How do you keep a Sphynx cat warm?
The Sphynx is one of the few cats who will not only submit to playing “dress up,” but actually enjoys it. Essentially, these cats walk around naked all the time! There are sites online to buy Sphynx-specific clothing that is better tailored to the size and shape of the feline body than dog apparel, which is, granted, more readily available but tends to be too broad to fit well.
And don’t make the mistake of thinking the Sphynx just gets cold in the winter. Especially if your home has central air, make sure your cat stays warm year round even if that means wearing a light sweater in Arizona in July.
It’s also a good idea to have plenty of fleece blankets lying around the house in close proximity to heating vents or favorite pieces of furniture. Heated cat beds are available, and are a better option than using a human heating pad since the temperature is regulated for safe use with pets.
Sphynx cats are big cuddlers. You’re not only their human after all, but also a valuable source of body warmth. If you’re wearing an over-sized sweater and you have a Sphynx cat, expect him to be basically “in your pocket” in short order.
When exposed to direct sun, the Sphynx is prone to both sunburns and skin cancers. All cats will find their favorite sun puddles, but if your Sphynx has a favorite window sill and spends hours there, consider applying a UV film to the window to cut down on the amount of potentially harmful radiation falling on the animal’s exposed skin.
Should you have a knitter in the house, a “tube” style sweater with arms for the front legs is an especially good option for the Sphynx since it provides the necessary warmth while leaving the tail region free.