Now is your time of soul searching. It’s really important to think very carefully – and honestly – about whether you’re in the best position to adopt a Sphynx (or any pet for that matter). In addition to a shelter, nutritious food, and your time, your pet needs proper medical care. This is one of the biggest responsibilities of being a pet owner. If you feel the time is not right for deployment all four of these pet care factors, then you are not ready to adopt a Sphynx. A common question people ask when considering adding a Sphynx to their household is “What are the pros and cons of owning a Sphynx?”
- Sphynx cats don’t shed because they are hairless. In fact, they have a fine layer of down on their skin that is barely noticeable.
- Sphynx are incredibly affectionate and provide more company than most cats.
- Sphynx blurs the traditional lines between dogs and cats.
- They usually get along very well with other pets in the home, even dogs.
- You become part of an exclusive club of Sphynx owners as they are so rare. This can open up wonderful friendships for you.
- Hairless cats are very intelligent and can be trained.
- They have proven and positive effects on human health.
- Naked cats enjoy being dressed because they don’t like being cold!
- They will keep you warm at night.
- Sphynx is a healthy breed with no known specific health or genetic problems.
- The Sphynx breed is more demanding than other cats in terms of the amount of attention they need. This can be alleviated somewhat by purchasing two Sphynx cats to keep each other company.
- Sphynx eat and poop a lot because of their high metabolism.
- The peculiarity of the Sphynx’s almost hairless coat causes their skin to become quite oily and greasy. They need to be bathed regularly, once or twice a week.
- You must routinely clean the Sphynx’s ears and trim their nails.
- Sphynx is a very mischievous and playful cat. They climb and jump on your furniture and appliances.
- You may get negative comments from people who don’t like flashy cats. You have to accept that some people find the race ugly or alien.
- The Sphynx is a rare breed of cat, and as with anything rare and exclusive, this generally means a higher purchase price than normal.