Sphynx Care

Sphynx Care


   Food: The Sphynx has completely different food needs than that of a normal cat. They need high protein levels in their food to assist in maintaining body heat, and a healthy weight. I am currently feeding Young Again dry food. Young Again has 50% protein and no grains etc., only a natural balance of ingredients that comes close to mimicking what cats would eat in the wild. There are also recipes for a raw diet, where you can prepare their food and add all the essential vitamins and nutrients they need. There are many other high protein and grain free foods on the market for you to choose from when feeding a Sphynx. 
     
    Water: Having a constant and fresh supply of water available at all times is a must. I use a pet waterfall, which I purchased at Pets Mart for $60 and I love it. It makes having fresh, clean water a breeze. It holds a huge amount of water in the back and goes through a filter to purify and clean the water. This is helpful in eliminating bowls that get spilled, and need to be refilled constantly. Animals that have clean water, drink way more than animals that don’t, and water is important in keeping them hydrated and healthy. 
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    Bathing: A Sphynx needs regular baths to remove the dirt and oil from their skin. They need to be bathed a minimum of 1-2 times a month depending on the cat (some cats secrete more oils than others, and may need more or less bathing). You will get to know your cat and find what’s perfect. As far as bathing goes prepare everything you will need to use before you begin the bath (this will help decrease the stress caused if you have to start and stop). You will need cat shampoo, a wash cloth, and a warm towel to begin. Wash their body and feet, and dry them off, you can wet the wash cloth with plain warm water and gently wash their face and eyes. After their bath you need to clean their ears, this is necessary to prevent ear infections and discomfort. You will need cotton balls, cu tips, and an ear cleaning solution (I use Verbak’s Epi-Otic). NEVER clean deeper than you can see, this can cause hearing loss. 
     
    Nails: Your Sphynx will need to have their nails trimmed once a week. Be very careful to only trim the tip of the claw, never coming to close to the quick (the pink part of the nail), if the quick is cut it is extremely painful for your kitty. To trim their nails gently squeeze the tips of each toe and the nail will come out. If your kitty does not feel comfortable getting their nails trimmed you can get a blanket and wrap them up to help them feel secure, and just do one foot at a time. 
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