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Breed of the Week

Cat Breed of the Week: Sphynx

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The debate as to whether Sphynx cats are cute or ugly is divisive, but these unconventional beauties are super-affectionate, and are happy to snuggle up anyone as long as they’re warm! Sphynxes may be high-maintenance, but they will more than make up for that in attention and cuddles!

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The Sphynx breed was started from a small number of naturally occurring hairless kittens born in the US and Canada in the 1960s and 1970s. Since then they have become increasingly popular as a pet, thanks to their unusual appearance and penchant for cuddles!

The lack of hair on the Sphynx means that they can be prone to various related issues. Firstly, body oils that would usually be lost through shedding remain on the cat’s skin, which can lead to blocked pores if left unchecked. For that reason, owners need to bathe their cats at least once a week, if not more. Equally, because they have little to no hair in their ears, Sphynxes also need their ears to be cleaned once a week, to prevent a build up of wax.

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Having no hair to protect the skin means that Sphynxes can be prone to sunburn, so shouldn’t be left out in the sun unsupervised, or for too long. It also means that they have more difficulty maintaining body temperature than other breeds of cat, which makes them happy to be indoor moggies. For this reason (and because it looks adorable!), many owners get jumpers and sweaters for their Sphynx to wear during the winter, to keep them cosy!

The Sphynx’s need for warmth also explains why they are so much more affectionate than other breeds of cat towards humans and other pets. Because humans give out body heat, they make the perfect alternative to a hot water bottle, which is why these moggies will look for any opportunity to shower their owners with love and affection!

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Philippa & Daisy

Philippa & Daisy

Daisy is a 10-year-old, slightly rotund tabby from London, who enjoys sleeping, eating, and generally any activity that involves moving as little as possible. Her human/favourite lap to sit on, Philippa, is PawPost's content marketing manager.

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