Sphynx Cat care: hygiene and grooming tips

Given its lack of hair, the Sphynx needs to be cleaned regularly: let’s see how to take care of it best.

The care of the Sphynx is essential for the cat to be healthy: a poor hygiene, in fact, would risk exposing the specimens of this breed to infections and skin problems. Let’s find out everything there is to know about the naked kitty’s toilet.

How to take care of the Sphynx

It is evident from the first impact: the Sphynx is a decidedly unique cat, not only because of its appearance, but also for its loving and cuddly character.

However, the fact that it does not have a mantle makes it exposed to potential problems, including:

  • Pigmentary urticaria;
  • Dermatitis;
  • Infections;
  • Otitis and ear problems.

The reason why the naked cat is much more delicate than other breeds is represented by the accumulation of sebum and other secretions . Not having bristles on which to distribute, in fact, these substances remain on the animal’s epidermis.

By doing so, they form a layer on which dirt and dust settle. For this reason, taking care of the Sphynx is a very important operation, to be carried out regularly. The grooming of the naked cat includes the cleaning of:

  • Body;
  • Eyes;
  • Ears;
  • Nails.

Body cleansing

Washing the Sphynx is essential: this cat, in fact, tends to get dirty easily.

For this, the recommended grooming frequency is every 10 days. In some cases, however, the operation should be repeated at shorter intervals. For example, in the summer, or when the cat spends time in the garden.

Generally, the specimens of this breed do not hate water. The best move, however, is to make sure that the wash is quick and gentle, so as not to over-stress the animal.

The Sphynx should be washed with warm water and neutral detergent, with the help of a sponge. After that, it will be necessary to wrap it in a cloth and dry it carefully, so as to prevent it from catching cold.

Hygiene of the ears and eyes

Proper care of the Sphynx also includes cleaning the cat’s eyes and ears.

As we have mentioned, in fact, ocular secretions and earwax, if not removed regularly, could accumulate causing irritation and disturbances.

How to clean a cat’s ears ? The best advice is to use specific products on the market. After introducing a few drops of cleanser into the cat’s ear canal, the base of the ear will need to be massaged.

Doing so will help dissolve all impurities. As for cleaning the eyes of the Sphynx, however, you can simply use a sterile gauze, soaked in warm water.

Taking care of the Sphynx’s nails

Finally, taking proper care of the Sphynx also includes regularly trimming and cleaning its nails.

Even in this area, in fact, dirt tends to accumulate. How to proceed? To do this, you will need to use a clipper or nail clipper.

After grabbing the cat’s paw, exerting slight pressure so that the cat pulls out its claws, only the sharp part of the nail must be removed.

Subsequently, with a damp cloth you can remove the layer of black sebum accumulated in excess both on the claws and on the surrounding skin.

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