and Information regarding the Sphynx
while hairless, do require more grooming than a normally
When bathing my Sphynx, my main goal is to keep from
stripping the skin of it's naturual oils. Stripping the
oils will only cause the skin to create more oil and give
the cat a dirty appearance.
For bath time, depending on each cats sensibilities, I
use either Johnson & Johnson Baby Oil, Baby Wash or
Dove Body Wash for Sensitive skin. Any good
hypoallergenic shampoo is all right, or veterinary
prescriptive shampoos. I do advise against using baby
shampoo, as I have found it harsh to the skin.
Prescription shampoo's like Malaseb used to help remove
unwanted bacterias that may have been picked up at a show,
are also advised.
Kittens generally need a bath once a week to every 10
days. It is an easy process (they dry very quickly)! They
are okay with a baths (theyve already been bathed
and groomed many times, so they are well acclimated to
the process), if you follow a few simple guidelines --
gently hold the front legs together or they reach out
with their arms as you place them in the tub. I hold them
by their front legs and support the back legs with the
other hand/arm. That way I don't get scratched and they
feel really secure. I usually use my tub to bathe
it doesnt require that much water, but they have
plenty of room to get their feet wet and not feel like
they are being cramped into a small space.
Intermittently, I use hypoallergenic/fragrance free baby
wipes for ears, butt, and feet routinely. Pet eye wipes
or a wet washcloth for face, if necessary. Oil
accumulates around the nose, toenails and inside the ears.
These should be cleaned once a week. You should clean the
ears with ear cleaning solutions (from your vet), and use
baby oil and cosmetic cotton pads or a washcloth around
the inside of the ear. Be careful not to go deeply,
cleaning only what you see. You can take your finger with
a washcloth and run it around the ear after the baby oil.
Toenails should be extended and wiped off with a warm
washcloth. Be gentle and patient -- listening to your
kitten's mood is important and it is best not to
frustrate your kitty with fussing too much over getting
him or her clean. So be patient and again, let your kitty
tell you when enough is enough, give a treat, then go
back to cleaning later. This generally works and gets
them trained to your style of cleaning very well!!!
For litter, I use Tidycat Crytsals but any litter will
due. Just make sure that there is low dust in the litter
you buy. I never have trouble with kittens going in the
box, but you need to keep it picked daily. If your kitty
develops a rash, first look at the type of litter and the
additives which may be in it before you panic. Many times
when trying out different things, I have found the
additives to prevent smells in litter can be harsh to the
Sphynx skin. Remember, theyre just like you
they dont have the protective hair coating that
other cats do.
I also advise having scratching posts and other kitty
claw approved furniture that they are allowed to scratch
on. By giving them something to sharpen those claws with,
your personal furniture should be safe. Toenails must be
trimmed once a week or as needed for your safety as well
as the kittys. If left untrimmed, the toenails can curl
under and puncture their soft pawpads and cause
I recommend ProPlan or Purina One kitten food mixed with
ProPlan or Purina One Hairball formula. Like people, each
kitty's diet is specific to them and some cats will
tolerate some foods better than others.