The Sphynx is recognized by its nearly hairless body, big ears and eyes, wrinkly face and round belly. These clever and fun-loving cats first appeared in Toronto, Canada in 1966, their unique appearance being the result of a chance genetic mutation. Sphynxes are medium to large in size and quite active; they adore people and get along well with other pets.
And although Sphynxes are not entirely hypoallergenic, many people with cat allergies seem to tolerate these cats well provided that their leathery skins are wiped down regularly to prevent the buildup of oils.
Should you Purchase Insurance for your Sphynx Cat?
Sphynxes are generally healthy cats and are not known to be prone to breed-specific congenital diseases. There are some health issues to be aware of though:
- Feline cardiomyopathy: all cats are at risk for cardiomyopathy, which is a term that encompasses four related conditions in which the muscles of the heart become weakened or fail to function properly. Left untreated, cardiomyopathy often leads to heart failure and death. The condition is diagnosed based on a veterinarian’s examination for heart murmurs and other cardiac abnormalities. Treatment usually involves the administration of drugs that help to restore the heart’s normal rhythm.
- Skin conditions: these cats’ distinct skin is susceptible to certain dermatological problems, including cutaneous mastocytosis, in which non-malignant tumors form under the skin, and urticaria pigmentosa, in which lesions form on the skin itself. Both of these conditions are easily diagnosed and can be treated with medication and/or surgery.
So in addition to protecting your Sphynx’s skin from the sun and the cold, be on the watch for dermatological abnormalities, and make sure that you have a vet you can trust and the financial resources you need should something more serious arise.