Sphynx cats are extraordinary creatures and although they don't have any fur, they do have a very thin layer of short, fine hair known as vellus hair that covers their bodies. The problem the breed faces is that because they don't have a thick lush coat to absorb all the oils in their bodies, these tend to build up on the surface of their skin and more especially in specific areas. These oils then attract dust and dirt which very quickly accumulates around their ears, nail beds and elsewhere on their bodies which is why they need to be regularly bathed.
Depending on lifestyle, a Sphynx cat would need regular baths to remove any dirt, dust and grease that builds up on their skin. Unlike many other breeds, the Sphynx doesn't usually object to be bathed and if fact, a few of them really enjoy the experience which makes the process that much easier all round. As a rule of thumb, a Sphynx cat would need bathing at least every 7 days or so, but you should never leave it longer than a month. However, every cat is different and so is their skin and environment which means you would need to see how things develop and then adjust your routine accordingly.
Although many people think that Sphynx cats are easy maintenance, this is not true at all because they need more in the way of care than a normal cat that's boasts a thick coat and the art of successfully bathing them so their skin remains healthy, is to do this without stripping out the much needed natural oils from it.
However, too many baths could prove bad for your pet because this will end up over-stimulating their skin whilst at the same time stripping out all the natural oils which in turn will encourage the skin to produce more oil. The end result is their skin will have a grubby appearance.
These days there are some very good products on the market which have been specifically formulated for use on Sphynx cats. This includes the following:
However, you can use non-soap based shampoo on your pet as well as any coconut based cleansers which are useful to use in between bath times. This not only helps keep your pet's skin clean but it also helps moisturise it and loosen dirt that may have built up.
Sphynx cats need a lot of taking care of because they don't have the luxury of being covered in a thick coat. This means they feel the cold and they are more susceptible to sunburn too. Making sure your pet's skin is in good condition helps keep infections at bay. However, you need to be patient and extremely gentle when it comes to bath time because cats being cats, they can be a little moody at times. This means you may have to wait for your pet to be in a good mood before bathing them, unless of course, you own a pussy cat that just loves being in water!
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