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All kittens are delicate. but when you hold a baby sphynx cat in your arms, you may not know what to do with their delicacy. There is no doubt that their care should be special, just like themselves. Let's learn how to take good care of these special baby hairless cats.
Despite their rapid growth after birth compared to most cat breeds, Sphinx kittens are particularly susceptible to respiratory infections due to their lack of fur. For this reason, it is considered necessary that the period they will spend with their mothers and suck milk in sheltered environments at suitable temperatures should be between 12 and 16 weeks. Some reputable breeders do not remove baby hairless cats from their location before 14 weeks. It is difficult for kittens who have been moved to a different environment and separated from their mother before this period, to attain health conditions that will adapt to their environment.
Kittens that become strong enough after birth and switch to soft food in addition to mother's milk within a month or two should only be adopted after they gain resistance to environmental conditions. The Sphinx kitten is ready to meet the area you live in after the necessary veterinary checks are done and it is understood that it does not carry any infection. Prepare a soft cat bed and blanket in advance; It will be more practical if you bring them home after buying high-quality and special food for puppies containing high protein, vitamins, and minerals. Ready-made kitten food, which can be wet and dry; You can give cooked fish and meat carefully separated from the bones and bones and cut into pieces large enough to eat. Apart from these, sauces, garlic, onions, mixed meals with vegetables, milk, raw eggs, and raw meat products are dangerous for your baby hairless cat.
Since the kittens will be active and have an appetite, it is good to feed them at least 3-4 times a day. Your cat's weight determines the total daily amount it will eat:
up to the 5th week; 175 g per kilo (6 meals)
5 to 10 weeks; 150 g per kilo (5 meals)
Up to 10-20 weeks 85g per kilo (4 meals)
65 g per kilo (3 meals) up to 30-40 weeks
Sphynx Cat Care
What should be the suitable home environment for your baby hairless cat? First of all, it's a good idea to get a thermometer. The temperature of the house should be neither too cold nor too hot. But regardless of the season, the temperature should not fall below 21 C. Yes, your baby hairless cat’s body temperature is high, but due to lack of fur, it can be affected by cold very quickly and catch a cold.
Your clever cat; even though it is adept at finding the hottest spots in the house, such as a quilt or blanket, the top of the computer you just got up from, the radiator, or in front of the fireplace; your support is essential to keep it warm enough. It's good to have multiple soft-textured tiny cat blankets and cat beds. There are even heated cat beds for Sphynx cats now. You can also use a regular electric blanket if it's over your budget. It is also an option to wear soft cat sweaters and clothes, which have a wide variety in pet shops, especially in winter.
Hygiene needs to wash and replace all these materials once or twice a week, taking into account the oil produced by your body.
Let's come to sunny days... The skin of a Sphinx cat is as sensitive to cold as it is too extreme heat and sun rays. Short periods of sunlight are beneficial for a baby hairless cat’s coats, but should not exceed periods of a few minutes per day. Exposure to direct sun for a long time, in particular, can lead to several serious skin problems that can extend to skin cancer. Therefore, if you have a room with a lot of direct sun and you allow your cat to enter, I recommend that you make sure that it is under your control.
If you are not at home, it would be good to lock that room to prevent him from entering, because as a hot-loving cat he may try to cook himself on the windowsill! Also, having staggered cat trees and a scratching board will be a source of entertainment for an active Sphinx cat that likes to jump and climb.
The sebaceous glands in the skin of a normal cat produce oil to protect its fur from external factors. The cat takes the excess oil while cleaning itself. Unfortunately, the Sphinx cat, with its short and weak hairs, cannot clean the oil from its skin alone. As such, the oil that accumulates in a short time begins to smear not only on your hands when you touch your cat, but also wherever it walks, sits, and lies. If this period is prolonged, you may get an intense smell emanating from your cat's body! It's no wonder that some Sphinx cat owners call their cats "fat balls"!
Moreover, the scarring of this fatty tissue is a secondary problem. If your cat cannot get rid of this layer, it becomes open to skin infections. Briefly; maybe a Sphinx cat doesn't need regular grooming sessions but bathing at least once a week is a must! But don't be intimidated, because when you have a baby hairless cat, if you get them used to swimming in warm water in a small basin, Sphynx cats will soon learn to enjoy bathing, especially relaxing afterward.
You can wash your cat in the tub of your bathroom, or you can wash it in a medium-sized basin that you will place in the tub. The advantage of this; is to ensure that the water you will put your cat in is neither too hot nor too cold and to make it ready for it by foaming it with cat shampoo. Of course, make sure that your bathroom is at the appropriate temperature and that the doors and windows, if any, are closed.
Do not use your shampoo, the chemicals in it may be harmful to your cat. It is possible to find cat shampoos that are soap-free and produced with natural ingredients (coconut oil, aloe vera, etc.) in pet stores. You can also ask your veterinarian for the most appropriate one. With the help of a soft sponge, apply the shampooed water to the whole body of your cat, so that it does not happen to your cat. Do not forget to thoroughly wash the folds of the loose skin that creates wrinkles, the oil accumulates more in these hollow areas. Don't neglect the back of her butt and between the nails of her paws.
Wipe his face and ears clean after squeezing out the excess water from the wet sponge. Take care not to get water into your eyes and ears. Afterward, rinse the shampooed skin thoroughly, this time with warm clear water, using a shower cap or a mug, not too pressurized. Wipe his face and ears with a rinsed sponge as well. Drying your cat immediately with a soft and, if possible, warm towel after the bath will prevent its sensitive skin from cracking.
It would be appropriate to limit these washing sessions to a maximum of two a week, and not to overdo it. Otherwise, your cat's skin may become excessively dry and damaged.
Cleaning the Ears
The pink inner surface of the erect and wide ears of Sphynx cats in various sizes from large to larger is often hairless. Those that do are also very few, tiny and weak. In other words, his ears, which accumulate oil and dirt just like his body, should be cleaned at least once a week, apart from washing sessions. Moisten a soft cloth or a piece of cotton with water and wipe the inner surface of the ear without pressing too hard.
Like every cat, the Sphinx needs a nail checked every two weeks. If the nails grow too long, they curl downwards and damage the sole of the paw, the covers and upholstery in the house, and the furniture. Getting a nail care kit can make your job easier. You just have to cut them off at the ends. If you're worried about cutting deep and causing bleeding or injury, ask your vet how to do it.
However, the Sphinx cat's nail care does not end there, because the oily skin problem also applies to the paws and between the nails. Check the nail spaces, which you clean thoroughly in the weekly bath, once a week. Since the hairless skin folds on the nails and under the nails are very suitable for oil accumulation, they should be cleaned by gently wiping with a damp cloth or cotton. To open between the nails easily and without hurting your cat, it is enough to gently press the middle of the paw with your fingertips from the bottom and top, and the nails will come out from their sockets.
Let me remind you of the must-have washing, ear and nail cleaning for a Sphynx cat, as well as the dental care necessary for every cat:
Once a week, brush your teeth slowly and lightly by squeezing a small amount of cat-specific paste on a small toothbrush specially produced for cats or sold for children. It helps a lot to protect him from tooth loss, bad breath, and infections. In this way, you also control the gums. Although not very often, Sphynx cats can sometimes have oral problems.
A sore, bleeding, odor, or color change in a cat's mouth can be a sign of many other diseases. Do not use your toothpaste, its contents may harm your cat. You can try meat or fish-flavored pastes so that it doesn't get cranky. Brushing your baby hairless cat’s teeth on bath days seems like a more practical solution. Carefully doing all these weekly maintenance is undoubtedly very important for your cat to have a long, healthy, and happy life.
However, with veterinary checks, and timely implementation of the vaccination schedule, even if there are no problems, it would be appropriate to see a specialist at least once a year for a mini check-up. The temperature of the environment is extremely important for the Hairless Sphynx Cat.
Right Nutrition Plan for your Baby Hairless Cat
Just talking about how much maintenance its oily skin requires, let me say that this amount of oil is closely related to the diet of the Sphinx cat. Dry and/or canned wet food; Whatever your choice, I recommend quality ready-made foods that contain plenty of protein, vitamins, amino acids, and minerals. The needs of the Sphinx cat, which is very active and muscular, are low-fat and non-required foods that have all the ingredients in the appropriate ratio. This type of food also balances the oil production in the skin and reduces the risk of infection. He may have a hard time controlling his appetite because he is so energetic, this should be under your control. Feeding at most twice, morning and evening; avoiding excessive amounts of treats; My general recommendations are to always have fresh and clean water in the water bowl.
Depending on your cat's weight, 80 g of wet or 20 g of dry food per kg is a sufficient measure for its daily needs. The Sphinx cat is fond of the liver, meat, and fish. You can also give these protein sources, which you can prepare at home by boiling or cooking without adding any other food into the water, separated and shredded. t is possible to give all these options together or alternately by trying and learning about your cat's food preferences.
Of course, it will be your veterinarian who will determine the most correct content, type, and amount of nutrition suitable for your cat.
By the way, a little note;
The high metabolic rate of Sphinx cats causes them to digest their food quickly. This can mean that the litter box fills up too often! It would be healthier for both of you to check the litter once or twice a day and clean and replace it if necessary.