Today we have a contest for all of you! Can you guess which toes belong to which Sphynx? We will have a prize for those who guess correctly!
Did you know that Sphynx toes are special? We Sphynx frequently use our toes like fingers, catching and grabbing things with our toes. According to the Cat Fanciers' Association Sphynx breed standard: "Paws are oval with well-knuckled toes; five in front and four behind. The paw pads are thick, giving the appearance of walking on cushions." The TICA breed standard for Sphynx is similar: "Feet: Medium in size, oval shape with long, slender toes. The paw pads are thicker than in other breeds, giving the cat the appearance of walking on "air cushions". The toes are very long, slender and prominent."
Sphynx paws are also described as webbed, something you can see a bit more easily in this old photo of Dragonheart as a kitten, even though it's a bit blurry, or in the photo of Devi playing below it:
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Our toes do need to be cleaned regularly. Because we have no fur for oil to distribute itself through, oil builds up on our paws, toes, and claws, just like it does on the rest of our skin. Our claws, in particular, accumulate "black gunk" which is basically oil combined with dust, litter dust,
Good luck guessing whose toes are whose! Let us know in the comments. And did you learn anything about Sphynx toes, or did you already know all that?