It's so exciting to bring your new family member home! But you got few things to make sure it's ready for your kitten to be home. here are type of things to make sure...
make sure your vet knows about sphynx cats.
some vets doesn't know much about this special breed, and you can have problems. for example, i brought my kitten to this vet, they gave it ear mites drops thinking it has ear mites
because it had dirty oily ears. That vet was wrong, the sphynx cats do have oily ears, and if you don't clean once a week.
child safe home.
sphynx kittens are very curious about the new environment, they love to get into troubles. some sphynx will even learn how to open doors! they are smart little creatures!
always have fresh water ready for your sphynx. I free feed
my cats ROYAL CANIN. you can feed them healthy natural cat food such as ROYAL CANIN, EUKANUBA, HILL'S SCIENCE DIET, or as your vet recommends.
All kittens are litter trained by it's mommy. but to avoid mis-happens, keep the litter box clean all time. in case of mis-happens, you can clean the area with cleaning solutions to stop repeating. if they still keep repeating that, you can put their food by where he keeps peeing (spraying) and that will usually stop the problem.
Sphynx cats have very limited grooming ability for their "lack of hairs".
Usually normal cats can excess their body oils by their furs, but sphynx
cats aren't able to do that by themselves, so they require bath once every
week. yes, that sounds very hard, but it's not so bad if you train it since
kitten. I usually have sinkful of warm water ready, dump them in the sinkful
warm water, take them out, wash them with BABY BODY WASH (human baby wash),
dump them in sink again, and dry. easy steps! but also, don't forget to
wash between their paws and nails too because those are the most easy to
get dirty parts.
Also, they are not too good with cold weathers, so must keep them warm during
winters. My sphynx cats usually stays all day in blankets!
Because they have not much protection against the sun, they can get tanned
just like humans. That's one of the reason why they are indoor cats. they
don't have enough protection against the sun and other animals. They can
not survive by themselves if they are outdoor. so KEEP YOUR SPHYNX INDOOR!!!
Because of their "lack of hairs", their ears gets oily easily. You must wash
their ears with gentle solutions such as "oti-calm" about once a week.
You read the direction, and wipe through in ears with Q-tips. Just be careful
NOT to wipe too deep where you can't even see inside the ears for it can
Don't forget that they are INDOOR ONLY cats!! THEY CAN NOT SURVIVE OUTSIDE!.
They are hairless, so they don't have anything protecting their skin. They
will get sunburns, scratches. They don't have knowledge of outside world
so they will get hurt easily if they go outside. SO KEEP YOUR SPHYNX INDOOR!!
I DO NOT recomend declawing your kitten.
So i'll like my kittens to go to a loving family who will NOT declaw.
It's a worst experience your kitten will experience, it's very stressing for him/her, it's very traumatic.
It's something people do for their convenience without realizing what actually happens to their loving cat. Declawing is not like manicure. It's a serious surgery.
Your cat's claw is NOT a "toenail". It's actually closely adhered to the BONE.
Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes". It's a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period.
And remember that during the time of recovery from the surgery your cat will
still have to walk, jump, and scratch it's litter box regardless of the pain it's going through. some people declaws because the cat scratches them and it's hurt. but declawing won't stop the problem. by declawing, the cat now can't scratch, and protect themselves. so they will come up with other way to release their anger, and that's biting!
The cats needs their claws to release their stress. people release their stress by sports, shopping, eating, drinking, and etc. but imagine what will you do if you can't release your stress. I read in one article that one of the reason some cats dies earlier than other cats includes declawing.
I really do not understand how "cat lovers" doesn't care the pain your loving kitty have to go through, unless they are not TRUE "cat lovers".
You do have many options to stop your kitty from damaging furnitures. You have
options such as
buy many scratching posts and place them everywhere
buy "soft-claws" to put on your cat's claws. It's available in pet stores,
online (listed on my link page) , or veterinarians.
keep your cat's nails trimmed all time
stick "double-sided tape" on the damaged area.
your cat will not like the feeling of sticky tapes on it's nails.
ask your veterinarian for any solutions.