Sphynx cats are a unique breed of cat characterized by their lack of a coat. Many people purchase them because they like the way they look, for their extroverted, high-energy nature, and because no coat means no cat hair to clean up. That doesn’t mean Sphynx cats are low maintenance. In fact, these cats require a good deal of upkeep. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t buy a Sphynx cat.
Requires Constant Grooming
Most people assume that because it’s a hairless cat that it doesn’t require as much grooming. They couldn’t be more wrong. If anything, these cats require weekly grooming because of their proximity to the ground and things that can get them dirty. Additionally, the lack of hair increases the likelihood of rashes and other skin infections developing that will make your cat, and you, miserable.
Sphynx Cats Baths
Sphynx cats must be bathed with water using a medicated cleanser like Malaseb that kills bacteria and viruses. However, they generally do not like this. If, despite this warning, you want to buy a Sphynx cat, be sure to get one from a breeder who has given the cat baths since it was kitten. All you’ll need to do, then, is reinforce the habit by continuing to give it baths every week. Otherwise, you’ll have to acclimatize your cat, and you should probably wear sturdy gloves to protect your hands from angry claws. Treats before and after the bath may help mitigate the drama and teach your cat that baths are a good thing.
Still, even after a bath, the cat will leave marks on your clothing, furniture, and towels. That is just the nature of the beast. If you’re a neat freak who requires everything to be perfect, don’t by this breed of cat.
Cleaning the Ears
Unlike other cats, Sphynx cats do not have hair in their ear canals that keep them clean. As a result, they develop logs of ear wax that look gross. Worse, the cat will often smear the wax on items it rubs against. To keep the wax at a minimum, you’ll need to manually clean the cat’s ears using a Q-tip. If you have the money, you can pay someone to do it for you. Otherwise, you may not want to get this cat if you are disgusted by such things.
Your Sphynx cat’s nails will grow, and with it the urge to scratch. To save yourself and your belongings, you’ll need to clip her nails on a regular basis. Again, you can pay a groomer to do this if you can afford it. Most people, though, must do it themselves.
Needy Sphynx Cats
Sphynx cats defy the stereotype of the aloof cat and require constant companionship. She will want you to pet her, sit in your lap, or at least be close by, like, all the time. The cat cannot be left alone for long periods of time; otherwise she’ll become stressed and depressed. You must attend to her or get a companion for her. If all of this seems too cloying or bothersome for you, don’t buy a Sphynx cat.
High Electric Bills
Because Sphynx cats have no fur, the room must be kept at a warm enough temperature for them. This can result in a significant increase in your heating bill, especially if you live in cold areas or during cool seasons. Purchasing a heated cat box can mitigate this somewhat.
You can dress the cat in sweaters designed for felines. Be aware, though, that not all cats like this. They may become confused or act out if you put clothes on them. If you’re not able to overcome the temptation to dress your cat in cute clothes despite her protestations, don’t get this breed.
Poor Litter Box Habits
Sphynx cats are a little like college students. Sometimes they leave a log uncovered in the litter box that stinks up the whole house. They may even get some of the poop on their paws and track it all over the floor and furniture. These cats have also been known to drop fart bombs at inopportune moments. If you can’t deal with this level of mess, buy a different type of cat.
Sphynx cats can make good companions, but you must be willing to put up with the other things if you want to enjoy that companionship. If you are, then good luck with your feline friend.