How to care for your new Sphynx kitten!
Since sphynx cats have no hair, they require baths. Some require baths once or twice a week, some only once a month to prevent them from becoming oily and breaking out in rashes.
And though it sounds scary to bathe a cat. Because we all know that cats hate water, it's really not. I'll even let you in on some of my secrets to bathing sphynx cats without (too much) pain or struggle.
If your sphynx cat (or any cat) absolutely refuses bath time, try baby wipes daily until you can coax them into allowing bath time, or try waterless shampoo. I've not tried the waterless shampoo but I hear good things about it.
We personally like Tidy Cats. Any of their products work wonderfully on reducing odors. Watch as Sphynx cats dont always bury their mess and cleaning the litter box one to two times daily helps a lot.
Kitten clothes? Do they need them? No, they just look so cute! Our cats tolerate clothing very well and they have a ton of different styles for cats, it's too easy just to buy those adorable outfits! Some cat clothes can come at quite a price tag but I find that going to yard sales and buying baby clothes to put on them. Onesies and anything that can restrict them from using the litter box will not work.
Toys, in my opinion are required. Sphynx kittens are very curious and sometimes need things to distract them from getting into things. Sphynx cats are very smart and will get into things much like young children. Plus watching them play is so cute! You can see the characteristics of the cat, dog and monkey in them when they are having fun!
Putting lotion on your Sphynx cat I think is a wonderful in between bath and helps with the sweat. Of course it is important that you use fragrance free or natural lotions as to not clog pores. Again Johnson's products do wonders for the Sphynx. Keeps them silky soft!
Their lack of hair also means that sphynx cats get dirty nails. Their claws become covered in a brown wax similar to that inside the ear. It's a mixture of the oil from their skin and the dirt they encounter. It is relatively easy to clean off after a bath with a Q tip. Or if you're sneaky, while they are napping on you.
As cats age their nails thicken because the old layers stop sloughing off. If the nail becomes to thick it can injure the nail bed and cause the cat pain and annoyance. The cat may then chew at the nail and injure it further. So to save you and your cat a lot of hassle, rub the nail gently after a bath or nail cleaning in order to loosen excess layers.
Also it is recommended that you trim your sphynx cats nails weekly to keep them short. This prevents them from accidentally scratching you or another cat during play, or injuring themselves by getting their nails snagged on carpets or drapes.
How to trim your Sphynx nails
I am personally against declawing cats. Especially sphynx cats because the oils they naturally produce can get into the wounds made from declawing and often cause severe infections that can lead to amputation of the entire leg.
So if your considering declawing your sphynx cat, please consider Softpaws. They are small vinyl covers that are glued over the cats real nail to protect against scratching. They are well tolerated and come in a number of fashionable colors.
Sphynx cats lack of hair include their ears, because of this they get a wax build up inside their ears that should be cleaned on a weekly basis. It is easily cleaned with a Q tip that has been dipped in warm water or with the ear cleaner you can purchase at store. Just like nail cleaning this can be done when the cat is napping and relaxed, though it will wake them up. A few things to remember when cleaning your cats ears: First, you should never insert a Q tip or anything for that matter into the canal of your cats ear! If you can't see where it is going, don't do it! You can seriously damage the cats ears.
Second, blood is NOT normal in the ear, contact the vet right away!
Third, draping your Sphynx cat with a towel will reduce the chances that the cat will bite or claw you in the process
of his or her ear cleaning since some cats really dislike this process. And last, treats do wonders!
Sphynx cats have higher metabolisms and more sensitive stomachs than other breeds. So they require a healthier and more balanced diet than whatever happens to be on sale at the grocery store.
Despite how this sounds, it does not have to be expensive in order for your cat to eat quality food.
The best way (in my opinion) to determine a good food for sphynx cats, is to go with something that lists meat or fish as one of its first three ingredients. If any type of grain (wheat, rice, corn, ect) is listed first, it isn't a good food to be feeding your cat. Felines are carnivores by nature, their bodies are built to digest meat, not extra fiber. Extra fiber will do the same thing to them that it does to us, cause diarrhea
Some owners choose to feed only wet food, some feed only dry food. Some feed a mix of both, and some dedicated owners choose to feed raw
We feed both wet and dry. Older cats need a slightly different diet (more protein) so I'll have to change their food in a few years when they get older.