#1 - Thirteen Things About Sphynx
- Sphynx are a naturally hairless breed of cats. We are born this way.
- Sphynx are not always totally hairless; we can have fine down on the body. Some light hair is often present on the nose, tail and toes. I am hairless except on the bridge of my nose.
- Sphynx have no whiskers, or very short whiskers. I have tiny, short whiskers that curl.
- Sphynx get cold only if it is cold enough for a human to also be cold. If a human needs a sweater, chances are we need one too, although we're also happy to find a warm human to curl up with (or another cat or even a dog if they are around).
- Sphynx are friendly, extremely inquisitive and love to be the center of attention.
- Because of the lack of hair that would normally absorb body oils, Sphynx need to be bathed periodically.
- Sphynx eyes are ears need to be cleaned as well, since we lack hair in our ears, and so ear wax builds up more quickly, and we lack eyelashes, so dirt builds up more quickly in the corners of our eyes.
- We Sphynx have a very high natural metabolism. Because of our higher metabolism, we eat more and more often than "regular cats" do, and we need to be fed very high quality pet food. Our bodies have to work harder than that of other cats to keep ourselves warm, since we lack fur.
- Some people who suffer from cat allergies can tolerate living with Sphynx cats. However, depending on the type and severity of the individual's allergic reactions, there are still people who cannot live with this breed. My human dad is allergic to cats, but he can tolerate Sphynx without any problems.
- In 1966 a domestic cat gave birth to a hairless kitten in Toronto, Canada. It was discovered to be a natural mutation and the Sphynx cat, as we know it today, came into existence.
- Cat breeders in Europe and North America have bred the Sphynx to normal coated cats and then back to hairless for more than thirty years. The purpose of these selective breedings was to create a genetically sound cat with a large gene pool and hybrid vigor.
- Sphynx hairlessness is produced by an allele of the same gene that produces the Devon Rex, which has only one of the usual two fur coats. The Sphynx allele is incompletely dominant over the Devon allele; both are recessive to the wild type.
- The most famous Sphynx is, of course, Mr. Bigglesworth, Dr. Evil's cat in the Austin Powers movies. Contrary to what some people believe, they did not shave a poor cat for the movie. They used a Sphynx! The cat who played Mr. Bigglesworth is a Sphynx named SGC Belfry Ted Nude-gent.
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Wow! I am first. I like this cat, very pretty. Did you use to have another site because I thought I remember the name, but this blog seems new. :)
I know, nosy.
Lots of interesting facts!
I was wondering if you got cold when I saw the other Thurs. Thirteen post with all your pictures. I'm just glad to know that you have sweaters to put on when it gets chilly.
You sound, and look, like a really great cat! Glad to have met you!!
Have a great Thursday! :)
Lovely kitty! Happy TT :)
Well Sphynx, you're very very cute!
Thanks for such an informative post! I know very little about cats but I think whiskers play an important role in a cat's life (correct me if I am wrong). If you don't have any or they are very short, are you lacking some sensitivity "furry" cats have???
(this may be a very dumb question but I wonder, I am curious!)
The sphinx came from CANADA? I had a friend who owned one. Funny cat. ;)
Nice to meet you, Dragonheart! I knew about Sphynx cats, but not all you mentioned.
Thanks for visiting my TT with Caylynn!
This was something else! I had no idea about any of these facts. I had always wondered how the Sphynx came into existence so I particularly enjoyed the little nugget of knowledge pertaining to the hairless kitten in Toronto.
Happy Thursday to you!
Dragonheart, your comment about the Rex cat tickles something in the back of my mind. Can't some people even tolerate Rex cats when they are allergic? Perhaps it's genetic?
I have kitty cats too, though nothing as exotic as a Sphynx.
My favorite breeds are Tonkinese, Abysinnian and Maine Coon. I don't have any of those cats but I've had positive interactions with those breeds.
My 13 are up.
Hey, cool! I own two Devons, so I know whereof you speak, in terms of imps and being the center of attention and can you tell I'm writing this while looking through the body of one of mine? *grin*
Happy TT; I'll have to come back and visit more often.
I learned a lot about the Sphynx breed from your list today!
One thing that confused me, though: I thought you were the most famous Sphynx...not Mr. Bigglesworth!
that was great and we learned lots. I wants to be a spinx 'acause then I can eat more. - Miles
Very cool-welcome to the TT! :)
Do Sphynx cats clean themselves like other cats? I ask this question since you mention that you have weekly baths.
Draggie (sorry if you don't like it I won't do it again) you become a real star ! You know once on a cat exposition I held a quite big sphinx in my arms ! She was very heavy but slim and was the mummy to all the babies laying or playing in a wonderful pink "Barby" outfitted cage ! Mrs Sphinx wear a beautiful red "necklace" with diamonds ! Can you believe that ? But she of course were a girl. I think blue fits very well to your skin, your mummy has a good taste !
Great Thursdat 13. Very informative.
Toronto! I was born there! But I'm definitely not hairless. In fact one of my littermates was a long haired cat! I look Burmese (or maybe Bombay-I'm not sure) But my other brothers and my mom are all tuxies, so I think my mom was a lady-cat of easy virtue.
It's very nice to meet you Dragonheart! I really like your name!
Very educational, Dragonheart. However, you resemble a chihuahua dog in your picture. No offense intended, guy, since you're still quite handsome.
I've never met a Sphinx before, Dragonheart. So you are my FIRST! And I must say, meeowwww. You are furry attractive (in a very un-furry way, of course).
hehe happy cat :D
I love cats, but this one is very very sweety.
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