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Sphynx Care

CLEANING
Since the sphynx doesn't have hair they are more susceptible of gathering oil and dirt on their skin. Thus, it's recommended bathing them weekly at 6-8 weeks old. Most sphynx owners prefer bathing their kittens in washroom or kitchen sinks using baby shampoo and warm running water. Start bathing your sphynx at a young age to get them accustoms to routine.

CLIPPING NAILS
Care should be given to keep your cats nails clean of oils, dirt and litter debris. Have your sphynx on your lap and take a moment to massage each paw. Take each toe and squeeze your fingers gently to extend each nail. Turn on a strong light while trimming their nails to help you see the nerves and blood vessels more clearly.



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Trim each nail just beyond where it starts to curve downward, using a pet nail trimmer specifically designed for cats. It’s a good idea to get your sphynx accustom to having there feet and nails handled as a kitten.

WARMTH
Sphynx need to be kept in a warmer temperature environment because of the lack of hair on their bodies. If people find it cold in a room then so will the sphynx. As a general rule, Sphynx cats are comfortable when we would be comfortable [naked]. The temperature level should be between 70-80 Degrees Fahrenheit. They are also indoor cats only. They should never be left outside unattended. They are very susceptible to cold weather and insect bites with no hair to protect them.

DECLAWING
Declawing is technically called an onychectomy and constitutes an amputation of the toe at the last joint. This removes the claw and the bone from which it originates. On a human hand, this would be amputation at the knuckle just above the nail. Declawing has been illegal in England for several years. Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Wales, Finland, and Brazil are among the many countries that both consider declawing illegal or inhumane, and only allow it under extreme circumstances. Declawing causes great psychological effects as well as physical effects. There are alternatives.

SPAY OR NEUTER
The female generally tends to be extremely vocal and obnoxious when in heat. Males can be territorial and spray on furniture and carpets. For these and many more reasons, it is highly recommended that you neuter or spay your Sphynx. There are many advantages of having an altered sphynx. The best companion cats are those that are spayed or neutered. This ensures that the cat devotes all its attention on you and your family and not the opposite sex. Most reputable breeders spay and neuter kittens before delivery. Keeping a whole cat can be a challenge and should be left for the experienced breeder.

VACCINATIONS
It is very important to provide your sphinx with proper vaccinations needs to ensure a healthy and expanded life for them. This is critical during the first few months of your kittens’ life. Since the sphinxes are more alert and aware of its surroundings, they’re prone to stress more easily. Because of this, they may be susceptible to lower immunity then other cats. This is why vaccinations are an essential factor while caring for your sphinx. Kitten vaccinations should include two to three inoculations of the FVRCP vaccine starting at 7-8 weeks of age and spaced four weeks apart. A booster at 1 year is important as well.

FOOD
The Sphynx requires premium quality foods to maintain the proper nutrition. They generally have a higher metabolism in order to keep warm. Therefore, the proper balance of fat and protein must fuel them. Be sure to provide them with high quality food with wholesome ingredients. Canned food once or twice a day and free-fed dry food meets the nutritional needs for most active adults. Kittens need to be fed more often. Also, fresh water must be available at all times.

LITTER BOX
Sphynx kittens learn how to use a litter box very quickly in their early stages of life. However, if you’re sphynx require some assistance, try dragging his/her paws through the litter gently to simulate digging and covering. This will ease the learning process for them. Make sure that you never punish your cat for not using his litter box properly. Punishing your sphynx can lead to other behavior problems. Always keep the litter box clean. No one likes to use a dirty toilet. The litter box must be cleaned on a daily basis, regardless of the litter you use. Also, try to avoid changing the style of the litter box as this may confuse your cat.

EARS
Your cats ears need to be cleaned periodically as they will develop wax build up if neglected. The lack of hair on their ears makes it easy for dust and oils to settle in. To begin cleaning their ears, use a few drops of ear cleaning solution and massage the base of the ear. Then, use Q-tips to remove the dirt and oils. Never go further down in to the ear than you can see. To clean around the inside of the ear use baby wipes. Cleaning your sphynx’s ears should be done on a weekly basis.

TEETH CLEANING
Just like humans, cats build tartar on their teeth too. You should clean your sphynx’s teeth every 3-6 months depending on their diet. Dried food helps to keep their teeth clean. You can clean their teeth with a soft cloth and salty water or you can get special cat toothpaste from your nearest pet shop. An important indication when your sphynx needs their teeth clean is when they have chronic bad breath. Cleaning their teeth should only take a few minutes.


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