14 Facts About Sphynx Cats You Must to Know

The Sphynx cat is definitely a sight to see. Their striking physical appearances is as unique as their character. Sphynx cats may seem to be moody and unfriendly, they are actually quite intelligent, inquisitive and unusually people-oriented. Here are 14 interesting facts about the Sphynx cats:

#1 They aren’t Egyptian

A common misconception is that Sphynx cats are Egyptian. It's a myth! They are come from the North Country. Canadian Sphynx — the hairless breed we know in North America — has been defying expectations since the mid-1960s, when an Ontario cat gave birth to a hairless kitten, the result of a natural genetic mutation. Then, in the mid-1970s, two separate sets of hairless kittens were born to owners in Toronto and Minnesota. Their lineages resulted in the affectionate animal we know today.

#2 They aren’t bald

If you pet one, however, you’ll discover they’re not actually hairless. Sphynxes are covered with a fine layer of downy fuzz. While they’re not plush to the touch, their coats feel like suede.

#3 They need spesial grooming

You might think that the lack of hair means less grooming. You’re partially correct. Sphynx cats don’t require daily or weekly brushing, but they do need weekly baths. Without the regular baths, the cat’s skin will become greasy and stinky and will attract dirt and dust.

#4 They are colorful

Sphynx kitties come in a rich variety of colors. The different hues and patterns you can see are actually the kitty’s own skin pigmentation as the thin layer of mossy fluff is actually colorless. The pigmentation can be red, creamy, lavender, chocolate, black, brown, and so on.

#5 They’re warmer than other cats

Four degrees warmer than most other cats.

#6 They get cold easily

Some Sphynx cats have a thick furry undercoat to keep them warm. Other cats, like Ragdolls, lack an undercoat and have a single layer of fur. And then there are the Sphynx cats, which are completely hairless. Due to the fact that they don’t have a fur coat, they get easily cold.