The Sphynx cat is pretty obviously different from the average furred cat in how much hair it has, but what are the other traits of a Sphynx cat and will they be suitable for you?
One of the most quoted pros for a Sphynx is its supposed hypoallergenic properties, alas these claims are baseless as the most common allergy to cats are to a protein in their saliva, and Sphynx saliva is made up of the same proteins as other cat breeds.
A true pro for the breed is their personality. Well raised Sphynxes are outgoing, curious and attention seeking, a far cry from some other breeds that can be shy, arrogant and sullen. If you are looking for an amusing companion with energy and character then consider a Sphynx.
The lack of hair on a Sphynx does not, as some may think, reduce the amount of grooming a Sphynx requires. The opposite is the fact, as the natural skin oils that would have been distributed on the coat to give a glossy shine and protect the fur, sits on the skin of the Sphynx and will pick up dirt and dead skin flakes (dander) and sweat (yes Sphynx cats have sweat glands), all of this needs regular bathing to remove.
Sphynx cats are indoor cats because of their lack of hair. They cannot protect their skin form the sun, nor could they protect themselves in a fight with other cats, and they would suffer hypothermia quite quickly. Having a cat that does not go outside is a great help to the wildlife around your house. Cats are responsible for most of the deaths of lizards, birds and mammals and in some countries like Australia, have been responsible for near extinction of species.
The Sphynx digestive system is sensitive and loose and pungent stools will often be the result of something in their diet that is upsetting their tummy. Feeding Sphynxes raw wet foods will cut out most of the bowel issues and will prove cheaper than tinned cat foods.
This hairless cat breed is now being recognised as making fabulous companion cats and are being certified across the USA and globally. This work with special groups is helping to raise the profile of the Sphynx cat in the great community. Because they love to be near humans are revel in any attention, Sphynxes break through the boundaries that some aged and disabled people have, and encourage the expression of love and joy.
Sphynx cats are still rare and as such the demand for them is high and the supply is low, leading to high prices compared to other cat breeds. I think this is a pro as only the most dedicated owner will want to spend the money to own one. This will also mean when you have one you are in a pretty exclusive club!