Now is your soul-searching time. It is really important to think through very carefully – and honestly – if you are in the best position to adopt a Sphynx (or indeed any pet). Besides shelter, nutritious food, and your time, your pet will require adequate medical care. This is one of the greatest responsibilities that applies to being a pet owner. If you feel that the time is not right to provide all four of these pet care factors, then you are not ready to adopt a Sphynx. A common question that people ask when considering adopting a Sphynx into their household is: "What are the advantages and disadvantages of owning a Sphynx?"
- Sphynx cats do not shed because they are hairless. In fact, they have a fine layer of downy fur on the skin which is almost impossible to see.
- Sphynx are incredibly loving and provide companionship more than most cats.
- Sphynx blurs the traditional boundaries between dogs and cats.
- They usually get along very well with other pets in the house even the dogs.
- You become part of an exclusive club of Sphynx owners as they are so rare. This can open you up to wonderful friendships.
- Hairless cats are very intelligent and can be trained.
- They have proven and positive impact on humans' health.
- Nude cats enjoy being dressed up because they do not like being cold!
- They will keep you warm at night.
- Sphynx is healthy breed with no known specific health or genetic problems.
- Sphynx breed is more demanding than other cats, in terms of the level of attention that they require. This can be alleviated somewhat by buying two Sphynx cats so that they have each other's company.
- Sphynx eat and poo a lot because of their high metabolism.
- The peculiarity of the Sphynx's almost hairless coat means that their skin becomes quite oily and greasy. They need to be bathed regularly, once or twice a week.
- You will need to clean Sphynx ears and clip their nails routinely.
- Sphynx is a very mischievous and playful cat. They will climb and jump on your furniture and appliances.
- You may experience negative comments from people who do not like bold cats. You will need to accept that some people find the breed ugly or alien looking.
- The Sphynx is a rare breed of cat, and as with anything rare and exclusive, this generally means a higher than normal purchase price.