairy cats (two DSH and one Turkish Angora), and can attest to the fact that the sphynx requires more maintenance than the other three combined. Everything the author said describes my kitty to a tee, except that she doesn't leave the brown marks, probably because of her little bits of hair. She tolerates her weekly baths very well, loves her heated blanket, and is quite fond of wearing pretty dresses and sweaters. Despite the goopy ears, stinky chronic diarrhea, poopy footprints, daily eye boogers, biting habit, and propensity to wake me throughout the night yowling and demanding attention, I have not for a single moment regretted adopting this kitten. I look forward to many many years (I hope) of bathing, scooping, wiping, cleaning, clipping, swabbing, grooming, petting, holding, snuggling, loving, smiling and laughing. My sphynxy brings me unprecedented joy and I will be forever grateful to whoever dropped this awesome animal at the shelter for me to discover. I have been blessed! If you do not have the time or do not want to spend the time caring for an animal, do not get a sphynx. In fact, do not get any animal. Pet ownership, much like parenthood, is a big commitment and is not for everyone.

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      David 2 years ago

      I love my Don Sphynx - bought to placate my kids - and I never even liked cats - is my absolute love - truly my buddy - everything you read about their personalities - 100% true - mine doesn't get that waxy build up and I only bathe him once every 2-3 weeks - his butt gets kinda stinky, not sure if that's w every cat as this is the 1st I've had - and it's not bc I bathe him only every 2-3 weeks - not sure what the ruckus is about this article - it's fair and I didn't wet myself bc of the warning attitude. Great, great cat - just like article mentioned, if I could do it over I'd have gotten 2 of them so they could keep each other company. Hard to explain how wherever the family is, Tobias Gremlin just moseys over and hangs out w us - he shares a kitchen chair w my youngest, not disturbing, just hanging out. The article is fine. The cat is even better.

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      Anna Powell 2 years ago

      I've wanted a Sphynx for so long, not only because their appearance is beautiful and captivating, but because they do seem like such affectionate, loving cats. I am highly hesitant at getting one due to where I live, but I feel like I will get one when I get older and have a steady enough income to afford taking the best care of it possible.

      Thank you so much for this article, it's something I probably wouldn't be prepared for until I found my perfect companion and I would've thought the poor furless baby was sick!

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      Amanda 2 years ago

      This is so over sensitive. Cats are low maintenance animals. This makes it sound like you're trying to care for an aircraft, it's a cat people. Take care of it as you would a normal cat with some additional bathing and it will be fine. Really cats trim their own nails (trees, scratching posts, etc.) I mean they did live just fine before human intervention.

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      Trisha 2 years ago

      Sorry for the typos in my above post... I type too fast. The baby wipes comment I wrote I meant for cleaning your sphynx nails.

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      Trisha 2 years ago

      Sophia - if you will toss a towel in te dryer for a minute te wrap your Sphynx in it she won't fidget or try to get away. Hold her close in the towel and only pull out one paw at a time. My girl loves nail time. I just use baby wipes to clean gets then a pedi - paw to cut them. Just be careful. They work better than clipping and less pressure to nails. I've had my girl for seven years. She will learn wit the litter box. To keep the litter and all from tracking through the house I bought a 4 ft bath "very shaggy" bath mat to put under her litter box door. Then once a week I take it outside and shake it off. Then watch it every 2 weeks. She will Lear the the dragging her tail and feet through te box. Mine was doing that and one I got her a large litter box she stopped whe she was young and scooping the litter box 2x a day helps greatly! Every morning and night. I've alwas own sphynx and I won't ever own a different breed. They are so precious and very affectionate and curious! She's like a little kid and gets into everything lol. Even if I go to the restroom she follows me. my girl doesn't like the sweaters. She falls over and turns into a log lol.during winter make sure you keep unfolded blankeys in random spots. On the couch, your made bed etc. Oh one thing that should have been mentioned: most Sphyn like body heat and LOVE to sleep under your blankets at night cuddled up as close as possible to you. Gotta love to have that bed cuddle buddy!!

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      josie 2 years ago

      Awe, everything you said is so very true. I have 2 Sphynx and I love them too pieces. Not a cat for just anyone, but for a selected few that are willing to love them as they are.

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      Jennifer 2 years ago

      Honestly, I read this "article" before I got my Sphynx and I'm glad I didn't let it dissuade me. This is an opinion piece, people. Not every Sphynx will be as "bad" sounding as this makes it out to be.

      The only thing on this list that applied to mine is he's not fond of bath time. Otherwise he wears clothes with zero issues (btw there are other reasons to put a sweater on them than to "dress them like dolls" help them stay warm? keep the sun off them? The list goes on).

      The maintenance things aren't a big deal - claw, eye, and ear cleaning take 5-10 minutes, tops (also claw trimming is something ALL cats need, not just Sphynxes). Bathing depends on the individual cat, most probably don't need a weekly bath, and actually more frequent baths are worse for their skin. Mine doesn't leave brown/oily marks anywhere.

      This should really be called "Things to consider before getting a Sphynx" with a note that not all Sphynx cats are oily, sh***y monsters O.o.

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      2 years ago

      best cat

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      Sphynx lover 2 years ago

      I have 2 Sphynx cats. The youngest, 1 year, is using the litter all the time, however, he also uses the floor...a LOT! And, he urinates on anything that is left on the floor. HELP! What do I do? I have no carpets, and even my decorative bed pillows that have to go on the floor at night are ruined (as of this morning). Anyone have any tips? My whole family is ready to give this cat up, even the kids. And, he is a very lovable, playful, fun cat. We love him! But, we are all so exhausted from picking up his awful messes!

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      Sophia 2 years ago

      While I appreciate anyone trying to discourage people from getting any breed of animal just for the novelty of it, only to later realize that once the novelty wears off they're more work that they anticipated, I don't necessarily agree with the majority of this article. I have a sphynx kitten, and while I've only had her for about a month (she's 3 months now), she's been great.

      She actually loves wearing clothes since they keep her warm. I don't get her weird frilly things, but right now she wears this almost sort of red fleece cap dress thing and it's very cozy. She also likes bathes, or at least tolerates them. As long as I groom her while she's sleepy, it's super easy to clip her nails and clean her ears. I deep clean her ears every once and a while but a couple times a week I take literally 30 seconds and quick clean her ears.

      Really the only frustrating issue I've had with her is the litter box, for sure! She seems clueless on how to use it. She digs holes and then doesn't poop in them, then she steps in the poop and drags her tail in it. It's like she has the instinct to bury it but really has no idea how. She tracks poops and litter all over the house. I attributed it to the fact that maybe she was taken away from her mom before she really learned how, not that she's a sphynx. I figure shell learn eventually.

      Anyway, at first when I got her I was constantly bathing her and grooming her and cleaning out her ears and eyes, and rubbing her with oil to get the grime off, but now I've eased up on the obsessive cleaning and she still seems very clean. Maybe I got lucky but her skin never gets oil or gross, the worst that happens is she gets a tiny bit of grime in the thigh pits and neck but it's almost invisible and doesn't get on anything (I have an all white bed).

      So all in all, yes, higher maintenance than a normal cat, but way lower maintenance than a dog. Sphynxes are great cats so if you like having something to dote on and baby, then a sphynx might be the perfect breed for you. She honestly just seems like any other kitten and the issues I have are just normal kitten problems. Anyway, hope this helps!

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      Caroline Qualls 2 years ago

      they have trodden on their soft poop and cuddled up to you in front of the guests, leaving poopy marks all over you....really???? All others im ok with...

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      rhonda 2 years ago

      I have a year old pink sphinx named 'Hairy".... He is my first sphinx, and I wouldn't trade him for the world, he is worth all the fuss !!!!

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      JT 2 years ago

      My male Sphynx is the best cat I have ever been with....you don't own a cat, they bless you with their presense and love. He is like a child lol. We have a soft fuzzy blanket on every bed and sofa in the home, and he hops up and looks at us until we wrap him up just right. He doesn't mind his weekly bath or nail trimming, but does fuss about getting his ears cleaned, and he is STRONG! Lol. He meets me at the door each day when I get home, and is always at my feet, or on my lap if eating or watching tv. Yes, he is very demanding, requires upkeep often but, whatever love we have shown him he has returned it to our family ten fold! I think of him as one of our kids. I have had mutts, Siamese, many Persians, Maine Coon and Russian Blue, but even as sweet as our Persians are, our Sphynx is far more sociable and loving.

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      susan williams 2 years ago

      I've really been considering a sphynx, however, after reading this, maybe I'll just admire them on YouTube and stick with my siamese.

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      Irritated reader 2 years ago

      Your opinions can be rude while helpful and informational you do not need to insult someone who is just looking to find a loving let for their home. Turning people away from the breed is not the way to go my friend. If you're willing to insult people who view cat topics differently than you do not shame on us. Shame on you.

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      Tricia 2 years ago

      I baby sit my cousins sphnx cats and he only has them eat raw organic meat such as raw grass fed beef, ground organic turkey And now ground rabbit. Everything is raw. There kitty box never stinks up my house. . They use feline pine Which is pine pelets and honestly I would say its the best cat liter ever. They have a box called clevercat which has a lid with a hole on top. Honestly I would tell anybody who owns a cat to feed them the same who can afford too but use the pine pellet litter Too. i'm very surprised that I cant smell "cat" when I walk in my house. There kitty box is even In my main stairway /entrance. They are very needy cats who need lots of attention and love. Make sure they have a friend if their alone even if its a dog they get along with.

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      Hannah 2 years ago

      Are you serious? All cats are designed to clean themselves, and if they do not cover their poop after using the litter box, it is not because of the breed of the cat, but rather you failed to train them correctly as kittens.

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      Lance 2 years ago

      Sphynx are awesome! I have always wanted one and took on the commitment, what I think should be taken away from your article is that if you pay what I gave for mine from a reputable breeder, and mine is show quality, then you should take care of it as such. On another note, my little guy loves his shirts and does not change his personality at all. Thanks for the article though I enjoyed reading it.

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      Tara 2 years ago

      I Wanted A Sphynx Cat But Never Mind, I Am Not A Big Fan Of A Dirty And Unsanitized Home

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      Stacie L 2 years ago

      I am surprised how many non HP members are commenting...it really touched a nerve.

      Some Sphynx cats are being decorated with tattoos to bolster their owners self esteem..like a vanity plate?

      I wrote about the cruelty being inflicted upon these misunderstood felines and hope this obsession will soon be outlawed.

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      2 years ago

      I am the mommy of 2 Siamese LOVEABLE and not standoffish cats, just like some people do not know about Sphynx cats some apparently also do not know about Siamese.

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      Doug L Clement 2 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I thought about getting one as a novelty...and because I love cats...But reading this changed my mind. Oh, and declawing your cat is inhumane and you shouldn't own any cat if that's your answer.

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      Jack 2 years ago

      Thank you for the well-written and thorough article! I was surprised that you did not cover dental work, or maybe you did, and I glossed over it at 3AM. Sensitive needs diet worked on diarrhea issues, but yes, those farts can be a room clearer. Still love our rescue Sphynx, and Stinky Moony will be a "For Life" pet.

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      Maria 2 years ago

      Thanks for your comments, I thought it would be a good fit for me but no. As for the Siamese being standoffish, let me tell you that you could be farther from the truth. I grew up with Siamese my first part had been taught to use the toilet and flush, blew our minds. Standoffish the Siamese were the most loving and affection giving cats. Only thing you have to show who's Alpha, but they are great watch cats.

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      alibeg 2 years ago

      one question... how they survive in wild ? :D

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      Cody 2 years ago

      Not to be rude or anything, but you need to change the title of this page. The title say why you shouldn't buy one. But through this whole page, I see nothing saying why people shouldn't buy them, only why you should think before you do. Next time, please reword the title a bit differently. Thanks.

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      Cheryl 2 years ago

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      Thid article is 100 % accurate. However the part about wiping sphynx eyes everyday was not mentioed. I have two--a brother and sister. They just turned 8. They are a lot of work but you will never find a more loving or affectionate cat on earth and I have had cats for over 50 years.

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      kathleen 2 years ago

      I have a sphinx girl she is like a granddaughter has her nails clipped everyweek she has a bath and her bottom wiped all the time her ears cleaned on a very regular basis plus her eyes cleaned every day. She is spotless ....has the most loving nature and purrs as soon as I pick her up and carry her around in my arms. She eats kangaroo meat, gourmet tins of cat food and zd cat dry food her farts are not smelly at all. In fact I have ordered a friend for her another Sphynx due to arrive home in January 2015.

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      Bethany 2 years ago

      It doesn't matter what breed of cat you have, if it's poop is that bad smelling you have it on a terrible diet. Probably a dry kibble I'm guessing. If you improve your pets diet that will help with poop, skin and ears. I think that is the underlying issue here not the breed it's self.

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      Susan 3 years ago

      Wow, please don't worry about comments on your "negative" article. Americans cannot tolerate the blunt truth about anything these days, particularly their kids. You are not obliged to be politically correct about the realities of owning this breed. You are doing people a favor not couching things with extra cushion. And you are doing the right thing by this breed by being honest about their issues. You are effectively saving cats' lives. And readers, for god's sake, toughen up and don't take everything so personally. It's not about you and your feelings.

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      Margaret 3 years ago

      hi. Thank you for taking the time to share your information. It is obvious you have a great deal of love for your cats and want to assure others think before bringing a Sphinx into their home. It might be helpful to share your information in a positive tone. I felt that the tone was harsh and scolding. I understand the rationale, I just think your important message would be better heeded if it had a more gentle, positive touch.

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      gstylz4all 3 years ago

      You hit it on the NOSE!! I have 4 , 2boys and 2girls. They are my babies

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      A. 3 years ago

      I think you're ignorant and rude. All my cats have been declawed not because im to lazy to trim their nails, but because i don't want them to scartch everything. Over opinionated people like you drive me crazy. Get a life other then writing ridiculous articles online. Thanks.

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      Johna279 3 years ago

      Enjoyed studying this, very good stuff, regards . A man may learn wisdom even from a foe. by Aristophanes. ceadcbagbfdk

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      Stephanie 3 years ago

      So glad I saw this. I ways they would be neat to have but with a house full of kids definatly don't have the time for one.

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      Mickey's Pop, Micky G 3 years ago

      There is nothing like a sphinx!!! They are not a lot of work. Bath takes 5 minutes, make sure you use warm water, and sit back and enjoy the show. Most folks are taken back by the alien like appearance when they first encounter a sphynx , but they only need spend one day alone with this incredible pet to fall in love. The best care advice I can give is when you are cleaning their ears , try not to put to touch the ear with your hand as it is easy to clog their pores and lead to a hematoma which after lanced will deform their ear. I speak from experience although he is just as handsome as ever.

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      gracie edwards 3 years ago

      Guys really DON'T GET ONE IF YOU HAVE ALLERGIES. I have allergies and so does my dad ( i also have asthma ) before i was born my mom and dad got a cat ( he knew he was alrerady allgergic ) so he had to move to the garage and he almost died that was his worst enemy and he and horses he can get sick from them from a mile away and my eyes get watery i cant see i get ichy and sneeze sore throat and guess what happen a worst night mare a crazy cat lady got avicted and theres like millions of cats in our neighborhood haha i got rid f my cat allergies but sadly my dad didn't -_- i one time pet a cat 2 minutes later i went to the movies and i couldn't see and left my jacket

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      Lauren Sabino 3 years ago

      What do you mean by brown marks?

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      Jess 3 years ago

      I agree with most of this, except a few things. My cat loves water, sweaters and does not get greasy. Maybe its because of frequent baths but ive never noticed any spots on furniture or my bed. Also she is declawed and by mMY choice. She was destroying everything and chewing off her soft caps. She did great with the surgery no pain and was fine right after. No bleeding like the horror pics. Yes i see it as kinda cruel, by the methods they use but i also see all my nice stuff getting destroyed as cruel as well. I don't care of others opinions on that issue. My cat is 100% healthy, walks fine and is super happy. It did not affect her in the least. Maybe about as much as being cut open and having her female organs cut out. Im not pro declawing but i think its a situational thing. I guess every owner/cat is diff. But they are great cats and not really any harder than a normal cat. Very beautiful:)

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      Spinyxstinks 3 years ago

      Thank you for your article. I definitely will not be purchasing one now, haha. I do not mean this offensively, but they are completely different from what I had initially pictured and not something I would be interested in owning at all. I only wish more people would read and see this information before they go out and purchase a Spinyx. Thank you again.

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      vicky 3 years ago

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      Jordan 3 years ago

      I have had a sphinx cat for 2 years and never had any problem at all. I do clean her up but she does a very good job of it on her own. Her poop does smell bad but she does cover it. never left grease marks on anything. The more you bath them, The more oil they produce. She is the best cat I have ever had and will never not have one! Love her!

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      Atlantis CATS@ 3 years ago

      Great information. You might want to look into the Peterbald breed. They are not greasy and are more like a hairless oriental cat. The Sphynx had too many health issues for me to consider them (plus the grease). The ear problem on your sphynx might be solved by using an ear cleaner called "EPI OTIC". It will get rid of that black gunk (as I think that might be yeast in the ears). Just a few drops for 10 days and it will help. Thank you again for your post!

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      Maxine 3 years ago

      Thank you for a very informative post! (though i can only assume you have never owned a Siamese, they are anything but standoffish to their owner/pet (aka us), only standoffish to the interlopers in their lives! Siamese's loyalty can be quite dog like! (in a good way!) :) Keep up the good work!

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      Tasha 3 years ago

      I have never owned a sphynx and would certainly love to especially a Bambino. As far as the farts i have a cat and a kitten WITH fur that farts and believe me its like a dog fart but not as bad. its what you feed them i think lol. but maybe its different with Bambino's and Sphynxs lol .

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      kathy 3 years ago

      I have owned and bred sphynx since 2006 and used to bathe mine every week. This only created more grease so after two years I tried a different approach: not to bathe them anymore. It took a while, but their skin is now perfectly in balance. I wipe dirty spots (especially on Sphynx with white skin, and under tails) with a wet wipe, and once in a while I rub some coconut oil in their skin, and wipe that off with a clean towel. It takes away dirt and leaves the skin nourished. Bathing weekly, no matter what product you use, only dries out the skin.

      Soft and smelly stools are alas not really a part of the breed but a result of back yard breeders doling out sick/infected cats and kittens. Try Royal Canin Light. It turns the stools into firm sausages, if not there is something wrong. Could be anything really from worms to parasites to the result of wrong food. My Sphynx have always covered their poop. But you do need to keep the litter tray clean, like with any other animal. No one likes the smell of a dirty toilet. I never put clothes on my Sphynx. They have plenty fleece blankets available that they snuggle under. They are cats, not human babies. Although I agree that they are special and have a wonderful temperament, they are still cats ;)

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      Stephanie Varga 3 years ago

      We have a Sphynx (not our first): ours wears clothes to keep it warm, not to dress like a doll, his name was changed from Zilly to Poopcat via our 4 year old as the info listed above is accurate. They are highly inbred & lose teeth early. Very affectionate and comforted our family dog when ill and does the same for our children. However, to the childless people that compare owning an animal to having a baby--you may are obviously ignorant and shouldn't be allowed to have either a pet or a child. Seriously! How do you compare a human baby to a pet?!? Last time I checked, if I would leave a 6 month old baby at home for alone 8 hours and have it poop in a box and eat off the floor, it's frowned upon.

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      Alienore 3 years ago

      You are wrong in many things, first the special cares you said they need is not onley for sphynx cats is for almost all the cats and you must bathe him /her every 15 days not every week, I have 2 sphynxes and 3 normal cats and for me is simpler to take care of sphynx cats than normal cats for many reasons first NO hairballs second you don't need to Bush their hair and third give them a bath is easier!

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      CHo Meir 3 years ago

      I know you posted this years ago, but what you say still rings very true today. I am often trying to talk people out of purchasing Sphynx cats (I have one naked boy and two Cornish Rex) because I can tell jut from a short conversation most people are oblivious to their care and upkeep and are just not prepared for the experience.

      I wouldn't give up my baby for anything. I've long since learned to live with the quirks and behaviors (especially the poop stuff) and now find the things that creep out my friends very enduring (passing gas at just the right moment to make me laugh). They are great cats.

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      Dylan 3 years ago

      Last year I was considering buying a sphynx. I read this article and gave it some serious thought and decided that I was certain I could handle all of these problems. I bought one for my birthday in May and absolutely fell in love. I decided to get her a friend and bought another in September. I have to say these two have been the best additions in to my life, worth every penny, and every mess.

      All of these things have been true for me. My little girl hardly covers her poop, which is always soft. She can never seem not to step in it and take it everywhere with her, including my bed. Her backside never stays clean without assistance.

      They both need bathed weekly and abhor water. All of my lights have been stained by them (its more of an orangey color however, btw to the person who asked, it is naturally occurring oil that without hair to absorb it just sits on the skin) They hate their claws being clipped, which grow very quickly. Copious amounts of ear wax. And are always starved for more love.

      I would not trade them or any of their quirks for the world though. They are my children, and they have every ounce of my love.

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      LS Luke 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      I DO HAVE ONE QUESTION. One of her eyes is draining more than other, the eye is not swallen, she doesn't shut the eye etc, but it seems there is more drainage from it. I don't want to seem like an overactive parent, but I don't want to neglect it either. I was wondering, if that might be a normal thing for this breed. Could you please answer at your earliest opportunity??? thank you :)

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      Sarah 3 years ago

      Everyones experiences with a breed can be different. My sphynx covers his poop and pee in litter like you wouldn't believe. I have had guests laugh at how long he is in the litter box just making sure everything is perfectly covered. Your cat also won't step in their poop if you have the appropriate sized litter box and keep a good amount of litter in there as well. My sphynx has only stepped in his poop when I made the mistake of not putting enough litter in.

      He also loves wearing his t-shirt...I keep my house very warm but if I notice he feels a little cooler than usual the shirt goes on - he has no problem with it what so ever.

      My sphynx does not need to be bathed every week. The breeder I purchased him from said the same thing. Once every two weeks is fine and it is not something that takes a great deal of time. Brown spots have never been left behind.

      If you get them used to it early, cleaning the ears and clipping the nails shouldn't take more than 15 minutes of your time. Trimming the nails is nice because I've noticed that he'll scratch the furniture but won't snag the material.

      Yes, sphynx love attention. But leaving any cat (or dog) alone for great periods of time isn't healthy.

      I think this article could really turn people off to the breed. As I stated earlier, all breeds are different. But my sphynx has brought nothing but great joy into my life and I wouldn't trade him for any other cat. He doesn't scratch or bite people, and he is always friendly.

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      evita 3 years ago

      sorry but im gonna have to say you are completely wrong!!!

      i had two sphynx cats for 8 years now and i think all you said is overreacted. Ear cleaning and nail clipping only takes 10 mins and its not hard to do that onece in two weeks bathing you don't need to bath them every week.

      And Sphynx cats are very intelligent they don't scratch or eat stuff at home.

      they are friendly creatures they interact everyone they don't bite they don't his at people they are just a joy in your house so stop hating on Sphynx cats because you don't like them

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      Helen 3 years ago

      My girl is 11 months old and I have just got another one that is 3yrs old and loving them both yes they do have a high maintains if u want no marks on anything nails and ears have to be done I do all three at the same time so once or twice a week they have a bath but my 11month old one will come from a shower with me so yes if u have one they will be your best mate but having two they are partner and get into things together and don't show you as much affection

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      Sphynxlover 3 years ago

      I own a sphynx and most of the above mentioned things are untrue. When researching this article almost kept me from getting one, but I wouldn't trade my kitty back for the world. This article is more opinion based than anything. How about some facts next time ;]

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      peggy 3 years ago

      i own a female and i love her to death. she hates water takes her clothes off and is one crazy kitty. best mney i ever spent.

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      Vince 3 years ago

      I just finished reading your article, and really enjoyed it, thank you. You can see some fun cat books at fun2readbooks.com where you can also hear the cat stories for the same price as a paperback book, and they are fun to listen to.

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      cori 3 years ago

      Everything I've read on the internet about Sphynx cats has had the same information this article contained. The only thing I have not heard of is the brown marks that they leave. I am curious of to what they are, if someone could explain it would be greatly appreciated!

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      susie 3 years ago

      You were very detailed about the information of a hairless cat, wich I did find helpul. However there was a lot of negativity as well. I feel like if you are a responsible person ready to take care of an animal like that.then there is no problem on taking care of an animal with more needs than usual. I do recommend research before getting an animal like this, but with much love, patient, and carefulness. They are perfect!

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      Tami 3 years ago

      Your post is spot on ! I have 2 sphynx kitties (6.5yo male and a 1.5yo female) and while they have MANY MANY positive qualities, the breed is not for everyone. They are very personable and loving, outgoing and playful BUT they do need A LOT of attention. Their poop is probably the worst smelling thing I've ever dealt with and have tried many options to try making them less smelly to no avail. They get oily and the longer they go without a bath, the more "brown spots" you'll get. They do NOT love baths, my little one is ok with them but my male is a freak of nature when it comes to bath time.. They are an amazing breed and I wouldn't want anything else but if you're not committed to giving LOADS of attention and love, do not go with this breed. They are so far from a normal cat, which I've had all my life, but if you're looking for a constant companion and don't mind the extra grooming work, they are amazing!!

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      Erin 3 years ago

      I got a good laugh! I am a new owner of a sphynx cat that I adopted from a lady who wasn't prepared to care for her. The poop part is definitely true! I am greeted by the strongest poop smell imaginable if she goes while I'm away...

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      Jennifer 3 years ago

      We have a Sphynx and love him to pieces. He loves to sleep right next to me (under the covers) all night, sit on my lap, any time I sit down, and yes, he does leave brown sweat marks on my white shirt most of the time. (I know better than to wear white these days). But he can also be a demon. He loves to chew, sharpen his claws on me, hates more than a 3 minute bath (which as any owner knows is an impossible time limit), and has an extremely picky appetite. I wouldn't trade him for the world though. Seriously, this is not your typical pet let alone cat. This article has it right in saying, if you cannot tolerate the things mentioned, don't get one of these cats.

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      siamese_sphynx 4 years ago

      Thanks for your article, I think you made some great points, and gave great advice!! Although I must disagree with the Siamese comment. I have been a Siamese lover and owner for years and they are very much just like Sphynx cats just with fur :) Which is why I have never just had one, always in pairs or 3's because they are that social, and seek companionship constantly. I don't know but call it luck if you disagree. I also own a Sphynx and he is completely amazing. I have all boys and they love eachother to death! As a matter of fact Sphynx cats did derive from a Siamese that was bred into the beginning of when this breed was first bred. Check out the history it's quite interesting....thus why Sphynx cats are very much like Siamese cats :) except without hair! Just remember these are tendencies and temperments, and personalities can differ from cat to cat. Do your research on any breed you are interested and only bring a kitty home from a responsible and reputable breeder! Can't stress enough ......Do your research and every breed has it's hallmarks like Sphynx and heart issues.....ie..... Once again for the most part this article was pretty good and the part about the "not covering the poop" Siamese do it too, cats have a tendency to do it more if you don't stay on top of the litter box, you gotta keep it clean!!! This can prevent urinary tract infections and other illnesses as well! Treat your pet like your child with the responsibility and love it deserves!!