How do you keep a Sphynx cat clean?

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Although not actually hairless, the Sphynx is lightly covered in “fuzz” and must live as an indoor cat. When exposed to direct sunlight, these cats can get life-threatening skin burns or, over time, develop skin cancers.

You certainly do not have to brush this cat, but most people do not realize that with no fur to absorb the oil from the skin, a Sphynx can get absolutely greasy — to the point of leaving brown stains on the furniture. At least once a week, you will need to wipe the cat down with a warm, moist cloth.

This extends to washing the animal’s feet and toes and tending to their anal area, a chore that may be necessary on a more frequent basis as this is an especially easy spot for skin oils to build up. Neglect this part of the routine, and you may get kitty “butt prints” on the upholstery

Because the Sphynx is very cold natured, do not use a cold cloth and always make certain the animals has a warm bed to crawl into after its “bath.” At the same time you’re wiping down the coat, you’ll want to look at the cat’s ears.

The Sphynx is particularly prone to a build-up of ear wax, so keeping this in check is a necessary part of the animal’s maintenance. You never want to try to clean deep in a cat’s ear canal, but you will need to examine the outer ear for wax and debris and remove that either gently with your fingernail, or with a moist swab.

The Sphynx is often a good choice for people who suffer from allergies, but this is not necessarily a “hypoallergenic” cat. The Sphynx is, however, very active and interactive. They are intelligent, demand attention, and can perform acrobatic feats like veritable monkeys.

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