Sphynx Cats: What You Should Know Before You Buy One

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.


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!


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!

Do You Have a Sphynx?

  • Yes, and I love it!
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  • No, and now I'm never getting one.
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Comments 187 comments

Aleks 6 years ago

thank you very much for being the first person on the internet that takes pet ownership seriously. you painted a truly honest picture of the sphynx cat. the good qualities and the not so great ones too :) . i think that many people that are exploring the breed as a possibility (including myself) will find it truly helpful.

Heather 6 years ago

As a roommate, but not owner, of a Sphynx Cat I truly appreciate your honesty in describing the breed. We really love our cuddly, silly, smelly, oily little guy. But so many people out there just don't understand the special needs of this breed and often buy one as a status pet. I'm glad if even a few people read this and make an informed decision. It will lead to a few less unhappy Sphynx owners and a few more happy, healthy Sphynx Cats.

danielle 6 years ago

i love sphynx cats and kittens

Kaitlyn 6 years ago

honest and insightful.. best article i have read on this subject! all the best to you and your beautiful cats! :)

Miami mommy 6 years ago

wow!!!! thnk you soooo much for this!! I have been lookig into the sphyx breed for a couple of months now and thought that I had been informed of everything! Definitely need to re-think my purchase on this beautiful breed. Although sad, very glad that I did not get into something that I could not end up handeling. Thanks again.

Evonne 6 years ago

I'm sorry but I feel you paint a very bleak picture of owning one of the most person like animals I have ever known. I am a cat person, my great avunt had over 100 on her farm of different breeds.

Maybe it is the breeder I got mine from but he is amazing! so loving and wonderful! And as long as I don't feed him strange stuff he is fine with his poop. He goes a lot and I scoop the box everyday but that's ok too me. As for brown marks smuges and other yuck, don't have it. He like the water, talks to me while I take my bath and is fine when I bath him and clean his ears. The nail thing was a surprize because they seem to grow so fast but that is the only thing I worry about. I get a bit scared cutting his nails. We love him and will get him a sibling as soon as we can. I think the breeder makes a difference ours spent lots of time with her kittens.

Bobby 6 years ago

I have to agree with everything the writer said here. I own a female and a male sphynx. I love them to death. But they are work to keep up.

1. Since they don't have fur on their toes they drag kitty litter all over the house between their toes

2 Their bottoms always look dirty.

3.They leave grease spots in the bed and on furniture where they lay.

4. If you have a male expect people to ask you what are those things hanging? This one cracks me up

5. People ask me how often I shave my cat. LOL

I have owned many breeds but not one breed has been half as entertaining, loving, and amusing as these two.

Nathan C. 5 years ago

It's great to see such honesty about Sphynx cats. In my opinion only, a Sphynx is nothing short of a dog that uses a litter box. Ours is a great companion, happy to see you when you get home from work, LOVES to play fetch, and will snuggle up with you no matter the situation. For me, I can easily preform this maintenance in return for such love and affection.

I had to laugh when you mentioned the eye-watering farts part as hes done that a few times, and as I write, I do believe I'm going to have to go clean the litter box! The smell is wafting. But I wouldn't trade a Sphynx for the world!

yyycks 5 years ago

Love the idea of owning one of these beautiful animals. but have been hesitant for many reasons. Thank you so much for your advice. It has allowed me to realize I probably do not need to be an owner no matter how much I am intrigued by their appearance.

baldpussylover!!!! 5 years ago

I own a sphynx cat, and they are the best! they are very friendly, ok the do need washed, ears and nails done. They are worth it!

tina 5 years ago

I have 1 sphynx male cat and can honestly say that the information you have provided is totally accurate !! All you describe fits my little baby perfectly. I wouldn't be without him though for the world, hes adorable. There is information out there as you suggest but this is the most accurate i have seen. Thank you .

jessee 5 years ago

really appreciate this honest post. especially since so many people are so happy-go-lucky about getting new pets when they're not truly committed to caring for it completely.

Jacquelyn 5 years ago

Thank you for the great article! I am a proud owner of 2 sphynx. And, people have seen my cats and suddenly get interested in purchasing one and I always scare them away with all of the responsibility! People DO NOT understand how this breed is like a child in many ways. I wouldn't trade mine for the world

carol 4 years ago

I also have 3 sphynx cats 2 that I purchased and one that rescued.They are alot of work, but more than worth it. I love my cats, even with the dirty sheets.So heed the warning and think about another pet if your not willing to sacafice.

Stacey 4 years ago

I have a handsome stinky sweaty non covering poopy sphynx cat and hes the best pet ever loving sweet and a great companion yesss like a child hes s good boy

Joanne 4 years ago

Great article! I am the happy owner of two bald babies. MILO a four year old black and white male,and RUBY a one year old pure white little girl. Although they are harder work than most people think,they are the most loving, loyal and funny little creatures. At 6mths old, I almost lost Milo to a serious birth defect and consider myself the luckiest girl in the world that he survived! He is such a strong and brave boy, and everyday he and Ruby show me so much love and make me laugh! Sphinx cats are truly amazing and special!

Ann 4 years ago

After having "cats" all of our lives, we were fortunate enough to be blessed with a 2 yr old female Sphynx about a month ago. She is the sweetest, most loving cuddly child, and such a joy! Yes, she is more high maintenance, but the return is so worth it. She loves everyone in the family, and I can't wait to get in bed at night because I know she is going to come snuggle up next to us. I can't see ever adopting any other animal...we have spoiled her and she has spoiled us in return!

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City

A person does have to be responsible and dedicated to own a Sphynx cat, with all the care that they need. A cat looks different without fur. Altering a cat like delclawing it doesn't seem natural at all, obviously because of the cat being born with claws of course. Great advice.

4 years ago

Super article! My mum has one and cares for him like for a baby, poop and all! Sleeps with her every night.

I have to add one thing tho. If you are allergic to cats, dogs etc, then you might suffer even more with a Sphynx! Remember that most people are allergic to the dander and not the fur and because they're hairless, there will even more of it!

So in short, unlike some speculation that they do not cause allergies, they do and much worse.

soupie 4 years ago

Sorry but I think they're ugly. They're part of humankind's obsession with reshaping nature into something we desire rather than let it be. I love cats but I wouldn't have one of these.

Chris 4 years ago

Soupie- you need to spend some time with one. I am a sphynx breeder and can honestly tell you- every single kitten I have sold has been totally sweet and dog-like. If you like dogs, but don't want the hair and taking them outside all day- than a sphynx is for you! They WANT to be with you- even when you go to the bathroom! For people who are all by themselves at home all day- you couldn't ask for a better companion! Every bit of effort you have to put up with is so unbelievably worth it! They love you like no other animal!

bob 4 years ago

Soupie - you obviously have never met a sphynx or you wouldn't be saying such a sad, generalised comment. everyone that i know who had any doubts about my two has left my house with a smile on their face, completely won around by the wonderful, individual personalities that my sphynx have. the sphynx hairless strain occurs naturally and i'm of the understanding that many breeders use F1 cats (hairy cats that carry the sphynx gene) to keep the lines strong. these are amazing animals. they are like cats, only better. The breed as a whole are more affectionate than regular cats and while they may look a little odd, after a while you don't notice. ,my friend has 5 regular cats which i think look weird. they have whiskers and everything....... my advice would be to meet a sphynx. if you can still say that you think they're ugly then fair doos but if you like cats at all i reckon you'll be won over too like i was :)

Morbiid 4 years ago

I don't understand why people are saying such rude things to the author of this article. She was not trying to tell the reader about the Sphynx cats positive points, but merley aproach the Sphynx cats more negitave side because a lot of owners and breeders only like to talk about the good. Usually because they love there pet so much the negitave seems to slip there mind when they are bragging. She even stated at the end how amazing the Sphynx cat breed is.

And yes, as it is well known the sphynx breed is more likely than the "average" house cat to enjoy bath time. Don't make a blanket statement because you own a Sphynx cat that enjoys bath time, that all Sphynx cats do. Also Sphynx cats are prone to having smelly, and non-solid poop. They are also prone to not covering there poop in the box. So just because your Sphynx cat has normal poop, and covers it every time does not mean all sphynx cats do. The Author was just saying be prepared in case this happens, because it is very common with the breed. Hey you can easily luck out :)

There are a few things they did annoy myself about the article though. Most cats do not enjoy wearing sweaters, and yes they are also for the owners enjoyment but they do help retain body heat. My sphynx only wears sweaters in the winter because they do help keep him warm. Also I have no idea what the auther is talking about when they reffer to "the cat leaving brown marks where ever it goes" Yes Sphynx cats get dirty very easily, and are more greasy than most cats however if you bathe your cat regularly and give him/her sponge baths almost daily you will not have that propblem unless the cat has an actual skin condition.... wich Sphynx cats are prone to lol.

It's all about commitment.

Anyway there is plent of information out there about how amazing Sphyhnx cats are, and yes they are human-monkey-dog creatures. I will never own another cat breed. This article did bring attention to some of the more truthful negitave about the breed though.

Nat 4 years ago

I own male sphynx cat...i found the article very interesting extremely helpful for people who are thinking about buying a sphynx cat.

I know that this is not a rule my cat wears clothes, we once tried it at first he didn't like it and as soon as he realised how warm he felt in the clothes he started to request it. He cannon even go to sleep without his favourite t-shirt...which is strange

Also a little note: if you hate the smell of the toilet do not change the sand too often. On the package it is said that one package is enough for cat for the whole month...but our cat toilet is in our bathroom so the smell was not really nice.

We decided to change the sand every week and guess what...if we do not change it every week simply by not having time he poops in the flower pot in the hallway so that whole house would smell like his poop...

What can i say? they are really smart creatures...but we still love them

bunny 4 years ago

hi, I have just recently rescued a sphynx cat.She is a black and white.I researched them for a year before i even started looking. Had intended to buy one from a breeder that has high standards and friendly kittys like most of you describe the breed. Bunny however is not a friendly kitty. She is very grumpy.Bunny has been declawed at some point in her life.When she is picked up and rubbed she will bite you if you get to close to her backend or tummy.

I was told by someone that declawing her, is why she is grumpy. I do not know if that is true.

I have never had a declawed cat.I think it is inhumane.I though maybe its because she is female. I know that some female cats aren't as lovey as males, sometimes. She does not like to be picked up at all. Bunny likes to be under the covers all the time. She comes out to eat, go potty and right back to sleeping. She hates water and is not pleasant in the bath. Has anyone had a female sphynx like this.I have taken her to a vet .She is very healthy. She came to me fixed,declawed and up to date on shots. She was given to the lady who gave her to me. I do not know how many homes she has had but i am her last. She is now in her forever home.We love her even if she is grumpy.For the love of Bunny, someone send me some hope that she will become trusting.That someone has had a kitty like her. Thanks, for listening.Bunny's Mom

Elena 4 years ago

Thanks for the info!

luke 4 years ago

This is great and I agree with most of it. So here is my problem, I LOVE MY SPHYNXY and can't imagine not having her around. However all of the sudden and after 3 years with her, I was diagnosed with chronic sinus infection and I'm allergic to cats. WTF!!!??? I'm shocked but lets just say that I would take root canal on daily bases over this chronic sinus b.s. and allergy. I was on steroids for two months, largest dose of antibiotics and anything and everything u can buy from pharmacy. Advil cold n sinus from pharmacist and sinus rinse work best, however I'm still in pain. Can bathing her often help or any suggestions u may hqve will be appreciated. People may think it is silly but this animal grew on me so much, I'm shocked to develop allergy to her... one thing is for sure, she isn't going anywhere. Please email me if u can thx ;)

Sharon in Ohio 4 years ago

I've had my Sphynx for a little over one month now. I've always had house cats, for the last 25 years, and currently have one haired cat who is 12 yrs old. I bought my sphynx to be a companion to my older cat, not knowing how energetic the sphynx is, or that much about the sphynx.

I can honestly say that after having my Sphynx for just a few days, I knew that I would never have another 'haired' cat again.

I don't care if I have to bath him once or even twice a week if needed, clean out the skin between his toes twice a week, and clean out his ears twice a week. Yes, he does leave smudge marks on my white bathrobe, which he loves to sleep in. so, I just gave him the bath robe and bought myself a new one. My Sphynx is well worth any extra maintenance required.

My Sphynx was well trained and came from a great cattery where he was handled daily, and loved.

About the smelly poop - feed your cats raw. Yes, Raw Meat. Poop doesn't stink when your cat eats raw. Did God provide dry food to our cats before they were domesticated and adopted into homes? NO - when we domesticated cats that is when we created dry food to feed them.

The idea might sound disgusting, I was disgusted at first too. But it is true - no stinky poop with a raw meat diet.

Julie 4 years ago

My husband and I have just recently adopted a Sphynx cat and have given him his forever home. We are now in love with the breed!! I Don't think we will ever go back to any other breed again. Yes they are more work, but we don't have to clean hair off of everything anymore and our cats personality is so outgoing. He likes to meet and greet everyone and he loves to snuggle. His bowel movements are completely normal and do not smell anymore then a regular cat (he covers them too which is nice). We do not feed him anything that has grain in it (so only very high quality foods) and only freeze dried fish and liver treats (100% natural). Their stomachs are very sensitive and with a very strict and proper diet they will do much better.

Karen elsoudani 4 years ago

Hi all you sphynxs lovers, I have had my boy for 6 months, yes the maintance is high for these incredible cats, but they are such a wonderful companion if you have only one bewear leaving them alone is not a good idea, my boy gets aggressive when I come home he's very strong and has inflicted some deep bits. I am collecting another boy so he has company and hopefully will stop attacing me. Still a wonderful breed.

sphynxlover 4 years ago

nteresting comments. Of course, as a breeder I am always interested in what affects the breed. As I started to read this article, I have to admit, I immediately bristled. The furr on the back of my neck stood up. I calmed myself and continued to read the rest with an open mind. While I understand where this person was somewhat coming from, I had to conclude that the delivery was cold and callused and if this had been one of my pet owners, I would most likely be contacting her to see if she was having second thoughts about owning sphynx cats and telling her I would be most happy to take them back. Seriously. No pet should be considered "maintenance free"... what is she thinking? Consider the Persian or the Maine Coon. They do not require "weekly" maintenance, they require DAILY maintenance. If you don't,,,, they require a trip to the groomer to have the matted hair removed or completely shaved. Not to mention the ongoing trips to the vet to treat them for hairballs that can go on to cause potentially fatal bowel obstructions. Persians are rated as the number one most popular breed. Maine Coons are number 3. Sphynx number 5. And lets not forget to mention about the excessive hair that needs to be removed from furniture and clothing on a daily basis with this long haired breed. All in order to own a cat that, for the most part, is simply ornamental. They do not interact with humans, except when its feeding time. Oh, and the mention of sphynx with litter between their toes... LOL.... every see how much litter gets stuck to a long haired cats toes and furr? And I get cold much quicker than my sphynx do. There is no truth to sphynx needing a heated cat bed. That is just nonsense. Or need to wear clothing. Lets face it.... we all love to see them in those adorable outfits and I agree some are OK with wearing them and actually stay warm, but to be honest, I don't dress any of mine except for fun occasions, and none of them are cold without the clothes,

sphynxlover 4 years ago

Bunny, don't give up on your new girl. Being a rescue could have a lot to do with her personality at this time. Being declawed, spayed and moved from home to home, with possible neglect or abuse in some of those homes, is a full plate to cope with. That could change with lots of love and reassurance. Sphynx are very sensitive and this girl may have gone through some really tuff situations before you got her. Including the declawing. It could be she was not well socialized as a kitten, then went to a home that didn't spend the time with her that she needed. Being passed from home to home has not given her the safe, secure, loving environment she needed and she has now shut down and just copes by sleeping all day. It could take her months or nearly a year to change. She needs stability and needs to know you are her forever home, and she is not going to be moving again soon. That will most likely just take time. She may have some scar tissue around her spay incision that causes her discomfort, so she is protective of that area. Hopefully that will eventually clear up or at least not be as painful. Many cats of all breeds are protective of their tail and the back end tail area. I had a DSH (barn cat) that hated anyone messing with his tail, or even near it. He would bite also.

Brandon 4 years ago

It's a shame that such a loving and wonderful cat can be so much work to take care of. Definitely not your typical cat as far as care. Thank you for this very accurate painting of the joys and burdens of having a sphynx. Unfortunately, we already have one since a month ago and love him to death, but wish I had read your article before getting him.

Thank you.

Julie 4 years ago

Ive had my Bella for 10 years, she's now 12. The breeder did not give me the understanding you need to take care if a sphynx; the initial 2 years with working with my vet I got her health and trust to a childlike attachment. 8 years later I learnt an additional lesson about their total attachment; Bella would get so stressed by me leaving overnight for work (I did have a career in the home with her) that, and later I would discover that the herpes virus would have been passed on by her mother, well due to the stress, it triggered the herpies virus which started killed her cornea. After a successful operation she thankfully didn't loose her sight, but she now travels everywhere with me when staying away; this is somewhat tricky when attempting to sneak her in to some hotels!

She deals with my routine of going to work etc but if I'm late she will be extra dirty from starting to stress; but if I pop back before going out she copes much better.

When going overseas she now stays at a friends house but makes quite sure she shows her absolute disgust and feeling of betrayal when she arrives home; that first time was absolutely dreadful, she treated me like a stranger. The second time is coming up and I pray this time is easier on her and me!

I may not bath her as regularly as I should because she of course carries on as if I'm abusing her, after all these years she still carries on and in fact is getting worse. Don't get me wrong she will sit there; I do not place her in water, I'll use a flannel, but she meow as if I'm hurting her; and of course she lives the stroking as I lather her but she quickly hides any satisfaction. Even after shes cleaned and looks and feels her best, she'll hide just long enough to pull at my strings; amazing aren't they!

A new vet has put me onto Dermoscent Essential 6, so I alternate between this and baths.

Bella had to take on the transition of me having a baby too, my daughter is nearly 7 and it's taken 6 years for them to develop a true attachment; as much as Bella can in any case, I'm her number 1 and my daughter still gets jealous!

So how about the continued marks; I've always thought it from their scratching, can you give any guidance on this?

and OMG that was funny re their very stinky poo! I always know when Bella has done one, firstly she races away, and shortly after the smell permeates the house! I always thought she was smellier then any other lol

I don't use a q-tip for her ears, that makes me a little netvousr, I use cotton balls with paw gentle ear cleaner.

I'm noticing shes getting age spots; the first time a spot appeared I raced her to my vet, this was 10 years ago, the vet assured me it was a freckle lol and now these lighter spots appearing must be age spots, just like I'm getting!

I pray she's with me for many more years to come; it was reported somewhere that a sphynx had been known to live to 38...

What is a typical age? Maybe I'm better off not knowing...

Enjoy your sphynx but be sure you're prepared to commit to them as you would your own child :) and all will be good...

JOHN BAGINSKI 4 years ago

I am well into my 30,s so lets just say IM not a kid. That being said, I have had cats in my house since I was a child and have always loved them. This year 2012, I bought a new kitten [ a sphynx] and I want to say he is the most loving amazing playfull creature Ive ever seen in my life. i will never be without a sphynx from now on!

Lucky 4 years ago

Good article but I do have to say that a lot of this applies to regular cats as well. I foster, and have occasionally done sphynx kitties. However I still often get regular kitties who tread poo across the house or make a mess everywhere. Cleaning ears and cutting nails is a chore most people don't realize applies to all cats. The exception is that they leave hair EVERYWHERE and even medium furred varieties need weekly brushing. A sphynx is hard work but so are most other cats if you care for them properly. It's just easier to see when a sphynx is not being cared for appropriately; trust me, I know.

Eldonna 4 years ago

I have always been a dog person but I fell in love with my groomer's hairless cats. We bought one and life hasn't been the same. Moxie, our kittie, is a combination of human, dog, monkey and cat. She follows me everywhere responds to my commands better than our dogs. She has me wrapped around her little paw! She isn't as much hassle as the author of this article describes...I bathe, clip her nails and clean her ears once a month. I loooooove her!!!

Ellediece 4 years ago

Hi, great article, it is informative. However, Siamese cats are anything but stand -off-ish. They very much like attention, I am aware that it's possible that the odd Siamese cat could be stand-off-ish but it is not what the breed is supposed to be like & I've only ever see attention seeking Siamese cats, I realize this article is about Sphynx, I'm just saying.

Olive 4 years ago

yea the poop stinks, the baths take getting used to, they get whites dirty (comes out with a regular wash for me), and they cry like a baby 24/7.... but despite all that this is still one of the most amazing pets you'll ever own. Really you just have to think of the breed as less of a cat and more of a cat/dog/monkey/parrot.

Sphynx Mom with More Info!!! 4 years ago

You are right on!! I must add that they are VERY prone to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy(HCM) which requires all sphynx cats to have at least yearly echocardiograms by veterinary cardiologists (approximately $400 each time). I don't know for sure that this is an accurate statistic, but I have heard that up to 80% of Sphynx develop HCM, and it is a devastating disease that will cause death by the age of 6yo. I lost a sphynx at the age of 15 months to HCM. Even if breeders screen their Sphynx parents for HCM, this does not, by any means, guarantee that the parents will not develop HCM in later years, and therefore give their offspring the gene. I agree that they are a wonderful breed, but I would never again support their breeding. Instead, to satisfy my want for the breed, I will rescue unwanted Sphynx in the future. Be ready for expensive vet bills, but lots of love!! Further, a raw food diet will greatly decrease the Sphynx oils leading to less baths and no more smelly poops. We are going to be making our own raw food from the recipe on in the future, but currently our cats are eating Nature's Variety - Instinct Raw - Organic Chicken or Duck. I promise, I am NOT a paid advertiser for this brand; I am truly just a VERY VERY happy customer!!! :) Thank you!!

Rain 4 years ago

They are the best cat breed hands down. My Sphynx is so lovely and sweet! She wants to be held all the time, well expect when she is hunting birds, mice and lizards. She is a great hunter! She has free reign of both the house and the yard...and the neighbor's house and yard too! We bath her every Sunday and our teacup chihuahua keeps her ears and eyes clean for us! The dog and cat groom each other all the time! I also apply baby sunscreen to her back and ears in the morning before she goes outside to play. She is white with orange spots and sunburns easily so we have to keep the SPF on her! 4 years ago

yes our sphynx sinbad is alot of work but he is so worth every minute of it and yes these cats want to be with you every minute and when my husband leaves for work every morning he lets out a sad meow like he is so sad and a deep meow like he is crying and lonely i have to calm him down he likes to ride on my shoulders he is the most unique cat i have every had and will always get sphynx cats they are a true blessing yes they are high maintenance nothing compares to have that sweet cat sleeping between me and my husband i tell everyone this is his house we just live here i used to have white and grey carpet but life with my baby sinbad is more important than carpet the love they give is priceless .i also have a sign in my house that says the cat and his staff live here ha ha but it is so true

Timhole 4 years ago

Well done for being totally honest about this breed! Everyone I talk to who is getting one is so misinformed telling me they're so clean etc... -__-

I'd love one but I just don't have the patience or time for one really. I'll just admire from afar and maybe I'll meet a friend with one some day. ^__^

Me 4 years ago

I want one i want one i want one. i have a dog and a hamster. is that gonna be bad? coz................ so yeh. would it like dogs and hamsters?

castiel 4 years ago

i am a 2 year old spyhnx and live with my brother Gabriel we are very looked after and get into quite a bit of bother, chasing each other knocking ornaments off furniture. we have broken a number of household items even breaking a bathroom sink by climbing onto the window and knocking a vase onto the sink. We do get told off but we are quickly forgiven and give our owners a hug. Over the past months me and my brother have grown hair (a fine coating that easily comes off if pulled slighty) so i have to disagree that our breed are completely without hair. we are slighty bonkers but this is part of our nature and can often be found in our owners beds they now have dark bedding so they can't see the stains we leave behind. We are very clever and nearly always get our own way like climbing on our owners at dinner time waiting for a titbit of food. we go a little crazy in the evening when our owners are trying to relax watching telly, me and my brother will bounce off all the furniture. we have a weekly bath and know when this is coming as we near the bathroom, we have a quick clean and sit in front of the fire. We do a lot of sleeping and have many blankets to choose from. there is nothing i like better that snuggling up with my owners and always have a choice if i want to sleep in their bed.we are clever cats and understand if i have been naughty and act all cute, i am glad i have my brother to play with as its not nice being on your own, we sit in the windows and draw a lot of attention many humans think we are cute some think we are aliens but i don't mind its good to be different and we don't get fur balls like the common cats we see in our garden. this is the reason we were wanted for the very reason of who we are!!

AnnaFx 4 years ago

I got mine 4 years ago, and I can assure he is nothing like a regular cat. Sphynx will love you more than any other pet you had before, but in return you have to take a very, very good care of him.

If i going away for few days (he stays home with my boyfriend and our dog, so he isn't alone and taken care of) but it doesn't matter because im not there he would not come even play with my boyfriend. And when Im back he would walk around me for few hours and complain outloud about how unhappy he was.

Another interesting fact about my cat and its true for breed in general, he is tuned to your mood. When i ve been working on computer for too long he just comes and sits on y keyboard and hug me on my neck (sphynx owners will understand what I mean, when they hug you with their paws and rub their forehead against your face)

Faith 4 years ago

After going through cat after cat I couldn't deal with I discovered that I can actually research them and match them to my personality type. Doing so lets me and the cat have a better chance of living together successfully. I'm not the type for a Siamese cat or a Blue Persian or any overly active and overly talkative cat. I needed laid back but likes to be held yet still has a good measure of independence. What I found was a Persian Rag doll Mix. I wanted a cat who was already spayed, about 4 years old, likes to be held and has a history of good litter box usage. Research and patience brought my cat to me. It took a long time for me to learn that cut doesn't mean we can live together. We must match our personality types. Getting a cat just because its cute is irresponsible, and boy I used to be that.

4 years ago

I own a sphinx and mine is nothing like the article besides the stinky poop. She is declawed too so the nail thing isn't a problem. But she is very shy and timid. She doesn't leave grease marks on anything and doesn't like to be held or cuddled. I think this lady is speaking from her own experience but each cat is different and has its own personality. I don't believe telling the negative side of an animal is a good way to get irresponsible people not to buy them. Just stating facts will do that. I understand why she would do it that way but I don't think it's the best way to go about it.

Chelsey 4 years ago

Wow. What a ridiculous article. So bummed that I came across this and completely perplexed. If you own a sphynx and apparently love it so much, why do you have so many negative things to say? I was NEVER a cat person growing up, always had a dog and when I got married, we bought two small dogs of our own. Then I found THE SPHYNX. Such a beautiful and unique creature, but it doesn't stop there! I was also tempted to buy a sphynx because my husband is allergic to cats and thought that a sphynx wouldn't bother him.... As anyone with half a brain knows, THERE IS NO SUCH THNG AS A HYPOALLERGENIC PET. That being said, my husband isn't allergic (for whatever reason), but I digress...

My beautiful baby girl Beatrix is a three year old torti Sphynx and is the absolute love of my life. My husband was even more wary of cats than I was and Bea has him completely wrapped around her little toes.

I have never had, nor heard of, a more self reliant, easy maintenance animal in my life besides the Sphynx. They are extremely smart and with a good breeder need no training whatsoever. My little Bea has never laid a claw to ONE piece of furniture other than her cat scratching post (maybe just luck?) and knew how to use the litter box from day one. We are even able to take her on long road trips (which she absolutely LOVES) and if she needs to go to the bathroom, she will find her litter box in the back and go.

Yes, Sphynxes need special attention in regards to cleaning, but honestly; I bathe her every 2-4 weeks and hardly ever need to clean her ears and she is healthy as a horse. I know because I take my pets to the vet probably more often than most people take any animal. AND: because of the lack of hair in the ears, they literally NEED more ear wax to keep out bacteria and foreign bodies... Same as people! Not to say that if you're sphynx has extra ear wax he/she doesn't have an infection, but it is super easy to distinguish between healthy ears and unhealthy ears. If they are constantly rubbing, scratching at their ears, they probably have an infection, otherwise, wax build up is simply a natural defense. And just like people, cleaning out all the wax constantly creates more problems than if you were to leave them alone entirely!!

She cleans herself and her ears often enough that it doesn't cause problems. And yes, if you live in a white house with plushy white carpet and white bedding, you may get some marks from the oil in their skin. But it's not like their slimy creatures who leave 'snail trails' everywhere they go as you make it seem. Ps- you produce skin oils as well that will leave marks on furniture as do all pets.

I could literally go on for days but bottom line is...

IN MY OPINION, SPHYNXES ARE THE ABSOLUTE BEST COMPANIONS. And I have no idea what your motive must be for deterring people from having such a wonderful experience as being a Sphynx owner, but you should be ashamed of yourself, or at least maybe take a look as to why you, a supposed sphynx lover, are so negative towards this breed and trying to spread such ridiculous information.

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Sphynx Cats 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia Author

After seeing the state of some rescue Sphynxes I think deterrence is the best thing in the world for the breed.

It is gratifying to see that some commenters have decided that a Sphynx would not be for them...instead of breaking a Sphynx's heart by moving it to another home after it has bonded with a new owner. That was the purpose of the article, it is for the breed not for the humans that covet them..

Satire is not easily understood by some it would seem (re removed abusive comments)

ILoveRike, Niko, and Remi 4 years ago

I love all three of my Sphynx Cats!

Kylee 4 years ago

This vid is well..........stupid and funny.????

Amber 4 years ago

umm I gotta great comment for you. If I wanna declaw my cat and dress them up. That's my business not any of yours. Let people do what they want with their animals. and stop the 'shame on yous'. What are you, my mother? And also there are people out there who want to experience owning these cats and don't give a deformed rat's two left cheeks about what you say. sorry if I sound rude but the shame on yous really pissed me off.

Kitteh 4 years ago

I have to agree with Chelsey. It seems like you're exaggerating the "negatives" a lot. My Sphynx doesn't leave brown spots everywhere, and his ear wax doesn't get too out of control. I wouldn't know about the kitty litter thing though because my Sphynx uses the people toilet lol! Either you're exaggerating or you just have extra dirty, oily Sphynx's... Maybe you should change their diet or something...

Kiki 4 years ago

Hi! Gongratulations on your article! You are so right about these breed! Me and my hubby did buy a sphynx cat but first we did a research about them. It is very very irrisponsible not to do that because they are nothing like the other cat's! I have to admit!!! Yes...they have meny need's, yes they have to get special attention...but...they are so so so so loveble!!! We are so in love with our''s like she is our kid. She has responses almost like a dog and she is so humenlike. Yes! sphynx cat are difficult breeds but they are whery precious.

sassyamerican 4 years ago

I have to say that my introduction to the Sphynx cats was not of my choosing and I suffered night and day because of it.. I was living with friends who had two.. They tormented me constantly, everytime I got up to walk, they would leap on my back and hang there, making me scream because it was unexpected. This went on for an eternity. They would attack my hair, head anything visisble. Could not sit down even for a second before they would come after me.. They were like mondeys, not cats. They had no grace like cats... acted like monkeys. And got along with dogs not other cats... and were large. Had to have real fresh raw meat daily which was expensive. If given any dry food at all, their poop stunk up the house.. Could not sleep with my door open ever... they would come in and take over there too... Climbed on bathroom counters, sink, toilet, tub, and left prints... and they were bathed regularly...climbed on fridge, table and counters, also while eating, they would try to get your food off the plate... made me sick.. I hated the way they were.. Chewed up everything in sight.. These were show cats ... taken care of like humans.. treated better than humans,... they were and are nothing but pests.... and I have only mentioned some things..... No company wants them crawling all over them... they may smile, but don't stay long.... neither did I.... couldn't wait to have a normal life again....

Shannon Smith 4 years ago

I own two Sphynx my Bella is one and Lilly is the new baby at 16 weeks. I love this article it's so true. Bella hates when I try to put a sweater on her I did it at first because I got her in the winter and wanted her to be as warm as possible. I lived at the beach in California . Knowing she hated them the second I put it on her I got rid of them. Everyone thinks I'm crazy but I bathe with my babies it makes them more comfortable in the water. There are ear wipes you can get also from the vet they are similar to a baby wipe. Perfect for their ear cleaning. My babies also sleep in my bed on me every night. I think they were taken from their other way to early because the nuzzle my neck as they would their mothers breast. They get along great with all three of my children and my boxer. They are the most amazing and beautiful kitties in the world. I actually had a great vet for my dog but as soon as I took Bella to her first visithecalledher a hairless rat. I found another vet the next day. They are not freaks of nature they are not hairless rats. Infact they do have fur more like peach fuzz. My kitties are just as much my family as my children are. The only thing with Bella is she only wants to be around when she wants to be other wise she wants nothing to do with anyone. Lilly is a lover and wants to be held and in my shirt all day every day and I'm ok with that.

Shannon Smith 4 years ago

I also wanted to add after reading some of the post here declawing a Sphynx is cruel declawing any cat for that matter is inhumane. Anyone who has ever come over says they have the cutest paws. I also don't have the issue with the brown spots as you do. Or maybe I just over look them because I have three children that also make messes. As for the girl who hated the Sphynx cats in the home she shared that's so sad. They really are amazing little babies.

Raven 4 years ago

Declawing a cat in not inhumane. We had our cat declawed because she attacked my baby niece and chased visitors around, clawing at their legs. It got to the point where it was either my cat or company. I decided to have her declawed. She seemed to be in no pain when she came home. Soon she was running around the house again. She is not an outdoor cat, so she is never in that defenseless position against predators. So, declawing is not bad.... -__-

Jhix 4 years ago

I have wanted a sphinx kitty for over 20 years and I am finally in a financial and physical position to get one. I am doing the research to best learn to care for the little one i plan on bringing into my home. I have lost 2 of my 3 cats in the last 2 years to old age and my remaining kitty (an extremely gentle and sweet pixy bob) is obviously lonely and sad. I'm really excited about getting my dream kitty! This article was helpful, its good to know about potential issues with the breed and to know what to expect in respect to grooming and care. I do wish the author had talked about the positives of the breed as well as the negatives, although I recognize the importance of discouraging impulse buys.

Hopefully I will find the perfect kitty to add to my family. I have small children who are surprisingly gentle with our older cat ( they never chase him or bother him, but give gentle hugs and pettings) and I think this is the perfect breed for us.

To the person saying declawing isn't cruel, you are wrong, declawing sucks for the cat. There is no getting around the facts, declawing hurts your kitty and he will never be the same after. However, if your cat is attacking strangers and the other option is having him put to sleep I understand having the procedure done. Furniture is one thing but attacking children is quite another.

izzy nash 4 years ago

Just as ive finished reading this article and all the comments with one of my sphynx babies snuggled in my arms and nudging me every time i try to type my message, As a breeder with 3 queens and 1 stud sphynx in the house,I can only agree with everything this lady has too say about the breed, so many people buy the sphynx breed withput a by or leave to all the commetiment needed to care for the breed properly! but too me this is what makes the sphynx extra special, they love to be loved, cuddled up warm to the touch purring loudly, I feed all my cats and kittens and nursing queens on a raw diet, as close to nature as possible, all my cats eyes are bright skin in the best condition ever no smelly poos, and we have flushing cat genie toilet(check it out on line). Never would i again have a furry cat, the sphynx are the most loving sweet natured beautiful creatures, If you are wanting a lappy cat then this is the breed for you! I use whal no water shampoo, just pump and rub in then buff with a towel, TA DA!!!!! when they are sleepy on your lap use a q tip and ear cleaner, really no hassel, make it part of a fun time then it dosnt become a chore and helps with bonding.


UK Sphynx Fan 4 years ago

Absolute twaddle, have had Sphynx for many many years, a well bred Sphynx kitten doesn't have smelly poo etc etc and Sphynx most certainly do not need a weekly bath, all that does is make them greasier. Too many BYB's on the scene, breeding from cats that should never be bred with = unhealthy kittens which give the breed a bad name. Far better information is available on any of the Sphynx breed clubsites, and yes, it is also written by sphynx owners with many many years of experience behind them.

amie 4 years ago

i think although what u say is true about their care and smelling etc this article isn't written well as an owner of 2 yes they do smell need extra care etc but they are so worth it and i think people need to be educated how amazing these kitties are not put off having them, my cats don't get bathed every week nor do they leave brown staines anywhere and all cats poo smells buy a tray with hood and flap on and u cant smell a thing

Rinata 4 years ago

You may know the Sphynx, but you do not know the Siamese. You stated that the Siamese is standoffish and you couldn't be more wrong!! I have owned many Siamese since I was 11 and not one of them including the two I have now are the least bit standoffish. They follow you every where and as soon as you sit down they assume your lap is open and available for them to sit in, even if your on the pot. They also love to talk to you. The Siamese is the one breed that many of my immediate and extended family owns or has owned. We all love the beauty and the friendliness of the breed. None of my many Siamese ever knew a stranger. They all loved to greet anyone that came to the house. Nope definitely not standoffish!!!!

Cat lady 4 years ago

This article isn't about Siamese cats, dumbass

Hope 4 years ago

This was super helpful! i have been researching this breed and saving up for one. It is good to know that they like companions and also good to know about the warming igloo.

Thank you for this. So excited to get my pair!

iolaus1 4 years ago

I've been researching this breed for at least 2 years because of their unique beauty, they're beautiful to me in that their resemblance to Ancient Egyptian art in the pyramids is amazing wrinkles not withstanding and since I'm a homebody, I'm capable, hopefully, of being a full time mom to at least one Sphynx baby. I'm willing to take on the responsibility at age 53 ;-)

As to the 'eye-watering farts' I've found an incredible and organic remedy for said foul-smelling flatulence.

Go to your nearest vitamin/organic food store and look for chlorophyll tablets -tablets only, 'gelcaps' are mostly oil & worthless- you grind the tablets into powder and mix depending on the cat's size I'd say 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon into soft food to cover it's mild flavor and I guarantee after a week any and all pungent odors, wether they be oral or rectal will be deodorized! This is the absolute truth, I've tried it before in my other pets and it worked every time. It's also a miracle worker on gassy husbands or boyfriends as well! As a bad breath remedy, it's great you'll still have to brush your teeth, but it's a godsend as a -how shall I put it, well an Internal Cleanser/Deodorizer- so to speak.

Currently I have no pets other than my husband and no children. I do have back problems that I'm being treated for so, do I seem like a good candidate for Sphynx cat caregiver/owner? I'd love to get your opinion. Thanks for listening.

Jeannine McArthur

Splashstorm 4 years ago

Do Sphynx really NOT cover their waste?! Wow.. !

Liz 4 years ago

I did not see anything in your article that would deter me from owning a Sphynx. All animals take work, it's just the way it is. I wonder where you got this idea of Siamese being aloof, not so. And I do believe that it's Sphynx, even when plural, like Deer.

Heidi 4 years ago

I have two male's that are completely different. One is obese and the other normal size. They both eat good dry food but I have heard that canned is better for weight control. And one covers his poo and the other doesn't. One is very loving and the other rather be my himself coved with a blanket. But I love the breed even though they are work!!!

Someone Sane 4 years ago

What a BS; the author is describing the disadvantages of cats in general. And about the heat? I live in a warm climate and hairy cats would almost die here...

Leo 4 years ago

As an owner and the significant other of a Sphynx breeder, I'll co-sign everything said here. I love our cats, btw!

Glam 4 years ago

I think what the Author wrote was true. Of course all cats are different. Definitely the stinky poo was on target, but hopefully with what I learned on here from all the replies, the raw meat will fix that up!! ((crossing fingers)). My 6 month old Seal Mink Sphynx "Walter" (Walter Richard Inkles... aka~Wrinkles...) lol he had diarrhea for over a MONTH!!! His little tummy is so sensitive! So again... not covering his very stinky poo and also tracking its wetness through the house has definitely CHALLENGED my husband and I.

We also made the mistake of trying to "Potty Train" him with the Kitty Litter Quitter as a small kitten. This was a BIG mistake because he got so far in the training and was making real progress until the hole for the potty got too big and was so small and not very agile that often fell in then decided he wasn't going to poop there anymore and found a perfectly good place on the shower mat instead!!! Grrrr... He forced us to buy a litter as we were having house guests for 3 weeks and knew we would not be able to give the training full attention. Now he is confused and found the potty in the spare room and decided that that is where he should be peeing even though it was tucked away on a shelf... Arrrg!!!! He now has is own bathroom equipt with the litter for his poop and the potty trainer for his pee.. I get the lovely job of cleaning twice as much after him lol...

The breeders were very kind but had NEVER bathed him so of course he HATES water and will skin you completely when you try to even run a warm damp cloth over him.. Its a two man job to bathe him.

I know declawing sounds cruel and it IS in fact illegal in many countries but we have toyed with the thought of doing it.. What is crueler, removing the toe tips and saving your furniture causing the cat some discomfort for a week or so, OR a life time of yelling at him when he claws something and perhaps punishing him without him completely understanding what he did wrong as it is their instinct to scratch??? It a debate...

Walter has a very bad biting habit. He is still very kitten and we hope this habit will digress as time goes on but he has a VERY strong jaw and even though he is just playing, many times he has almost broken the skin!

He's a HOPPER!! I think sometimes he is part kangaroo! He hops when he is excited... He purrs when he is resting and being pet, or when he is making sweet love to his blanket (Binky). He knows what is prepared in a Kitchen so he either hops up on the bar stool and watches me cook, or he circles my feet and waits for the perfect moment to climb up my leg!!! Note: again, declawing is tempting....

But what a wonderful breed! He sleeps with us at night from the time the lights go out till we get up in the morning.. If we sleep in generously on a weekend, he will follow and do the same. He sings when he is happy and he loves bouncy balls and playing hide and seek.. He is VERY good at hiding... usually when we find him he is asleep... We taught him how to kiss.. When he comes over to me I will ask him for a kiss and he will press him mouth against my cheek and often curl into my arms and stare up at me just like a baby.

My husband and I get a little exhausted sometimes.. and when he had the diarrhea for a month, I just about went insane chasing after him with wet wipes... But like most of you on here.. I agree.. He is worth and I would do it all again...

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Ravyn Karasu 4 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

I've been looking on and off for a few years about sphynx care. I own 3 other cats ["normal" ones] now, but I've been kinda wanting to get a sphynx. The care suggested is a lot of the sort of things I did for my regular cats over the years. I do want to thank Morbiid for the suggestion of daily sponge baths to prevent the greasy staining...though we keep very few things of light color in our home.

It seems a lot of the issues that would be issues can easily be worked around. A chair mat under the litter box may help with some of the poo paws problem...or just a special mat in general. As for the dragging of kitty litter, heck, my 3 cats HAVE fur and they do that all the time. To me, it just seems like more frequent cleanings of the litter box is needed and regular maintenance. There is also the circulation of air using a light fan and open windows. I know this isn't an option for everybody, but I live in Texas and it's almost always hot.

I would have never thought of owning one until a friend [who worked for a vet and opened a kennel] got a kitten as payment for boarding the mama. She named her little bald baby "Fluffy." She had to be the sweetest thing ever. She was like a really big hot peach. The gross factor people get from them is amusing and sad at the same time. I think they feel awesome with that little peachfuzz. But they seem like any other cat.

I do have a question about the Malaseb though. Looking it up, the instructions say it's not meant for cats...but did suggest MalaPet which did say was specifically for cats and dogs [and was cheaper].

Going through the list of requirements to consider, I checked each one off. I know for certain breeds there are special things to consider. I've looked into other breeds, the Savannah and the Egyptian Mau being two others...but the Sphynx just seemed interesting.

I've still not made my ultimate decision yet whether we will go for this breed or simply pick up a shelter kitten, but it's nice to know what sort of maintenance such a breed would entail and what steps to consider if I wanted to bring one home.

Laura 3 years ago

I've had sphynx cats for about 12 years now. Our male is the most affectionate cat I could ever imagine. He is closest with my 17 yr old son who simply adores him. When Chris gets home from school, he just has to call Tytan and he will come running. Tytan loves to climb up on his shoulder and nuzzles with him. They seem to understand each other! I was worried one time when we were going away for a week and my friend came over daily to check on him. She fell in love with him immediately! Yes he does need to be bathed and his ears need cleaning,but thats nothing in exchange for having him around.

Akarm 3 years ago

I just wanna say, Sphynx like baby and I don't think anyone will leave his/her baby without feeding,cleaning, and care. so what's the different between?

Its simple, do you wanna a baby? Yes

So you should car about your baby

kiki 3 years ago

How can a breeder say declawing is inhumans whilst advocating a cat breed without fur.It is a disgrace to beauty of the feline.Cats are not human babies.If you want a dog like cat then buy a dog.A burmese or asian cat has the same extrovert loving nature but at least he looks like a real cat.

keira-n 3 years ago

This is useful, but it's actually pretty much the same information you find on sphynx cats everywhere on the internet. Nothing that's new. And some of what you wrote isn't true for all sphynx cats. They vary, just like any other breed. I hate it when people make them out to be some sort of alien creature. They're just cats - yeah, they might require a bit of a different kind of care, but still cats.

I don't see why what you listed are reasons not to have a sphynx. If someone wants a pet, they should be ready to care for it. This goes for all animals. Sphynx cats simply require a little more attention, but they're adorable little kittens.

Also, in reply to kiki:

I don't see how owning hairless cats and declawing have anything in common. A sphynx is "a real cat" (what did you even mean by that?). And "disgrace to beauty of the feline"? What are you on about? Have you *seen* a sphynx before? They are some of the most beautiful cats I've ever seen! Look up seal point or blue or bi-color ones (any, really). They're absolutely beautiful!

lynneanne 3 years ago

I have a 7 year old spynx female. Her eyes are always filled with mucus, she smuges everything , she stands on me all of the time or will knock things over to get my attention. She frequently has poop on her tail & gets it all over me. Oh yeah, she has aqua blue eyes and is completely beautifully gorgeous. She's my baby.

bandit313 3 years ago

i got a spynx male from a lady who said he was a house cat and found out when i got home he was actually a stud cat who never had lived in a house with people only in a cage. after a week or two off spraying and hiding he finally started coming around spynx are very smart and very much people cats its been almost a year and he's made so much progress but it has been really a battle he is great giving a bath to or cleaning his ears he really don't like kids only adults . but hopefully he will advance to liking kids too one day spynx are for most very beautiful cats and very loving but everything the author said is true just do ur research and be prepared

Svizz 3 years ago

AAAGH bathing is going to make their bodies produce MORE oils! It's NOT a good idea to do that often!!

There is an easier way to manage that I PROMISE. I have been there, and I don't even claim to be an "expert".

If you feed your cat the diet it is SUPPOSED to have (raw meat, meat organs, and fish) you will find the "brown" marks and ear gunk, as well as farts and soft poo will mostly vanish. You will also notice the lack of stench in your litter box.

All of the things mentioned physically in the "downsides" are caused mainly by the crap diets that you buy at the store. Cats, like dogs are NOT omnivores, and all of the grains, glutens, by-products, dyes, scent enhancers, and all around crap, mess with the physiology of the cat.

A Sphynx will still get a bit of ear gunk, and leave some oils behind, no matter what, but I can PROMISE, a REAL diet changes everything!

I once thought that commercial diets were "ok"... thanks to some convincing from my pet sitter that there was nothing but poison in them.. my cats, and my dogs are SOOOO much better.

I can't even TELL you how much easier life is with my Sphynx.

Rebekah 3 years ago

Wow thanks for the great read. I have wanted one for such a long time, but reading this has made me realize I need to put it on hold a little longer. Thanks so much

Pooky999 3 years ago

Thanks you so much for that hillarious but frank article. As an owner of three sphyinx cats I can truly relate. That being said I can not imagine my life without them.

Liz 3 years ago

Glam, declawing isn't just cruel because it takes a painful week or so to heal. Good grief sometimes I am just so disgusted with humans who know so little that they think there is nothing to know. Not only is it painful physically to have a part of your body amputated, but it can create lifelong psychological distress. Of course there are more reasons for them having claws than just scratching your furniture. Cats who have been declawed don't have the muscle tone they should, because it effects the way the body moves and balances and is able to exercise. A cat who has claws uses them in something like a scratching post as resistance to stretch and pull his muscles. Cats are digitigrade which means they walk ON their toes. When you've removed the first digit you've created for them a seriously altered way of walking, which can lead to joint problems in the future. Cats also can end up with litter box problems because while healing they associate the pain in their feet to the box itself because the litter hurts. There are other reasons not to declaw, but maybe you could try educating yourself on the reasons it's best not to mulilate your cat. After all he is a cat and cats have claws.

Dolores 3 years ago

My new sphinx female is 1 year old, a Christmas present from my loving family. Kevia warms my heart and spirit. love your cat extra work no.

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Allison Lindstrom 3 years ago from Council Bluffs, Iowa

So very true. I am the proud owner of a wonderful Sphynx, I did a ton of research on the breed before acquiring him. It makes me nervous everytime I hear someone say they are thinking about getting one after they meet my Slick. I know how much tender loving care this breed needs and 100% agree with what you wrote. Thank you!!

Cuteyptooty 3 years ago

I am so glad to read such an enlightened point of view. These cats are not for everyone. They are expensive to purchase and do require allot of upkeep. I did laugh at the farts part. It is too true. I did change my kitten to another premium food and the farts and "smudge" marks have close to dissappeared. I have a female cat and she rarely has a dirty bottom. Not sure of that comment. She does cover her poops. We have 3 haired cats so perhaps she has learned from them. As long as she is bathed weekly there is no problem with greasy stains anywhere. We live in Canada and our house can be a bit drafty in spots. Roxy does enjoy wearing a sweater on cold days. She is a bit of a diva. I do insist on taking it off at night as she cuddles anyway. She may be an exception in her like of clothing but she does seem to enjoy the warmth and shows off new sweaters to the family. Perhaps she just enjoys the extra attention. They do not slow her down in the least. I would not suggest buying a Sphynx for the sole purpose of dressing them up, but if you have a chilly sphynx who hangs out on the heat registers you may wish to try a sweater from They are made for the Spynx body type. I would suggest the ones with larger arm holes as they don't pull when playing or wrestling.

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A Sphynx Cat Breeder 3 years ago

Talking about the breed in general, some of this information is accurate, like giving them regular baths and cleaning their ears, but some of it is not. If your pets aren't covering their feces, it smells unusually bad, and are having that bad of gastational problems, you should take them to a vet. These are classic signs of FIV (feline infectious peritonitis) and should be recognized and treated immediately. This infection is the leading cause of feline death.

There is a bit more care in Sphynx breeds than others, but just because you're an owner does not mean you are qualified to sum-up what an entire breed is like in general. I haven an adopted Ukranian son, but this doesn't mean I know what all Ukranians are like. Furthermore, from what you have said about your pets, you shouldn't even be an owner at that. Your cat is ill but instead of getting it checked out, you rag about how terrible the breed is on the internet. Thats animal neglect and is against the law. Any potential owners should always check into what the breed is like, but must realize that every cat has a slightly different tempermant. I wish your poor pets the best of luck with you.

captain 3 years ago

I felt you Came off More Rude then honest..

You spent more time glorifying the NEGATIVE aspects of the cat.

meg 3 years ago

This is an informative article, but may be slightly flawed. I have an almost 3 year old Sphynx, and I think she is the greatest cat ever, as well as breed. I will never go back to a fur ball cat breed. She does get bathed about once a week, but is not too oily and can go longer without issue. You should not use q-tips in cats ears because it can effect their inner ear. My vet recommends an ear cleaning solution that is used once a week, and excess fluid is wiped out with cotton balls. Even with regular cleanings, my Sphynx is still prone to ear infections because they make more wax than other breeds due to lack of hair. Also, Mollie LOVES wearing clothes. She acts exactly the same whether she has clothes on or not. None of that stressed out behavior mentioned above, and clothes ARE helpful for the cat (not the person) because they help her stay warm (the same as people wearing clothes). However, her little feet get cold so I bought her some socks; those she hated.

Anyone who owns any kind of pet needs to be aware of the grooming requirements and health issues. I think most internet info about the Sphynx cat does a fair job of addressing the grooming issues without making Sphynxes sound like the worst breed on earth.

lukasz 3 years ago

COME ON!!! People lets not be so lazy. What's so difficult about cleaning ears, clipping nails, and giving a bath once a week. It's like having a baby once a week. Is it so hard. This breed of cat is loving, fun, and not stand offish like other breeds of cats. If you leave 70 degrees of hit during winter , the cat will be fine, otherwise it will venture into your bed and under covered. I have a female and she jumps all over me, I don't have brown spots on my clothes or furniture. Why because I take care of her and clean her litter box twice a week. And actually people say that it is amazing, how you can't smell a cat in my house. I went through several kids of litters to find a good one for my cat... That's all! This is my first cat and I would never get any other breed, after having a Sphynx. All the people who want a cat, are not lady, like an animal to pay attention to you, get a Sphynx... Yes, it will get a little time to get used to having one, especially giving baths. Clipping nails or cleaning ears usually is very easy after a few times of doing it.

Also what helps when giving baths to this breed of cats is singing. YEP! I was shocked too. I'm a guy, I don't like singing. But it helps the cat so why not as she hates water... LOL

Ginger 3 years ago

I'm looking forward to getting my first Sphynx and this was very helpful to what I have to do. I already have 2 dogs, where one is a Hairless, that get baths once a week, so that doesn't scare me :)

Janejj 3 years ago

Thankyou for writing this article. I have kept a variety of cats from pedigree to mixed and was considering getting a Sphynx cat. I have read up on them extensively but am surprised this is the first I've heard that you need to clean their ears and about the staining so I may think twice about getting one now and make sure I am prepared for that level of commitment

scarface 3 years ago

Hello. Thanks for the article but i have a question: what is the averrage temperature that the cat needs to be fit? You say warm but what is warm? 18,19,20...25 degrees?!

VP 3 years ago

I totally agree with lukasz comment. No matter what kind of cat or dog you have, you are supposed to do all this thigs listed as "dissadvantages" of having a sphynx so COME ON - of course yoh have to clean and take constant care of it - it is not a toy!!!

Tina 3 years ago

after reading your web page and consulting my veterinarian,I was confident this breed would work for me.I recently adopted Max a 2 year old male blue sphynx .Although we are going thru an adjustment period right now I have to say he's really intelligent and loves to cuddle at night with my husband and I.Thank you for your web page it helped me bunches in making my decision as well as my vet. thank you once again

Dee 3 years ago

I really miss having a cat and was considering a Sphynx. There is work involved but after hearing how lovable they are it may be worth it. I had a Siberian Husky who didn't like hot weather but I never clipped him because it was natural insulation. Do the cats really require clothing or igloos to stay warm? I am in a studio apartment and use an air conditioner in the summer when I am home.

Jay Jay 3 years ago

They truly are the best cats you will ever own, even with all their issues, when you love them the issues do not seem to be "issues" at all! The only thing my daughter wishes is that she had two of them...she did not realize the anxiety that her little guy goes through when she leaves.

NedNoD 3 years ago

I appreciate the honesty of this article, but I only have one beef with it... I own a siamese cat and she (and every other siamese I've known) is the opposite of standoffish... She does have to be in every room I'm in and if I'm sitting I have to pull up a second chair just for her so she doesn't howl at me. She sleeps in my dirty laundry when I'm gone for any period of time and she also gets very jealous if one of the other cats is sitting on my lap.

Otherwise- great article!

joanna 3 years ago

wow thanx its very helpful me and my brother want a sphinx cat for our new place we are moving into and we thought a pet like this would be perfect now we know wat to do and do yu by any chance know hwere to adopt a sphinx cat for a low price????

Mary 3 years ago

I find this article extremely offensive because my sphmx is my best friend in the world she is cuddly and playful at the same time. Most the "facts" are wrong do more research then this because it is horribly wrong

Percy 3 years ago

Our male Sphynx, Cassius, is the most wonderful, loving and lovable member of our family - but not once in any of the comments posted has anyone mentioned their pet's insatiable curiosity / super inquisitiveness / active enquiring mind, which is one of Cassi's outstanding traits! He wants to help us with tidying the office, washing dishes, sewing on buttons...everything and anything! And he has a language all of his own, about 12 different sounds, with special "words" to tell us how much he hates being bathed!

My Jay 3 years ago

that stuff is not true sphynx cats are the best and i have 1 his name is jay and he is my favorite living thing and if they are as bad as they have been described here then you obviesly have NOT had furry cats before they are MUCH worse and much harder to look after.

Kate Kiddo 3 years ago

Seems like any kind of "brown marks" is a really touchy subject to the author of this.

chardo 3 years ago

I just wanna say,Sphynx like baby and I don't think anyone will leave his/her baby without feeding,cleaning, and care. so what's the different between?

Juan 3 years ago

The most horrible cats i've ever seen!!!

Karen 3 years ago

Excuse me? Siamese - a standoffish cat? Obviously you've never had Siamese.

siamese_sphynx 3 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 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!!

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.

Erin 2 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...

Tami 2 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!!

susie 2 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!

cori 2 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!

Vince 2 years ago

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

peggy 2 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.

Sphynxlover 2 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 ;]

Helen 2 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

evita 2 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

Sarah 2 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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LS Luke 2 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 :)

Dylan 2 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.

CHo Meir 2 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.

Alienore 2 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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Stephanie Varga 2 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.

kathy 2 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 ;)

Tasha 2 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 .

Maxine 2 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!

Atlantis CATS@ 2 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!

Jordan 2 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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Spinyxstinks 2 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.

Jess 2 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:)

Lauren Sabino 2 years ago

What do you mean by brown marks?

gracie edwards 2 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

Mickey's Pop, Micky G 2 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.

Stephanie 2 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.

Johna279 2 years ago

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

A. 2 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.

gstylz4all 2 years ago

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

Margaret 2 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.

Susan 2 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.

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.

kathleen 23 months 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.

Cheryl 23 months ago


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.

Cody 23 months 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.

alibeg 23 months ago

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

Maria 22 months 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.

Jack 22 months 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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Doug L Clement 22 months 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.

21 months 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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Stacie L 21 months ago

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

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

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

Tara 21 months ago

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

Lance 21 months 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.

Hannah 21 months 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.

Tricia 21 months 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.

Irritated reader 21 months 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.

susan williams 21 months 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.

JT 21 months ago

My male Sphynx is the best cat I have ever been 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.

rhonda 20 months 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 !!!!

Caroline Qualls 20 months 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...

Sophia 20 months 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!

Sphynx lover 20 months 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!

20 months ago

best cat

Jennifer 19 months 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.

josie 19 months 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.

Trisha 18 months 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!!

Trisha 18 months 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.

Amanda 18 months 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.

Anna Powell 17 months 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!

David 17 months 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.

Haired sphynx!! 17 months 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.

CATFYHKWERHG 16 months ago

How much are these cats?

Justme 14 months ago

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

Nomoresneezes 13 months ago

The cats are around $1500

Rusana 11 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 :)

Johnny 10 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.

Triumphfreak 8 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

Julia 8 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?

Mercedes 5 months ago

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

KristinAlyse 5 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.

Dan 2 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.

Lola 2 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.

cat lover 7 weeks ago

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

kitty 7 weeks ago

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

Mia 5 days ago

I have a question:

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

Seth 4 days 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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