The Sphynx Cat is actually a new breed of cat called for its extreme lack of coat on their body. Hairlessness is a normal genetic mutation but, the Sphynx Cat, as an entirely different breed, was created through selective breeding, beginning in the 1960s.
This is why their unique coat is so unique and beautiful, unlike any other breed. There are two types of Sphynx cats, one with a short coat, the other a long hair cat.
Cats that lack a coat often have a very active lifestyle. It is common to hear of these cats living up to 40 hours a week outside in nature. Their fur may be completely covered during these times.
However, their instinct is to wear down their fur with their own scent from their body to protect themselves. This is why they often shed their outer coat regularly, allowing their natural scent to come out.
Although the name Sphynx was taken from this unique breed, they are not actually born that way. If you want to know more about the history of the breed, then be sure to read all about it at your local vet. However, in this article, we will be focusing more on the care that needs to be taken for this cat breed to live a happy and healthy life.
Cats without coats do not need to have flea control. They can still get fleas, which is actually a very big problem for cats. Their coat is a natural deterrent, so cats will not need to worry about flea control. However, they should still be on a routine grooming schedule.
The grooming should be done daily and they should not be neglected, because the longer that they are neglected the more likely they are to shed more than needed, causing their coat to look matted.
The cat that does not have a coat is also less likely to get skin cancer. They have less melanin, which is the pigment that protects the cat’s skin. Therefore, they do not produce enough of the pigment, which protects them against UV rays.
Cats that lack a coat are also less prone to developing diabetes, heart diseases, and other health problems. Their coats help to protect them against these problems. So, when looking for a new cat or kitten, be sure to ask the owner of the cat if it has a coat; it will help you better understand what it is like to have a cat.