Now is the time for soul searching. It is very important to think carefully – and honestly – if you are in the best position to adopt a Sphynx (or indeed any pet). Besides shelter, nutritious food and your time, your pet will require adequate medical care. This is one of the biggest responsibilities that apply to being a pet owner. If you feel that the time is not right to give all four of these pet care factors, then you are not ready to adopt a Sphynx. A common question that people ask when considering adopting a Sphynx into their household is, “What are the pros and cons of owning a Sphynx?”

Benefits

  • Sphynx cats do not shed because they are hairless. In fact, they have a fine layer of downy fur on their skin that is almost impossible to see.
  • The Sphynx is incredibly affectionate and provides company more than most cats.
  • The Sphynx blurs the traditional boundaries between dogs and cats.
  • They usually get along very well with other pets in the house, even dogs.
  • You will be part of an exclusive club of Sphynx owners as they are so rare. This can open you up to wonderful friendships.
  • Hairless cats are very intelligent and can be trained.
  • They have a proven and positive impact on human health.
  • Naked cats like to be dressed up because they don’t like to be cold!
  • They will keep you warm at night.
  • Sphynx is a healthy breed without known specific health or genetic problems.

Cons

  • The Sphynx breed is more demanding than other cats when it comes to the level of attention they require. This can be alleviated somewhat by buying two Sphynx cats so they have each other’s company.
  • Sphynx eat and poop a lot due to their high metabolism.
  • The peculiarity of the Sphynx’s almost hairless coat makes their skin quite oily and greasy. They must be bathed regularly, once or twice a week.
  • You will need to clean your Sphynx’s ears and trim their nails routinely.
  • The Sphynx is a very mischievous and playful cat. They will climb and jump on furniture and appliances.
  • You may experience negative comments from people who don’t like bold cats. You have to accept that some people think the breed is ugly or foreign.
  • The Sphynx is a rare cat breed, and as with anything rare and exclusive, this generally means a higher than normal purchase price.

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