The Sphynx is a recent addition to the world of cat breeds. The life of the breed all started in 1966, when a hairless kitten named “Prune” was born in Toronto. Two more hairless kittens were born in Toronto in 1978 and 1980, and two hairless kittens were also born to barn cats in Minnesota in 1975 and 1976. It is from these kittens that the entire breed was born. Because of its terribly limited gene pool, in the early years, the offspring of “Prune” and the other kittens were bred with cats of the Devon Rex breed.
The Sphynx is a “hairless” breed (though they actually can have a very fine hair coat) and care must be taken to ensure good skin health. They tend to produce a bit more oil than the average breed, so regular bathing and ear cleaning is a must. They are super cuddlers, as their sparse hair coat ensures that they will seek the warmth of a lap. Don’t be surprised if they also climb under the covers with you overnight!
They may love to cuddle, but like all cat breeds, Sphynx are prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Sphynx are prone to include heart problems such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; skin conditions such as oily seborrhea; and ear problems such as otitis externa.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Sphynx has the misfortune of inheriting more than just a love of cuddling, you’re covered.