How to Care for a Hairless Sphynx Cat

So you’re thinking about getting a sphynx, and you’re unsure about the level of care they require. Not to worry, owning a sphynx cat can seem like a bit of work, but there are many benefits to adopting one of these cute hairless animals. If you’re looking to give this loveable creature the best life possible, read more about how to care for a sphynx cat.

How Hard Is Caring For a Hairless Cat?

There are a few challenges to caring for a sphynx cat, from their delicate skin, diet, teeth, and more. They are described as indoor cats due to their skin sensitivity and benefit from limited sun exposure. Sphynxes have common health issues and require protective resources like UV-blocking materials to prevent sunburns. Common sphynx health issues include: 

  • Excess oil production
  • Red spots
  • Skin lesions
  • Ear infections
  • Periodontal (dental) disease
  • Heart disease

These are typical but manageable health issues your sphynx may experience. For concerns like excess oil production, the key is management. Bathe your cat more often or consider products like cat wipes. These methods and materials help to eliminate excess oil and prevent future skin irritations.

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Keep Your Sphynx Cat Clean

Skin care for hairless cats:

How do you keep a sphynx cat clean? Due to their lack of hair, Sphynx tends to have oilier skin. One way to manage this is by bathing them more regularly. According to Dr. Alison Diesel, a Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine clinical professor, sphynx cats require baths every one to two weeks.” If you have a young kitten, incorporate bathes early into their routine skin care.

Sphynx Eye and Ear Care:



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