A Sphynx cat has some specific care needs which must be catered for by its human family.
On this page, you will find a series of headings that intends to cover every aspect of the provision of care for your Sphynx kitten/cat. We discuss different foods and suggest how to safely make any changes. And we consider the importance of water and even the kind of bowl to use. Next, we move on to cat litter and where to place the litter box then move on to your cat's bedding, its toys, and then to the importance of initial and annual health checks, vaccinations, microchipping, and neutering which includes discussion relating to the age of sexual maturity and what you can expect from an un-neutered male or female should you decide not to neuter.
All information given on this website is from my own experience gained from caring for my own Sphynx cat and all the other cats I've been fortunate to care for during the last almost 40 years. I am neither a pet nutritionist nor am I veterinary trained. I have learned so much from other Sphynx cat owners and owe them a debt of gratitude for their guidance, especially in the early days. I keep on learning.
There's a lot of information on this page. I sincerely hope you will find it to be invaluable.
FOOD & WATER The Sphynx cat has a higher metabolic rate than other cats do and so need access to plenty of high-quality food which will be able to provide them with sufficient calories and nutrients to not only keep their energy levels up for all the play they do but also to keep their bodies healthy and warm. They really are like mini-hot-water bottles.
You should expect your Sphynx cat to need more food than other breeds of cat you might keep. They tend to remain slim by nature, however, over-feeding of any cat no matter what its breed is not recommended. Keep them lean for optimum health (thus this will also keep your future vet bills down). Water First Your cat must always have access to plenty of clean and fresh water to encourage adequate hydration. Encourage drinking to protect the health of the kidney and promote good health throughout life.
Your cat needs only water and must not be given cows milk to drink. Even as a treat.
In the wild, a cat does not eat in the same place that it drinks and so ideally you should keep your water source(s) and feed stations separate.
Many cats prefer to drink from moving water and so a pet water fountain is useful. Unless that is, you intend to leave a tap running!
I discovered that while Noodle does indeed like running water she was choosing to ignore the fountain I have provided. Instead, her clean water seemed to be coming from the toilet bowl. I now ensure that I keep the lids firmly closed.
She will also jump up to drink from the tap if she hears me running it in the bathroom or kitchen and also from a glass of water if I have one myself. The best way I have found to ensure she drinks as much as possible is to place several water sources around the house as well as her fountain all of which I clean and refill daily. Bowls Bowls used should ideally be either made from ceramic or stainless steel. You should avoid plastic containers and bowls as these encourage feline acne (blackheads and cysts) around the face/chin/muzzle making the issue if your cat is a sufferer much worse or more prevalent.
Water (and food) bowls must be washed daily with hot soapy water and rinsed well. Don't just rinse and refill Taking Home & Feeding a New Kitten/Cat A new kitten will have been fully weaned by the breeder. This means it will no longer be reliant on the mother cat for milk and its feeding is wholly reliant on the chosen type of cat food. Which Food? At Naked Sphynx Cat Hampshire kittens are weaned onto a raw food diet. Food Change? Should you prefer to not feed raw foods and wish to move over to a diet of wet food pouches/cans only or dry food only diet or a mix of both as a dual food diet, or if you wish to change the food over to another brand of food; the new food and old food must be phased in/out slowly gradually reducing the old food while increasing the new, all the while watching the cat carefully - in particular its output - to ensure there are no issues. Example change ratios are set out further on down the page. Food choices With so many brands of cat foods to choose from and a huge marketplace, your choices are wide and varied. Whatever diet type and food you choose remember that a Sphynx cat has a higher metabolic rate and needs to receive high-quality food. Diet Types Wet Food Diet:
Commercially produced complete nutrition pouched or canned foods (see Products page) should be fed at set mealtimes with the daily portion size based on the cat's age and weight. The daily allowance should be split and fed at timed intervals - twice or three times per day.
Wet foods can be a complete diet or can be part of a dual diet-fed along with dry kibble.
Wet Food safety:
Uneaten or refused food can be taken up if it has not been down too long and stored covered in the fridge and offered next mealtime. Once offered twice, if refused again it must be disposed of. Cannot be left down as it will attract flies and rot. Can cause a lot of wastage. Dry Food Diet:
Commercially produced complete nutrition dry foods (see Products page) can be fed on a free feeding basis or if you prefer it, a timed basis.
Dry food helps to keep your cat's teeth and gums clean and healthy breaking off plaque during the crunch/chew action.
Dry food does not attract flies and so can be left down for a cat to free feed.
Cats fed on dry food diets require much more water to drink than cats fed on raw or wet foods diets.
Dual Food Diet:
This diet is based on the use of commercially produced wet and dry foods. On this regime, wet food is offered in portion-appropriate sizes at set times per day and a measured portion of dry food is left down for grazing between meals. The wet food portion would be smaller for a dual diet than for a cat on a wet food-only routine.
BARF Food Diet:
BARF is gaining popularity as a feeding regime for cats (and dogs). The acronym BARF means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, (or Bones & Raw Food). The raw food contains muscle meat, sinew, and bone that is minced and ground down for easy feeding & eating. It can also be chunks of meat or fish. As a feeding regime BARF most closely resembles the kind of food that a cat in the wild would naturally be consuming. This is the food a cat has evolved to be eating and therefore is considered Biologically Appropriate
Cats fed on BARF must not be given kibble or wet foods as a supplement. The gut enzymes used to digest raw foods are very different from those needed for commercially prepared processed foods (such as kibble and pouches/cans) and will cause your cat to suffer from severe digestive illness.
Once upon a time raw food feeding was for the very committed pet keeper simply because getting hold of the right quality meat and bones was not easy and then the task of preparing it correctly was painstaking and somewhat arduous.
BARF food is now easily and widely available, prepared, and frozen in tubs which can even be delivered to your door making it a much easier feeding option. The frozen food tubs (or nuggets) are defrosted overnight and once thawed the food is fresh for up to 4 days when stored in the fridge.
How to feed:
BARF food is fed on a timed mealtime basis.
If you are prepared to handle blood, meat, and bone and wish to make up your own BARF foods, meat must be carefully sourced. A butcher is not recommended. The meat they sell is prepared and sold with a view to it being cooked for human consumption, a process that would kill any surface bacteria which would still be there if fed raw to your cat.
I recommend if you do make your own that you follow a suitable recipe ensuring that you have the balance of meat and bone correct and that you add appropriate supplements for optimal health.
Considerations - pros and cons to BARF feeding.
A much healthier diet and is appropriate for a carnivore.
Must be fed at set meal times.
Less frequent, less smelly stools
Just remember to thaw food in time and handle raw meats appropriately.
Raw foods cannot be left down - they will attract flies, dry out and become rotten and unpalatable.
There can be lots of food wasted if you put out too much or do not use up all that has been thawed.
BARF food that has thawed cannot be re-frozen if it has been refused.
If a meal is unfinished (or is refused) at a set meal time and hasn't been down too long, the food can be taken up, covered over, and stored in the fridge. It can then be offered again at the next set mealtime.