Everything You Need to Know About the Hairless Cat

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Here is all you need to know about the hairless cat. 

The official name for the hairless cat breed is the Sphynx cat. The breed began in the 1960s, when a domestic cat gave birth to a hairless kitten, which was the result of a natural gene mutation. Breeders began to breed cats with this mutation, creating the Sphynx cat breed.

Many people with cat allergies can tolerate a hairless cat. Although allergens are still present in their saliva, so they are not completely hypo-allergenic, Sphynx cats may be less likely to provoke a reaction because they have no hair to shed. Regular baths can also reduce the amount of cat dander in the home. While no breed is completely non-allergenic, as the Fel D1 protein in the cat's saliva is what causes allergies, the Sphynx can be easier to keep due to lack of fur.

Sphynx cats are lovable animals, who are known to perform silly antics in order to be the center of attention. They won't hesitate to cuddle with you, especially since they are heat-seeking animals. They do get cold easily, but they will be comfortable if the indoor temperature is comfortable for humans.

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General Appearance

Hairless cats come in various colors. They have a wide-eyed look, slender limbs, necks, and tails, and round bellies.

Body

The Spynx cat is a medium-sized breed. Despite their vulnerable appearance, their bodies are sturdy, with solid boning and good muscle development. Their round bellies are firm, not flabby.

Head

Hairless cats have long, slender necks, large ears, and large eyes. Their facial structure looks similar to that of a Siamese cat. Sometimes hairless cats have whiskers, and sometimes they don't.

Skin/Coat

A hairless cat's skin is the color or colors that its fur would be, if it had fur. Their skin feels like warm, soft leather or warm suede. Because they don't have a coat, body oils can build up on their skin, so they need to be bathed regularly.

Most hairless cats are actually not totally hairless. Most have at least a little bit of hair on their ears and nose, and sometimes on their toes and tail. Sometimes their whole bodies are covered in a fine "peach fuzz."

Health

Because they have no coat, Sphynx kittens are more susceptible to respiratory infections in their first few weeks of life. Sphynx cats can also get sunburned and even get skin cancer if they are outside in the sun for too long.

Temperament

Sphynx cats love to be the center of attention. Because they have no coats, they are always seeking out warmth. They seem to prefer human attention but also get along well with dogs and other cats. They have abundant energy. They're mischievous, but lovable.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Hairless Cat