What should I know about sphynx?

sarah falsehoosarah falsehoo Swarthmore PAMember Posts: 10
edited 30 July, 2009 in Sphynx
I reeeeeeeally want another cat, but my brother Is allergic to cat fur, so I thought I could get a sphynx cat. thing is I don't know much about them other than they are hairless. Is there anything I should Know? also, How can I convince my mom they arn't too ugly to live with?


  • Vanessa WoodardVanessa Woodard ColvilleMember Posts: 41
    edited 15 July, 2007
    I am a Sphynx and I am gorgeous! My people love my warm,sticky, loose skin. My looks grow on everyone, at first people squeal when they see me but once they touch me, pet me and tug on my skin they are sold! My mommy got me because her dad is terribly allergic to cats and he isn\'t allergic to me, in fact he adores me and I sleep with him whenever I get a chance to. When he calls me I come running! I love to rub against whiskery faces! We Sphynxes do need baths regularly and we must stay inside for our own protection. We eat a lot of food and are usually extremely animated and friendly. We really aren\'t ugly, we are unique and beautiful! I hope your mom lets you adopt a Sphynx she will never regret it!
  • Maggie CrabtreeMaggie Crabtree DetroitMember Posts: 94
    edited 19 July, 2007
    We have two sphynx and they are FABULOUS! To meet one is to fall in LOVE! They are DEFINATELY more high maintenance (baths, ear cleaning) BUT worth every single second of it!
  • Aimee SoberoAimee Sobero IndioMember Posts: 12
    edited 7 September, 2007
    Purchasing a Sphynx is something you will NEVER regret. They are so curious as to what their human family members are always doing. They love to be in the mix of things. Look down at your heels and most likely, your Sphynx will be tagging along behind you. I guess my only advice would be to shop carefully for your Sphynx. Make sure the breeder is reputable, and preferably in your area so you can physically see the kittens before you make any decisions. My fiance is highly allergic to cats, and has never complained of any allergy symptoms with any of our hairless companions. Their love and loyalty is one-of-a-kind, and I\'ve never experienced such joy with a pet! Good luck!
  • Sara NeukirchnerSara Neukirchner Yuba CityMember Posts: 11
    edited 1 February, 2008
    I too am allergic to cats, but my three Sphynx dont bother me at all!!
  • Cindy Ross FriedmanCindy Ross Friedman KamloopsMember Posts: 27
    edited 30 July, 2009
    Hello! Just found this Sphynx discussion group. Sorry no one seems to have answered the Q in many of the posts. I will try to help where I can! As for allergies, most people are allergic to the dander and saliva-based PROTEIN secreted by cats, not the fur itself. Thus, a Sphynx will, more often than not, still cause an allergic reaction. The reaction might be delayed, as a Sphynx does not leave hair lying around, but the reaction will likely still happen. Please visit a house where Sphynxes live for a few hours before thinking about bringing one home. I still caused a reaction in my mother-in-law. Hmmm...pawrhaps there ARE some benefits...
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