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Sphynx Care & Health Information

Your Sphynx kitten will need special care to make sure they stay healthy. Follow the tips below to keep your kitten with that fresh naked glow

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Sphynx Characteristics and Breed Information 

The Sphynx is a unique and fascinating breed that is known for its hairless appearance and affectionate personality. While many people are initially drawn the Sphynx because of their strange appearance, they quickly fall in love with their warm loving personality. Sphynx cats are incredibly affectionate and thrive on human attention. These cats are highly intelligent and playful, making them a great choice for families with children or other pets. If you're looking for a loyal and loving companion, the Sphynx be the perfect breed for you."

Personality and Temperament

This feline is a social butterfly with a larger-than-life personality. Sphynx crave attention and affection from its human companions and will go to great lengths to get it. However, if left alone for too long, the Sphynx can become despondent and destructive, making it unsuitable for families that don't want a high level of involvement from their pet. The Sphynx is known for its intelligence and curiosity. This cat loves to explore its surroundings and will often get into mischief. It's also vocal breed, with a wide range of meows, chirps, and trills to communicate with its humans. Sphynx have a warm and affectionate nature, making it a beloved companion for those who can handle its high energy and demanding personality.

Breed History

While it may seem like Sphynx have been around forever, the breed is a relatively new breed of cat that began in Toronto, Canada in the 1960s. The first Sphynx cat was named Prune, and she was born in Toronto, Canada in 1966. Prune was a domestic shorthair cat with a genetic mutation that caused her to be hairless. Prune was known for her affectionate and playful personality, which has become a hallmark of the Sphynx breed. Despite her lack of fur, Prune was a beloved pet and a true pioneer of the Sphynx breed. Today, Sphynx cats are recognized around the world for their unique appearance and loving personalities, and it all started with Prune, the first Sphynx cat.

The Synx breed was officially recognized by the Fanciers' Association (CFA) 1985, and since then, it has become a popular breed among cat lovers. The Sphynx breed was officially recognized by The International Association (TICA) 1986, just one year after it was recognized by (CFA). Since then, the Sphynx breed has continued to gain popularity among cat lovers around the world.

Sphynx Breed Standard

The Sphynx cat has a medium-length body with ample musculature, a rounded abdomen, chest, and rump. Its head is a modified wedge shape that is slightly longer than it is wide. The cheekbones are prominent, and the whisker break and whisker pads give the muzzle a square profile. The eyes are large and lemon-shaped, with wide centers and well-defined points on either side. The outer edges of the eyes are tilted slightly upward, aligning with the outer base of the ear.

The ears are large to very large in size, with broad bases and upright carriage. The outer base of the ear is set at the same level as the eye. Sphynx cats may be completely hairless, or they may have very short, fine, peach fuzz that gives the cats a’ hairless appearance. Whiskers, when present, are short and sparse. The bridge of the nose has a normal coating, and fine hair might be present on the feet, the tail, the scrotum, and the outer edges of the ears.

Wrinkled skin is the norm, and is desirable, particularly between the ears, around the shoulders, and in the muzzle area. The legs are sturdy and well-muscled, and are proportionate to the body. The hind legs are slightly longer than the forelegs. The paws are oval-shaped, with prominent, well-knuckled toes and thick pads. The Sphynx cat’s tail is long and rat-like, but proportionate to the body’s length. It has a fine taper with a pointed end.

Sphynx Health Infomation

Sphynx cats are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they can be prone to certain health issues. It's to be aware of these concerns so you can keep your cat healthy and happy. Some common issues in Sphynx cats include skin problems, heart disease, dental and respiratory issues.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

HCM and Sphynx Cats

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common heart disease in cats, and Sphynx cats are particularly susceptible to this condition. HCM is characterized by the thickening of the heart muscle, particularly the left ventricle. This thickening can impair the heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently, leading to various health issues and potentially severe complications such as heart failure, blood clots, or sudden cardiac death.


Symptoms of HCM in Sphynx Cats

HCM can be challenging to detect in its early stages because cats are often adept at hiding signs of illness. However, as the disease progresses, certain symptoms may become apparent:

  • Rapid or labored breathing

  • Lethargy or decreased activity

  •  Loss of appetite

  • Coughing or wheezing

  • Fainting or collapse

  • Sudden paralysis in the hind legs (due to blood clots)

It's essential for Sphynx cat owners to be vigilant and seek veterinary care if any of these symptoms are observed. However, it is important to note that many cats with HCM will never have any symptoms and can be otherwise, unremarkably healthy appearing. That's why it is so important to be proactive and have your cat scanned annually after they have reached the age of 12- months.

Diagnosis of HCM

Diagnosing HCM in Sphynx cats typically involves a combination of physical examinations, imaging, and sometimes genetic testing. The gold standard for diagnosing HCM is an echocardiogram (heart ultrasound), performed by a board-certified veterinary cardiologist. This test allows the veterinarian to visualize the heart’s structure and function, measuring the thickness of the heart muscle and identifying any abnormalities in the heart’s movement.

Genetic Testing for HCM Risk

A recent breakthrough from North Carolina State University (NCSU) has led to the discovery of a gene associated with an increased risk of developing HCM in Sphynx cats. This genetic test involves analyzing a DNA sample from the cat to determine the presence of this risk factor gene. While this test is an exciting development, it is important to note that it is not a definitive diagnostic tool. Cats that test positive for the gene may be at a higher risk, but it does not guarantee they will develop HCM. Similarly, cats that test negative are not immune to the disease.

Ongoing Monitoring and Recommendations

Given the genetic predisposition of Sphynx cats to HCM, regular heart monitoring is crucial. At Pink Palace Sphynx, we prioritize the health of our breeding cats by HCM DNA profiling all breeding cats and conducting echocardiograms every 6-9 months with a board-certified cardiologist. We recommend that pet owners have their Sphynx cats undergo annual heart scans to detect any early signs of HCM. Early detection is key. Sphynx cats with HCM and live a long healthy life, but early detection is key. For the peace of mind of our pet buyers, Pink Palace Sphynx offers an HCM guarantee. This guarantee ensures that if any of our pet kittens develops HCM within the first two years of life, we will work with the owner to provide support and solutions. HCM is a multi-factored disease. Meaning genetics (and breeding) may contribute to some cases, there are many other factors that could lead to your sphynx being diagnosed with HCM. 

HCM is a significant health concern for Sphynx cats, but with diligent monitoring and early detection, affected cats can live longer, healthier lives. Regular echocardiograms by a board-certified cardiologist are essential for early diagnosis and management. 

Skin Issues in Sphynx Cats

Sphynx cats require special care to maintain their unique skin. Due to the lack of fur, their skin is exposed and vulnerable to various issues that potential pet buyers and enthusiasts should be aware of. Here’s a thorough explanation of the common skin concerns in Sphynx cats.


Yeast Infections

Sphynx cats are prone to yeast infections due to the accumulation of oils on their skin. Without fur to absorb these oils, they can build up and create an ideal environment for yeast growth. Symptoms of a yeast infection include:

  • Greasy or oily skin

  • Redness or inflammation

  • A distinctive, often unpleasant odor

Regular bathing with a gentle, vet-approved shampoo can help manage and prevent yeast infections (see Bathing & Grooming). Ensuring the skin is thoroughly dried after bathing is also essential to prevent moisture buildup.



Ringworm is a fungal infection that affects the skin, nails, and hair. Despite its name, it is not caused by a worm but by fungi called dermatophytes. Sphynx cats can contract ringworm from other infected animals, humans, or contaminated objects. Symptoms include:

  •  Circular, red, and itchy patches on the skin

  • Scaly or crusty skin

  • Hair loss around the affected areas (though minimal in Sphynx cats due to their lack of fur)

Treatment involves antifungal RX medications like Intrafungol or Terbinafine, topical creams, and maintaining a clean environment to prevent the spread of the fungus.


Urticaria Pigmentosa

Urticaria pigmentosa, also known as "mastocytosis," is a condition that causes raised, dark-colored lesions on the skin. These lesions can be itchy and sometimes lead to more severe allergic reactions. While the exact cause is unknown, it is believed to be related to an abnormal accumulation of mast cells in the skin.

Managing this condition typically involves antihistamines to control itching and inflammation, as well as regular veterinary check-ups to monitor the cat's skin health.

Sunburn and the Importance of Indoor Living for Sphynx Cats

Due to their lack of fur, Sphynx cats are highly susceptible to sunburn. Their exposed skin can easily be damaged by the sun's ultraviolet rays, leading to painful burns and increasing the risk of skin cancer. 

Indoor living not only protects Sphynx cats from sunburn but also keeps them safe from various outdoor hazards, ensuring they lead healthy and comfortable lives.

Skin Cancers

Due to their lack of protective fur, Sphynx cats are more susceptible to skin cancers, particularly if they are frequently exposed to direct sunlight. Types of skin cancer that can affect Sphynx cats include:

  • Squamous cell carcinoma

  • Basal cell carcinoma

  • Melanoma

Signs to watch for include unusual lumps, sores that do not heal, or changes in the color or size of existing skin lesions. Preventative measures include minimizing sun exposure and applying pet-safe sunscreen on the skin when necessary.


Parasites, Fleas, and Ticks

Despite their lack of fur, Sphynx cats are still at risk for parasites such as fleas and ticks. These pests can cause a range of issues, from mild irritation and itching to more severe allergic reactions and infections. Signs of infestation include:

  • Excessive scratching or biting at the skin

  • Red or inflamed areas

  • Visible fleas, ticks, or flea dirt on the skin

Preventative measures such as regular use of vet-recommended flea and tick preventatives are crucial. Keeping the cat's living environment clean and free from parasites also helps in preventing infestations.

Hyperpigmentation in Sphynx Cats

Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition in Sphynx cats, where scratches, wounds, or even minor abrasions can heal with darkened patches of skin. This condition occurs because, unlike furred cats, Sphynx cats have no fur to conceal their scars or scratches, making every mark more visible.


Is Hyperpigmentation Normal?

Yes, hyperpigmentation is normal for Sphynx cats. When scratches or wounds heal, it is common for the affected area to appear darker. Most of the time, this pigmentation will fade over time, but occasionally, it may remain as a permanent mark. This visibility of scars and scratches is a unique aspect of owning a Sphynx cat, as their hairless skin shows what would otherwise be hidden under fur in other cats.

Managing Hyperpigmentation

While hyperpigmentation is generally harmless and a normal part of healing, there are a few steps you can take to manage your Sphynx cat's skin health:

  • Proper Wound Care: Ensure that any scratches or wounds are cleaned and treated promptly to minimize infection and scarring.

  • Regular Baths: Regular bathing with a gentle, vet-approved shampoo can help maintain healthy skin and reduce the likelihood of skin issues that could lead to hyperpigmentation.

  • Preventing Injuries: Minimize situations where your Sphynx cat might get scratched or wounded, such as rough play or interactions with other animals.

Hyperpigmentation is a natural occurrence in Sphynx cats that owners should expect. While it often fades, sometimes it may remain as a unique mark on your cat's skin. Embracing these characteristics is part of the charm of owning a Sphynx cat, highlighting their distinct and lovable nature. If you have concerns about your cat's skin or any unusual changes, consult your veterinarian for advice and care.

Gastrointestinal (GI) Issues in Sphynx Cats

Sphynx cats, with their unique physiology and sensitive systems, can be prone to various gastrointestinal (GI) issues. These can range from mild digestive upsets to more severe conditions that require careful management. Understanding these potential GI concerns and knowing how to manage them is crucial for the health and well-being of your Sphynx cat.

Common GI Issues in Sphynx Cats

Diarrhea and Loose Stools:

Diarrhea is a frequent complaint from Sphynx cat owners. Most of the time diarrea and loose stool is caused by diet. Either changing diet too quickly or feeding a diet that is inapprinappropriate for your sphynx (vegtables, furits, and gains) or by food intolerances. See the Food and Nutrition section for our recommendations for feeding your sphynx. Occasionally, your sphynx could have stress or baterial and parasitic infections that could be causing their wet stools and Diarrhea. 

Loose stool and diarrhea should be idenitfied and managed quickly as it can lead to dehydration quickly in both kittens and adult sphynx. You can use stool firmers like Pro-Pectin and Immodium AD to control occasional loose stool and diarrhea, but frequent diarrhea should be discussed with your vet. This is not normal or expected from sphynx

Food Allergies and Intolerances:
Sphynx cats may develop allergies or intolerances to certain foods, resulting in GI distress. Common allergens include dairy, chicken, gains, and some fish. Cats should eat food appropriate for felines. Sphynx are notorious for eating things they are not supposed to, like table scraps and discarded food. However, cats are obligate carnivores. They do not tolorate vegetables, sugars, dairy and other processed human food. Even if it is cute when your cat wants to share a meal with you, it's not worth the digestive upset later. 

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD):
 Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a chronic condition characterized by inflammation of the GI tract, leading to symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, and poor appetite. The exact cause of IBD is not well understood, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic, dietary, and environmental factors. Diagnosis typically involves a combination of blood tests, imaging, and sometimes a biopsy.

IBD Management: 

For cats diagnosed with IBD, a specialized diet, often hypoallergenic or novel protein-based, can help manage symptoms. Medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs, immune modulators, or corticosteroids may be prescribed by your veterinarian. Ongoing monitoring and adjustments to the treatment plan are crucial for managing IBD effectively.


Managing GI Issues in Sphynx Cats

To manage and prevent GI issues in Sphynx cats, consider the following dietary and lifestyle recommendations:

  • Raw Food Diet:

    • A raw food diet can be beneficial for some Sphynx cats, providing them with natural, unprocessed nutrients that can improve digestion and reduce GI issues. Ensure the raw food diet is balanced and prepared safely to avoid the risk of bacterial contamination. Consulting with a veterinarian or a pet nutritionist is recommended when transitioning to a raw food diet.

  • High-Quality Probiotics:

    • Probiotics can help maintain a healthy gut flora, improving digestion and reducing the incidence of GI problems. Look for high-quality, vet-recommended probiotic supplements designed specifically for cats.

  • Gradual Diet Changes:

    • When introducing new foods, make changes gradually over a week or more to allow your cat’s digestive system to adjust. Sudden changes in diet can lead to digestive upsets such as diarrhea or vomiting.

  • Hydration:

    • Ensure your Sphynx cat has constant access to fresh, clean water to prevent dehydration, which can contribute to constipation and other GI issues. Wet food can also help increase your cat’s water intake.

  • High-Quality Commercial Cat Food:

    • If a raw food diet is not feasible, choose high-quality commercial cat foods with natural ingredients and minimal fillers or artificial additives. Opt for grain-free options if your cat has shown signs of grain intolerance.

  • Regular Feeding Schedule:

    • Maintain a regular feeding schedule to support your cat’s digestive rhythm and prevent overeating, which can lead to GI issues.

    • Smaller, more frequent meals can be easier on the digestive system compared to one or two large meals.

  • Monitoring and Veterinary Care:

    • Regularly monitor your Sphynx cat’s stool consistency, appetite, and overall health. Schedule regular veterinary check-ups to catch and address any GI issues early.

Diet and Nutrition 

It's mportant to remember that while your sphynx is not made to be outside, it is still a predator by nature. As obligate carnivores, your sphynx will need a high-quality high protien diet made from animal sources. We feed our cats a high-quality human-grade raw diet here at Pink Palace Sphynx and allow our cats to free feed on kibble in-between meals. Your kitten from Pink Palace will be provided raw for their first meals and will slowly be acclimated to eating dry kibble.  We always encourage that our pet parents continue with raw feeding, but we also understand that raw feeding is a lifestyle choice. We would never force this on anyone.  Below you will find what we recommend feeding your sphynx kitten for whatever choice you make.  

Sphynx Kittens vs Adult Sphynx

Sphynx kittens will have different nutritional needs than our adult sphynx. They will need a diet that provides adequate nutrition for their growing bodies.

A few things to consider when you are getting a new kitten:

  • Calories should never be restricted on a kitten under 12 months. Kittens should be fed frequently and be allowed to eat until they are completely satiated. If feeding a raw or wet food diet, provide the kitten with a dish of raw and continue adding spoonfuls of raw until they stop eating. If you are feeding primarily kibble, kibble should be left out and accessible to the kitten at all times. 

  • Kittens on a raw or wet food diet only should be fed 3-4 times a day. We would recommend still allowing free feeding of kibble for kittens under 12 months old in case your feeding schedule ever needs to be adjusted and feedings may be missed. 

  • Kittens need higher levels of protien, amino acids, and other vitamins like calcium to grow. Adult kibble is not appropriate for kittens under 12 months. Neither is canned food meant for adults. Your sphynx kitten will need a kitten-specific food. If it doesn't state that it is for a kitten, it is safest to bet it is not. 

  • Kittens need shorter food and water bowls. They need access to clean and fresh water. If they can't reach it, they cannot drink it. Water fountains with moving water are great, but often your brand new sphynx will not be able to access the water in them. Plan for all the stages your kitten will go through.

Adult Sphynx do not need to eat as much or as often as kittens do. The leading cause to heart disease is obesity. I love a fat cat just as much as the next person, but our breed already has a higher previlance of cardiomyapathy and HCM. Their weight should be monitored and adjusted with that in mind. Sphynx being fed raw should be fed 5-7% of their ideal body weight in raw meat per day, split between 2 meals. A kibble fed adult should eat about 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup of kibble twice a day. 

Feeding supplies we recomend for Adult Sphynx:

  • PetKit Eversweet Max Cordless Water Fountain. Hands down the best waterer we have ever used. Silent, easy to clean, and easy to read if the water is clean, needs to be refilled, monitors how often the cat is drinking and can be controlled remotely. 

  • PetKit Yumshare Automatic Feeder - This makes feeding a breeze. Set your feeding schedule in the app and let it do all the work. You can monitor how often your cats are eating, if they are visiting in between meals, you can control it remotely if you're on vacation and the cats need additional feedings, and you can even speak to them through the device. LOVE. Worth the money.

  • Raised Stainless Steel Cat bowls - I love these. So easy to clean and budget friendly. 

  • PIXI Drinking fountain - This is a budget friendly water fountain. Keeps the water very clean. Fairly easy to clean

  • Honey Comb Slow Feeding Bowl: We love this for raw. It has suction ups so it doesn't move

  • Slow Feeding Puzzle Bowl: This is for our fast eating cats. Really slows them down

Kibble and Commercial Foods

Although we primarily feed a raw food diet, all of our sphynx kittens and adults are introduced and offered a dry kibble as well. We do free feed our adults and kittens. We do not find that our cats will overeat on kibble if they know raw is coming. I do not recommend free feeding adults in kibble only homes. Commerical kibbles have a lot of calories and carbohydrates that can lead to obesity and other health problems if access is not restricted. 

Our kittens are fed a 50/50 mix of Purina Pro Plan Kitten mix and Wellness Core Kitten Mix. We will send them home with a small bag of this mix. It is recommended that you keep them on one or the other. If you would like to feed your kitten something else, please transition them slowly over 2-weeks. Adding a few tablespoons per day of the new kibble. Sudden diet changes will cause digestive upset that could lead to soft or liquid stool, and surely upset your kitten. 

After 12 months of age we switch our adults to a 50/50 mix of Purina Pro Plan Sensative Stomach and Wellness Core High Protien Adult. 

The Importance of Moisture in a Sphynx Cat's Diet

Proper hydration is vital for Sphynx cats. Here are some key tips to ensure your cat stays hydrated:

  • Feed Moist Foods: Incorporate raw or canned food into their diet to provide natural moisture. We never recommend a full dry kibble diet. We always suggest that pet parents incorporate some wet food, raw or canned, into their cat's diet.

    • Some canned cat foods we have tried and our cats enjoyed:​

      • Tiki Cat - High in protien and includes non-gmo ingredients​

      • Ziwi Peak - High moisuture content, they have novel protien sources, and cats devour it!

      • Rawz - Single protien reciepes, high in protien and low in Carbs. 

      • Nulo Shredded - Budget friendly and cats loved it.

  • Use Water Fountains: Cats prefer moving water, so a water fountain can encourage them to drink more.

  • Multiple Water Sources: Place several water bowls or fountains around your home for easy access.

  • Flavor Enhancements: Add a small amount of water or low-sodium broth to their food to increase moisture intake.

Probiotics and Gut Health

Probiotics play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy digestive system for Sphynx cats. These beneficial bacteria help balance the gut flora, improving digestion and nutrient absorption. They can also enhance the immune system and reduce the risk of gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea and constipation. Including high-quality probiotics in your Sphynx cat's diet can lead to better overall health and well-being.

Some recommendations for probiotics we use and love:

Treats, Treats, and More Treats!

Rewarding your Sphynx cat with treats is a great way to strengthen your bond and reinforce positive behavior. However, making smart and healthy choices is crucial for maintaining their overall well-being. Choosing treats that are high in protein, low in carbohydrates, and free from artificial additives ensures your Sphynx cat receives nutritional benefits with each indulgence. Remember to offer treats in moderation to maintain a balanced diet and avoid weight gain. By selecting treats wisely, you contribute to your Sphynx cat’s overall health and happiness, making each rewarding moment both enjoyable and beneficial.

Here are some of our favorite treats!:

Raw Feeding, Prey Model, and Freeze Dried Raw 

Q. What is the raw food diet?

A. Simply put, it is the practice of feeding your cat raw meat as their primary source of food. It is viewed as biologically appropriate and more readily bioavailable to your domesticated predator. The idea is to provide a diet that resembles what a cat would eat in the wild. 

Q. What are the benefits of Raw Diet?

A. Raw diets appear to be many benefits for your cat. Raw diets provide cats with the high levels of proiten and essential amino acids like taurine and arginine that they need to thrive. The diet is low in carbohydrates compared to canned food and kibble that cats don't need in their diets. Diebetes in cats can come from high levels of carbohydrates that are in commercial cat foods and kibbles. These excess carbohydates can lead to obisity, inflamation, and arthritis later in life. 

Raw contains significantly less ingredients than commercial cat foods and undergo minimal processing comparatively. Sphynx tend to have less allergic reactions to raw meat diets. The raw meat contains a lot of moisture. Cat's need moisture in their diets due to their tendancy to not drink as much water as they need. . In the wild your cat would be eating primarily meat and organ based diets that contain 70% water. Kibble contains less than 10% moisture. 

Advocates of raw meat diets claim so see better bowel movements and gut health, lower incidence of diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, urinary tract infections, lowered taurine deficiency, ear issues, sebum production, chronic skin infections, cleaner teeth, healthier skin and coats, and more. 

Q. Are there any cons?

A. Nothing is without cons. I want to be clear that this is a lifestyle choice. This requires preparation, a time and financial-committment, has sanitary requirments, and if not done correctly could cause nutritional deficiencies in your cats diet. I am only providing a brief overview here. I have a raw feeding guide and will support any pet parent through navigating a raw food diet more in depth should they choose that it's right for them, but at the end of the day, a raw food diet will not be for everyone. And that's ok!

Some things you should consider before deciding on a raw food diet for your cat:

  • Will you make your own? Will you buy premade balanced raw? 

  • Can you afford to feed raw consistently? It is going to be more expensive that a commercial cat food. Especially if you buy a pre-made balanced raw. 

  • Can you be home to feed your cats twice a day?

  • Do you have the space to store as much raw meat as your cat will eat?

  • Do you have children to think about? Raw meat can carry bacteria and salmonella. Can you keep it out of the little human hands in your house?

  • Will your vet support you in your food choices?

  • Will I remember to make or order the raw consistently? Raw is not available at most pet stores. You need to plan if you're buying pre-made raw or making your own. No back-up plan

Q. Where do you get your raw?

A. We have made our own in the past, but decided that isn't right for us and our busy lifestyle. We do from time to time still make some of our own meat for the cats using some of the animals we raise on our property, but we mostly buy pre-made raw. However, I am happy to hand off the recipe we used to make our own for many years. 

Some pre-made raw companies we have used in the past and enjoyed are:

  • For those of you close to us in Illinois. We use Farm 2 Bowl . They are great people, prices are fair, and we can drive locally to pick it up

  • For those that need shipping: Simply Rawesome is great! We have used them for a long -time and my cats will hold out for their raw. They also have a lot of options for prey model, freeze dried, and supplements

  • If you want organic single ingredient recipes, Viva Raw is excellent. Highly recommend. 

  • There are so many more. If you have any recommendations to add, send me and email and I'll add them

What is Prey Model Raw Feeding?

A. Prey model is another form of raw feeding that includes whole prey including feathers, fur, organs, blood, and glads. I do not follow a prey model, but can give you resources if this is something that interests you. 

What is Freeze Dried Raw?

A. Freeze dried raw is an amazing option for those people who want to feed raw food, but want a food that is readily available at pet stores, don't have the time to make their own, and don't want to have to worry about making it balanced. Freeze dried raw is nutriently equal to raw, just without any moisture. You can rehydrate it in just a few minutes and the cats can't tell the difference. Freeze dried items inhibit the growth of mold, yeast, and bacteria. Giving it a more stable shelf-life than frozen raw. 

Brands we recommend:

Bathing and Grooming

Sphynx are a unique breed due to their their lack of fur. Their hairlessness adds an additional level of care above the needs of your average cat. While you won't spend hours meticulously brushing them, they will need regular bathing and grooming to keep their skin and ears healthy. Below we will dig into some of the essentials to keeping your sphynx clean and well groomed, by answering some of the most common questions we get asked by new sphynx parents. 

Q. How often do I need to bathe my sphynx cat?

A. There isn't a straight forward answer for this question. The frequency of bathing will be detemind by each individual cat's needs. Sphynx cats produce an oily substance called sebum. The sebaceous glands that produce this oil, usually sit next to the hair follicles in the dermis. Cats with fur will have the benefit of their hair wicking away this oil from their skin. This prevents the build up of oils. Sphynx have no where for their oils to go. So it accumulates on their skin, ears, and inbetween the folds of their skin. This accumulation creates the ideal environment for yeast and other bacterias to cause problems for our sphynx cats and kittens (Jump to the Health Section to find out more about skin issues for sphynx). Finding the right frequency of bathing for your sphynx will be a bit of trial and error at first. Remember that your sphynx skin is like your skin, the more you strip the natural oils from the skin, the more oil it will produce. If you bathe too frequently, you can dry the skin out and the skin will over compensate by producing more oils. On the other hand, not bathing enough will put your cat at risk for skin infections. 

The amount of oils created by each cat will be affected by a variety of things. Diet, genetics, products used for cleaning, and enivronmental factors can all influence the level of sebum your cat produces. Some sphynx will need frequent bathing, while others can get by for months with just touch ups with warm water and a washcloth. We find that a high quality raw food diet does significantly reduce the amount of sebum produced by our sphynx cats. However, raw feeding is a lifestyle choice. A high-quality kibble in conjunction with a canned wet food can also help keep oil production to a minimum (See the Feeding Section for more info more information on feeding your sphynx). 

The products you use do make a difference. We recommend a gentle cleanser and a washcloth. I've put together a list of a few products we like to use here in the cattery:

Q. How do I bathe my Sphynx? Do they like water?

A. Not all Sphynx cats like water, but we are lucky our breed is generally tolerant to most conditions typical cats would not be as accepting of. We take careful consideration when we're rearing litters to introduce them to water early and to make bath-time fun. I find it best to bathe cats during the quietest time in your home. Right before a big party or when children are running around making loud noises may not be the best time to give your cat a bath. You set the tone for your sphynx. If you're calm, it will help them relax. I recommend talking soft and sweetly to your sphynx throughout the process (even if they're not being sweet back). Sphynx are very human oriented and enjoy your attention. Let them know they are doing a good job!


Some other quick tips for bath-time success are:

  • Fill the tub with warm water before bringing the cat into the bathroom. The loud noise from the water filling the tub will give your cat anxiety.

  • Move slow and gentle. Fast movements and high energy only feed your sphynx's fears and will encourage them to try to escape.  

  • Bring treats! I have lickable treats on me almost all the time. Take time to praise all their good efforts. 

  • Allow your cat in the bathroom outside of bath time. Don't worry, you'll never use the bathroom alone again after you have a sphynx anyway. You don't want the only time your sphynx sees the bathroom is at times of stress. They will associate it with negative emotions. 

  • Have all of your supplies ready. The towel for drying laid out, your washcloth in arms reach, and your shampoo open and ready to go. There is nothing worse than fumbling with a bottle of shampoo and a wet cat. 

  • It never hurts to have a Feliway Cat Calming Diffuser plugged in to help keep them calm.  

Q. Does my Sphynx need moisturizers or sunscreen?

The simple answer is no. Your sphynx should not need moistuizers or sunscreen. Once you find the right frequency of bathing for your sphynx, you should not need any additional moisturizers. If your cat's skin is dry, you're likely overbathing. If your cat is frequently dirty and this is why you're bathing frequently, this may come as a shock, but you're likely overbathing. Take a step back from the frequent baths and let your cat sit in its oils a bit. Throw a sweater or shirt on and let their skin get back to homeostasis. It's my experience living with many sphynx, that the first step in correcting dry and oily skin is to try bathing less. Give them a few weeks to oil bloom out and restablish a good oil balance. Take the break from bathing to really check in with how much water your cat is drinking and see if they are getting enough moisture in their diet. Cats are notorious for not drinking enough water, sphynx are no different. Try getting a water fountain with moving water to encourage more water intake, or add an additional can or raw feeding to their schedule. This will correct 9 / 10 dry skin issues. If you've done both of these and it's still an issue see your vet. Your sphynx may have a more serious health issue that needs to be addressed. 

As far as sun screen goes, there is no truly cat safe sunscreen. Remember Pet-friendly does not mean safe. Pet products are not often tested by the FDA and the effectiveness is completely unknown. Sphynx lick their skin A LOT! Even products that claim to be zinc free can cause serious tummy issues for our sphynx friends. Salicylates inside of sunscreens have been known to cause ulcers and even liver damage. Zinc oxides can build up in the bloostream of your cat and cause toxicity, damage to red blood cells, allergic reactions, and at best they can also irritate their skin. 


That being said, skin cancer is a real threat for sphynx. Prevention is key. A few things to consider for your sphynx and the sun:

  • Sphynx are not made to live outside. They should never be indoor/outdoor cats.​

  • Sphynx can spend about 15 minutes a day in direct sunlight outdoors or basking in the sun

  • There are UV protective clothing and carriers you can put on your sphynx if they are going to be outside for longer periods of time:

Q. What About Sphynx Ears, Nails, and Butts?

A. Ahhh yes, the good stuff. Sebum gets everywhere on our Sphynx friends. Including their ears and nails. So much so, that vets and pet parents with little experience with the breed often think that their cat has ear or yeast infections in these places. To avoid any unnecessary antibiotics and antifungals, sphynx parents should make cleaning ears and nails a part of their weekly routine. Ears can be cleaned with some ear drops and a warm wet washcloth or cotton round. Please do not use Q-Tips in your cat's ears. Just like human ears, you can push oils and wax into the cat's ears and cause serious issues for your sphynx. 

When cleaning the ear, drop a few drops of ear cleaner into the ear and gently wipe away the excess sebum in the places you can see and reach without entering the ear canal. You should do this on a weekly basis, and more often if you notice frquent build up in-between cleanings. If you notice any redness, swelling, scabs, mites, or other irritation, you should take your cat to be examined by the vet. Some of the products we use for cleaning ears are below:


Nails should be trimmed every other week or as needed. Giving your cat plenty of places to scratch will help the need to trim their nails. Remember that scratching is a normal and natural part of owning a cat. Plan for your cat's desire to scratch by providing safe places to do this like scratching posts or boards. Sphynx nails are covered by a sheathing of skin over the nail. You will need to push the nail completely out and wipe the nail of any excess sebum build up on the nail and under the skin. We put micellular water on a cotton round and wipe the nail and skin with that. You can use a solution made specifcally for nails, or just warm water and a washcloth. Although warm water will take a bit longer than the other options. 

All that leaves is the butts! Some sphynx are not great at gooming their back ends. Some sphynx will need their human counterparts to give them a touch-up here and there in-between baths. I have found that raw feeding really does have an impact here. As raw-fed cats do poop less often and usually have very healthy firm bowel movements. We like to use Water Wipes for our sphynx who need a little clean up. If you want to use wipes like we do, you should make sure they are free of witch hazels and alcohols as they can dry your sphynx's butt out. They do have some pet-specific wipes made for helping anal grands and odors that we have used and loved. 

Litter Boxes, Potty Training, and Inappropriate Bathroom Use

Ensuring proper litter box habits and effective potty training are crucial aspects of caring for a Sphynx cat. This section provides essential guidance on selecting the right litter boxes and litter types, tips for successful potty training, and strategies to address and correct inappropriate bathroom use. Whether you're welcoming a new kitten into your home or seeking solutions for existing challenges, understanding these fundamentals will help create a clean and comfortable environment for your beloved Sphynx companion.

Litter Boxes

Choosing the right litter box and litter type is essential for maintaining a clean and comfortable environment for your Sphynx cat. We recommend using a stainless steel litterbox if you are in a multi-cat household. Stainless steel is made from a highly durable material that is easily sanitized and cleaned. You can find them in a wide variety of sizes for kittens and adults alike. The biggest benefit of stainless steel vs traditional plastic litterboxes are that they are non -porous, don't absorb smells, and make it less likely to spread disease amongst your cat family. You can use them with both clay and pellet litter. They are slightly more expensive, but you will also replace them less. 

Here's a few of our litterbox recommendations:


Litter Type

At Pink Palace Sphynx, we use pine pellets. Pine pellets are a great alternative to traditional clay litter. They are biodegradable, control odors well, and produce less dust. Clay litter, on the other hand, can be more absorbent but tends to be dusty and less environmentally friendly. We usually get our pine pellets are a farm supply store for about $5 for a 40 lb bag. This will last you a long time and save you a lot of money over clay litter. I know not every one has access to a farm-supply store like we do out here in Rural Illinois. Below are some pine pellet or clay alternatives that are easily found in most pet stores:

  • Feline Pine : This is essentially the same thing we use, but specifically marketed towards cats. We've used it, it works great

  • Recycled Paper Pellets : We have used these, and still prefer them to clay litter, however they don't cut the smell as good as pine.

  • Coconut Cat Litter: Natural, Ultra-lightweight, and non tracking Coconut shavings. The only downside is it's non-clumping 

Litter Training

While your kitten will come potty trained, some may need reminders once they enter their new homes. Here are some tips to help your kitten adjust:

  • Start Small: Begin by confining your kitten to a small room or bathroom with a litter box. This helps them learn where the bathroom is and reduces the chance of accidents.

  • Bring Your New Cat to the Box: Bring your new kitten back to the box - a Lot. They know where the box is in the cattery. Your home is a brand new place with lots of places to explore. Remind them where it is. 

  • Multiple Litter Boxes: Little feet only take you so many places so fast. Have more than 1 place to go for your kitten. Kittens are like children, they get so excited to be playing (or sleeping) that they wait to go potty. Give them a chance at success by having several close options no matter where they are. 

  • Gradual Acclimation: Slowly introduce your kitten to the rest of the house one room at a time. This helps prevent overwhelming them and ensures they know where their litter box is as they explore.

  • Litter Box Accessibility: Use short, uncovered litter boxes initially to make it easier for kittens to access. Ensure there are enough litter boxes: one more than the number of cats in the house.

  • Multiple Levels: If you have a multi-story home, place litter boxes on all floors to ensure your kitten has easy access regardless of where they are.

Inappropriate Bathroom Use

If your cat starts using the bathroom outside of the litter box, here are some steps to correct the behavior:

  • Medical Check: First, rule out any medical issues by consulting your veterinarian. Inappropriate bathroom use can sometimes be a sign of health problems. Neutered males especially, are at risk for urinary blockages that can be life threatening if not treated immediately. If you see signs of your cat or kitten struggling to urinate, it is time for the vet or emergency vet right away. Time is of the essence in that situation. 

  • Clean Accidents Thoroughly: Clean any soiled areas thoroughly with an enzyme cleaner to remove all traces of odor. This helps prevent your cat from returning to the same spot.

  • Clean your box more: I hate to say it, but you may be keeping your box more messy than your cat likes. Cats are clean animals. Some cats are very very picky about what they will go to the bathroom in. Your cat may see your basket of clean laundry as a better place to peee than the box with a single poop in it. If this is your cat, you will need to adjust. They likey won't. ​

  • Reintroduce Potty Training: Confine your cat to a small area with a litter box again and gradually reintroduce them to the rest of the house.

  • Litter Box Preferences: Even though what we have recommended works for most people, most of the time, your cat's preferences may change. Experiment with different types of litter and litter boxes to find what your cat prefers. Some cats may have very specific preferences that need to be accommodated. 

  • Stress and Environment: Ensure your cat’s environment is stress-free. Changes in the home, new pets, or other stressors can lead to inappropriate bathroom use. Provide a quiet, comfortable space for your cat to relax.

  • Remove your automatic / Self-cleaning litterbox: I know this is an unpopular opinion, but the automatic litterbox may be stressing your cat out. We bought 5 of the most well-known automatic litterboxes, and out of all of our cats, only 1 would use it. The rest got stressed out and used the bathroom on the floor and on the ladder. The other thing is, they stink. Cats want it clean. After a few years ours smelled so bad no matter how much we cleaned them, they had to go. All of our cats thanked us for it. 

  • When in doubt, add another litter box. This seems so simple to be effective, but it is.  Cats are very clean animals. They do not like a messy box. sometimes giving them more boxes to use when you can't be right on top of cleaning their box helps. Some cats just don't like to share with their other cat family members. That's ok too. 

While it is frustrating when your cat is having bathroom troubles, it helps to remember that cats are not malicious, they don't pee outside the box to make you angry (Although, I have questioned some of their intentions myself at times). They are trying to tell you something. Make note of the environment and check all of the factors that could be leading up to inappropriate bathroom troubles. By following these guidelines, you can ensure your Sphynx cat has a smooth transition to their new home and maintains good bathroom habits. If you have any concerns or persistent issues, don’t hesitate to consult with your veterinarian for further advice.


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