Animals

The Sphynx, an atypical and endearing cat ...


You want to welcome a cat in your home and you do not know which breed to choose ...

What if you took the time to discover the atypical Sphynx and its extraordinary character.

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Characteristics of the Sphynx

The Sphynx has a unique look. Loved or hated, he leaves no one indifferent.

  • His skin, covered with a tiny down, reacts like human skin. She sweats and tans. Sometimes covered with spots, the skin is the color of hair if it has grown.
  • Its angled lemon-shaped eyes can be gold, yellow, blue, or minnows (one eye of each color).
  • Wrinkled, devoid of whiskers, he has a few short curly whiskers, prominent cheekbones, a rounded skull, a short muzzle, slender legs and large triangular ears.
  • Its weight can reach 3 to 5 kilos.
  • Its life expectancy is 14 to 20 years.
  • Gestation: 56 to 70 days.
  • Average price: 1300 euros
  • His food must be of very good quality. He is a heavy eater because he burns a lot of calories to regulate his naked body heat. There are special Sphynx croquettes.

Origin of the Sphynx

This breed is a natural genetic mutation. She first appeared in Canada in 1966. A pair of alley cats gave birth to hairless kittens. They were brought back to the Netherlands by Dr Hernandez to be crossed with Devon Rex known for their short hair. In 1983, French breeder Patrick Challain continued to develop the breed.

In 1985, Aline and Philippe Noël in turn brought two kittens from Holland to France, Mogwaï and Gizmo. It was from their daughter Amenophis Clone that the breed standard was drawn up. The Sphynx is recognized as a French breed and registered in the LOOF.

Sphynx character

  • This tomcat is a perfect house cat.
  • It is often called "the cat-dog". Very playful, he is particularly close to his master. It will slip under your duvet with delight, because it loves contact. It's a pot of glue always looking for attention.
  • Her body heat is one degree higher than that of the human body. It is very pleasant to stroke, because it is soft like a chamois skin.
  • It will make itself understood thanks to its loud and very characteristic meow. He is a "big talker".
  • It is not advisable to always be away if you choose this breed, as it will die off unless you offer it a companion of the same breed. He can get along well with a dog.

The Sphynx and allergies

Contrary to what you might think, you can develop an allergy to Sphynx just like other cats.

The major allergens are found in saliva (Fel d1 protein). The cat by licking itself will spread the allergen. You can always visit a farm to assess its sensitivity.

In the event of cough, wheezing, hives, itching, discharge from the eyes or the like, it is not recommended to accommodate a Sphynx, because no treatment will eliminate these inconveniences.

The health of the Sphynx

  • Before acquiring a Sphynx, it should be tested for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (narrowing of the lining of the heart). It is a genetic disease. If either parent is a carrier, your kitten is at risk of developing the disease.
  • Its collagen-rich skin secretes sebum. He must take baths regularly. For a quick wash, wipes or a washcloth are practical.
  • His ears should be cleaned once a week and smeared with greasy care (sold by veterinarians).
  • Its claws will need to be cut regularly.
  • It should not be exposed to the sun (possibility of putting sunscreen on it).
  • He fears the cold.
  • Overall, he is no more fragile than any other cat.

Smart advice

  • If you want a balanced kitten, you have to wait between 4 and 5 months before taking it from the breeder. This is the time it takes for his mom to educate him.
  • The Sphynx is a wonderful cat breed if you are looking for a particularly affectionate animal.

To meditate : "People who don't like cats haven't met the right one yet"

Deborah A. Edwards

L.D.


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Video: How We Tire Out Our Sphynx Cat (October 2020).