Sphynx Care and Treatment
Care and treatment of the Sphynx cats
Sphynxes, just as all the other cat breeds, need regular care, as this is on what their mood, health, life span and life quality depend. Therefore, the owner should be able to dedicate some time to care for their pets.
Vaccination is a necessary mean of preventing purebred cats from catching infectious diseases. 0-2 month kittens are being protected by maternal antibodies, but having passed their 9th-10th week of life they already need a vaccination. So, the first vaccination should be done when your cat is about 9-10 weeks old. Then, after another 3-4 weeks, the second vaccination should be executed. During that period your pet should stay at home, without any contact with other animals and without an access to the outside.
Ocasionally, sphynx’s skin should be wiped with a damp sponge or with a tissue. What is more, you ought to bathe your pet from time to time. We recommend using children soaps or shampoos. After the bath, you should not lubricate your cat’s skin with creams, lotions or other cosmetics. Cats usually do not like taking a bath, and therefore it would be advisable to do it as gently as possible so as not to stress your pet. Sphynxes should be bathed in warm water. The best container for the bath will be a basin or a big bowl. Its bottom should be covered with a towel in order to reduce slipping. The water level should reach your pet’s abdomen, but not higher. It is best to bathe your pet 2-3 hours after eating.
You should regularly examine your pet’s ears. Sphynxes excrete particularly abundant amounts of earwax. If its excess is gathered, we ought to remove it; however, we shouldn’t clean their ears more often than once a month. Nevertheless, if we notice that in your pet’s ears there had gathered too excessive amounts of excretion, which subsequently led to bleeding, bad smell and inflammation, it means that your cat is suffering from an illness. At the same time, we can notice a change in your pet’s behaviour, such as frequent head-shaking or ear-scratching. These are symptoms of a disease and in such a case you must take your cat to the vet. You should remember that an untreated chronic ear disease can lead to the loss of hearing.
The eyes of your pet can tell you a lot not only about its mood, but also about a possible decreased well-being.Therefore, your cat’s ears and eyes need to be examined carefully every day. If you believe your pet might be ill, you should take it immediately to the veterinarian. Eye reddening, swollen eyelids, as well as suppurative secretion are often symptoms of a disease. As you know, Sphynxes do not have eyelashes, so their eyes should be rinsed several times a week in order to prevent excessive secretion from gathering and eyelids from glueing together. For eye washing we recommed using destilled water or phisiological fluid.
Cat’s claws care
Sphynx cats need occasional claw-cutting. This can be done with a vet’s help, but most cat owners do it themselves. They can use special pincers, or even employ common cutters for human nails. Be careful though not to cut any living tissue or the skin around the claw.
The prevention of dental diseases involves an occasional examination of the animal’s mouth. If you find your pet’s teeth in a bad condition or if you smell an unpleasant odor from its mouth, you must take it to the vet immediately. You should also give your pet dry food, as it will clean its teeth thoroughly. What is more, you can get your cat a rubber toy, which will clean its teeth further while playing. In order to avoid doing damage to your cat’s teeth and gums you should not serve chicken or fish meat containing bones. Last but not least, it is essential that your Sphynx is provided with the sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals – this is one of the best preventive treatments when it comes to dental diseases.