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Sphynx Cat Grooming: 7 Vet-Reviewed Tips & Tricks

Written by: Christian Adams

Last Updated on February 16, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

sphynx hairless cat getting a bath in the sink

Sphynx Cat Grooming: 7 Vet-Reviewed Tips & Tricks

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Dr. Lorna Whittemore

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Hairless cats, like the Sphynx, are popular for a variety of reasons. Along with their friendly and sociable demeanor, Sphynx cats are easy to care for with their hairless coats.

This doesn’t mean they’re without any grooming needs, however. You may not have fur to brush and detangle, but hairless skin requires more care than you may think. Here are seven tips and tricks for grooming your Sphynx cat.

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The 7 Tips &  Tricks for Sphynx Cat Grooming

1. Bathe Your Cat Frequently

Bath Rinsing sphynx cat
Image Credit: Svitlana Kriukova, Shutterstock
Difficulty:  Moderate
Special supplies: Medicated cat-safe shampoo

With most animals, fur helps to separate oils and sweat from the skin. Without fur, the Sphynx cat can have incredibly oily and sweaty skin that requires frequent bathing. Sphynx cats can need frequent bathing from at least once a week up to once monthly to maintain healthy and clean skin. It does depend on your individual cat. Be sure to use warm water and a medicated cat-safe shampoo.

The best pet shampoos are carefully formulated to clean your pet without causing irritation. Hepper's Colloidal Oatmeal Pet Shampoo does a great job of this by combining soothing ingredients like aloe vera and colloidal oatmeal. It is also pH-balanced and free of irritants like dyes, soaps, sulfates, and phthalates. You and your pet will both enjoy the fresh, clean scent, too! 

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2. Dry Your Cat Thoroughly

folded green towels on bathroom stool
Image credit: Denny Muller, Unsplash
Difficulty:  Easy
Special supplies: Towel

After bathing your cat, make sure that you’ve rinsed all the shampoo off to keep your cat’s delicate skin from becoming irritated. It’s important to pat your cat dry immediately after the bath to keep it from catching a chill. Since your cat has no fur, it should be easy to dry it off with just a towel.


3. Clean Your Cat’s Ears

sphynx-cat-taking-a-bath-in-the-kitchen-sink
Image credit: Nils Jacobi, Shutterstock
Difficulty:  Moderate
Special supplies: Pet-safe wet wipes, cat-safe ear solution

Like the rest of their bodies, Sphynx cats don’t have hair inside their ears. This can cause excessive wax buildup, and if you don’t clean it out regularly, your cat could be more prone to ear infections. You can use a soft, damp cloth, pet-safe wet wipes, or a cat-safe ear solution. Make sure you only clean the wax that’s present on the outermost part of the canal and never stick anything inside your cat’s ears.

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Cleaning your cat's sensitive areas can be tricky, but high-quality wet wipes can make it much easier. Try a natural, hypoallergenic option like Hepper's Wash Wipes, made with moisturizing ingredients and specifically designed to gently clean your cat's skin and fur. These wipes are as convenient as they are effective!

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4. Watch for Acne

sphynx cat getting a reiki treatment
Image Credit: Malivan_Iuliia, Shutterstock
Difficulty:  Moderate
Special supplies: Cat-safe antibacterial soap

Sphynx cat skin has direct contact with the elements, so they’re prone to acne, like humans. When dirt builds up on the skin, it can cause blackheads that are irritating and may become inflamed. You can keep blackheads at bay by cleaning your cat’s skin gently with water and antibacterial soap. Be sure to use cat-safe antibacterial soap and avoid any human acne products or cleansers. If the acne becomes a problem, speak to your vet about medicated shampoos or soaps to help.


5. Keep Your Cat Warm

Bald cat of breed Canadian Sphynx in a knitted sweater
Image Credit by: Piskova Photo, Shutterstock
Difficulty:  Easy
Special supplies: Blankets, sweaters

In the cold months, Sphynx cats need extra blankets and warm beds to keep themselves comfortable. You can use heated cat beds or put your cat in sweaters or coats to conserve body heat. Make sure that you introduce your cat to sweaters slowly since this may not feel comfortable or natural at first. You’ll also need to wash your cat’s sweaters regularly to remove dirt and oil buildup.


6. Clip Your Cat’s Nails

sphynx-cat-with-shite-feet

Difficulty:  Moderate
Special supplies: Nail clippers

Some cats don’t tolerate having their nails clipped, but a Sphynx’s agreeable personality means they may be more receptive to this grooming activity. Like the rest of their bodies, Sphynx cats don’t have hair on their paws and they’re prone to having dirt and dust accumulate around their nails. Regularly clipping your cat’s nails not only keeps them a healthy length, but it gives you an opportunity to examine the nails for dirt, debris, and foreign objects.

If you’re not comfortable trimming your cat’s nails yourself, schedule an appointment with a groomer or your vet’s office.

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Trimming your cat's nails at home can be hard, but having a professional do it can be expensive. With the help of great tools like Hepper's Cat Nail Clipper Set, you can easily and quickly trim your cat's nails at home. This set includes two pairs of stainless steel clippers with safety guards and locking mechanisms, plus a built-in nail file and a convenient pouch.

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7. Use Sunscreen

sphynx cat lying on sofa's arm in a sun spot
Image Credit by: Erin Agius, Unsplash
Difficulty:  Easy
Special supplies: Cat-safe sunscreen

Sphynx cats enjoy sunbathing, which is great for keeping them warm but may leave them vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer. Make sure you limit your cat’s exposure to direct sunlight and apply a cat-safe sunscreen liberally to protect it from sunburn.

 

Are Sphynx Cats Good Pets?

Sphynx cats are not only unique to look at, but they’re also one of the most affectionate cat breeds. They enjoy socialization, attention, and time spent with their human companions. In fact, if you don’t spend enough time with your Sphynx cat, it can become depressed. Sphynx cats also get along with other cats and dogs. There is some controversy surrounding the breeding of hairless animals with respect to the coat being an important feature providing warmth, protection, and being involved in communication.

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Conclusion

Sphynx cats are a common hairless breed and popular for their easy-going temperament. Despite having no long coat and fur to maintain (no hairballs!), Sphynx cats have their own grooming needs that you should prepare for before bringing one home.


Featured Image Credit: Nils Jacobi, Shutterstock

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