If you have ever seen Austin Powers, the hilarious comedy starring Mike Myers playing the duel lead role of Austin Powers and the nefarious Dr. Evil, then you are undoubtedly familiar with Dr. Evil’s show-stealing cat, Mr. Bigglesworth. Some of you may not know but Mr. Bigglesworth hails from a distinctive breed of cat called the sphynx. In an effort to educate our readers on this sweet-natured and often called dog-like cat, here are 9 interesting facts about the sphynx.
1. Not really exotic
Despite their name and their uncanny resemblance to the cats seen in ancient Egyptian artwork and artifacts, the sphynx actually originated in Canada, which is pretty interesting considering their lack of fur.
2. Not actually hairless
Even though they appear to be hairless, the sphynx actually has a downy, peach-fuzz like coating covering their body.
3. Higher maintenance
One might think that because these particular felines lack an abundance of fur that they are much easier to maintain. The opposite is actually the case. The sphynx requires regular bathing to keep it’s skin from getting overly oily, which most sphynx owners will admit can leave a residue on clothes, bedding and furniture. Their ears also require frequent cleaning to prevent waxy buildup. Also, their web-like feet and dexterous claws require cleaning to prevent dirt and other buildup from accumulating.
4. Good nutrition is necessary to maintain skin health
A high quality supplement can provide a sphynx with a valuable source of nutrients to keep its unique skin healthy and looking its best.
The color of a sphynx’s cat’s skin is actually the color its fur would be if it had fur.
It will probably come as little surprise but the sphynx is partial to warmth and can often be found seeking it out. Computers, heaters and other cozy spots are their favorites. You may even find a sphynx snuggling up under the covers. In colder weather a sphynx will usually appreciate a sweater.
7. Big eaters
The sphynx has a reputation for having a voracious appetite and loves to eat. This is because the sphynx has a very active metabolism, which causes the cat to become hungry quite often.
8. Very lovable
Ask any sphynx owner and they will tell you that you won’t find a more lovable, playful cat that enjoys frequent snuggling.
9. Don’t forget the sunblock
Make sure to stock up on cat-friendly sunblock to help keep your sphynx from getting sunburned. Because it loves to be warm the sphynx can often be found basking in whatever sunny spot they can find. As a result, it is not uncommon for a sphynx to experience sunburn, which can be prevented with good sun protection. Don’t hesitate to consult with your veterinarian when it comes to your kitty and good skin care.