page I would like to share some insightful observations and
factual knowledge with you that I have acquired in over two decades
of working with purebred cats, first-hand, day-in and day-out.
Socialization- Sphynx cats are social by nature. They
are not a cat that sits on your couch all day long. They are
active and demand love, time and attention. As much as Sphynx
cats love their care taker and human companions, they still need
the companionship of other pets. Sphynx cats will get along
with almost any type of other gentle animal including: other
cats, dogs and even ferrets (fowl, rodents and reptiles, non
recommended). Not only are other pets companions, but when they
get together, they are a great source of entertainment!
Trainable- Sphynx cats are intelligent and highly
trainable. Having a Sphynx cat is like having a cat, dog and monkey
all in one. Sphynx cats can be trained to do almost anything a dog
can do. They can walk on a harness, fetch and listen to commands
(like come, go, sit, stay etc...). Plus, they can balance in high
places, they display acrobatic abilities and they even will use
their front paws as hands to open doors and drawers! They are
highly expressive, constantly letting you know how they feel and
what they want. They can even use the toilet with very little or,
usually, no training.
Truths- A certain color or sex is the best: NOT!!!! The
personality of the Sphynx cat depends on the genetics of the parents
and the environment the kitten is raised in.
Safety-Indoors-Collars- One of the most important things is
to keep your Sphynx cats indoors. Too many things can happen to
outdoor cats or even indoor/outdoor cats. Any cat that is outdoors
is susceptible to cars, disease, fleas and other animals, just to
name a few things. For indoor safety, I never recommend nor let my
own cats wear collars. If you must have a collar on your cat,
please make sure it is the releasable type!
Nutrition- By nature Sphynx cats are carnivores. It is
extremely important that your Sphynx cats get the proper nutrition
in the protein of meat. Meat should always be the main ingredient
in any food you feed your cat. I highly recommend a good Brand Name
Dry Food with Meat as the first ingredient. Feeding your Sphynx
kitten with a cheap brand of grocery store cat food, saturated by
fillers, will simply make your Sphynx cat vomit and create a lot of
clean up chores for you. Some table scraps are okay as a treat and
I feed my Sphynx cats leftover meat, fish and veggies. They have
different tastes (like us) and some Sphynx cats like veggies a lot,
especially green beans. Most Sphynx cats are not picky eaters.
I recommend and use clay litter. Pine litter and tore up newspaper
are other options. Never use scoop-able litter. First of all, when
the litter gets wet it cements. When cats use the scoop-able litter
it gets in-between their paw pads and they lick it off and it can
cement in their intestines. Second, scoop-able litter is not as
sanitary as the feces is removed, but all the bacteria and germs
remain. I highly recommend changing litter boxes often and letting
them soak in steaming hot water with bleach or ammonia.
Veterinarian- God Bless all Veterinarians, for they love
animals otherwise they wouldn't be doing what they love to do. It
is so important to have a Veterinarian that you feel comfortable
with. It is a fact that most Veterinarians are trained on dogs,
even less know about purebred cats. Make sure your veterinarian is
experienced with purebred cats and you have educated, breeder advice
as a reference. I can't tell you how many times, when I first
started breeding, that the veterinarian didn't have a clue and a
Sphynx breeder friend had the answer.
Vaccinations- For vaccinations I recommend a 3-way distemper
(Fort Dodge PCT) vaccine for all cats. I myself have all my Sphynx
cats tested and vaccinated yearly and that is what I highly
recommend all pet owners to do. Many states require the
rabies vaccine. I don't like it myself and I have heard that it can
cause cancer at the sight of the injection. That is second hand
information though. If you do vaccinate for Rabies please wait
until your kitten is 6 months old. The 3-way distemper should be
administered yearly and keeping your Sphynx cats indoors is of the
most paramount importance.
If your Sphynx cat ever needs any type of surgery, make sure your
veterinarian uses ONLY Isoflourine (gas anesthesia). NEVER use
Ketamine as Sphynx cats (and other cats) can have a reaction to it.
Hopefully your Sphynx cat will only need one surgery in her or his
lifetime; to be spayed or neutered. KETAMINE SHOULD NEVER BE USED
FOR ANY SURGERY! Even the slightly bit can have devastating
Should your Sphynx cat need an general antibiotic, we have
found Clavamox to work extremely well with purebred cats. Of
course, please have your Sphynx cat evaluated by a vet first.
Should your Sphynx cat need eye drops we have found Tobramycin very
I highly disagree with de-clawing. A de-claw is actually the knife
amputation of the first digit on the fingers. I know I would hate
to wake up from surgery and have the first digit of my fingers
completely removed, and I have no doubt you feel the same. With
proper care a cat does NOT need to be de-clawed. The nails should
be trimmed every two weeks. To trim the nails, simply extract the
nail (thumb and forefinger-compress the paw pad and the top of the
paw) and look for where the red starts in the nail (that is the
blood). Do NOT clip anything but white! All the white on the nail
can be completely removed. Just remember not to hit the red. Nail
caps are another alternative to trimming. The nails caps come in
cool colors and are glued over the top of the nail. For those who
feel they must de-claw their cats, DON'T. If you absolutely must
please find a Veterinarian that uses laser surgery. Laser surgery
is much less painful, the healing time is much faster and the chance
of infection is a whole lot less. Also, never have the back claws
removed as that can lead to biting behavioral problems. Think you
want to de-claw? Check out these links first!!!
I hope this
information has helped. As always, I am totally dedicated to
helping Sphynx cat lovers and Sphynx cats in any way possible. If
you have any questions, comments or interesting information to add,
please feel free to contact me.