Cat Breeds And The Sphynx

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Think of strange and unusual cat breeds and the Sphynx is bound to come to mind - even if you don 't know the breed 's name! The Sphynx is often referred to as the hairless cat. Remember Mr. Bigglesworth, Dr. Evil 's cat in the "Austin Powers" movies? The Sphynx is not a truly hairless cat, although it appears to be. The Sphynx 's skin is often covered by a very soft "peach fuzz." These cats also are known for their wedge-shaped heads and curious natures. Their skin is warm and soft to the touch, feeling like a very fine leather. The Sphynx may or may not have whiskers. Because they do not have coats to keep them warm, Sphynx cats tend to be very affectionate, often snuggling up to other animals and people. If you get one of these cats, prepare to make room under the covers at night, as it will probably want to curl up next to you. Its lack of a coat means no shedding and no need for brushing. However, the Sphynx still requires plenty of loving care and maintenance. Body oils tend to accumulate on their skin, while other cats absorb them in their coats. This means that the Sphynx requires regular bathing. These cats also should have limited exposure to sunlight, as they can develop a sunburn similar to that of a human. They also should not be exposed to cold temperatures because of their lack of a coat for protection. In short, the Sphynx is not an outdoor cat. A common fallacy about the Sphynx is that is hypoallergenic because of its lack of a coat. It is important to

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