Have you ever seen a Sphynx cat before?

@JenInTN (27565)
United States
October 14, 2009 4:36am CST
I was at the mall and I always love going into the pet shop and visiting all the animals. I always come out sad though because I want to take them home..lol...but anyway, I saw these two kittens that had no hair! I went over and took a look at them and they were all wrinkly and gray. Very odd really for a kitty. I think there is some kind of legends associated with these cats. Eygptian maybe. I know the were $1400 a piece! Have you ever seen one? Check this out. http://www.gopetsamerica.com/profiles/sphynx.aspx
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@vikkiz (519)
17 Oct 09
Yes ive seen them i think they are horrid!!! I love cats my cat is called pharoh and is my baby and i love our daily cuddles but can you imagine cuddling a sphynxs cat??? they have not hair and are very hard to look after because of their special needs?? to be quite honest i think they look like rats!!!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
17 Oct 09
LOL...they do look very strange. I pet one and i was really surprised but it was soft. Like it had peach fuzz all over it. I guess it would take some getting used to if I wanted to snuggle with it. Thanks for responding.
@ElicBxn (60692)
• United States
14 Oct 09
I saw one at a cat show a long time ago, but other than that - no, not in person I think I like my cats with fur - actually, I like my cats with short fur (only have 3 long haired in the bunch) and tails, all mine have tails, I wouldn't mind a poly-toed cat, but haven't gotten one of those yet either
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Oct 09
What's a poly-toed cat? When I pet the kitten at the pet store...he was soft like he had fuzz on him. I can't remember if he had a tail or not.
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@ElicBxn (60692)
• United States
14 Oct 09
cats with extra toes or a Hemingway cat they are sometimes called - nope, all mine are just nice, normal cats, but they are SPECIAL, because they are MINE!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Oct 09
Oh..ok...I had a cat once with 6 toes on each of his front paws. It was strange looking but it was the sweetest cat.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
14 Oct 09
This is the first time ever I am seeing one! It looks different than a feline creature except for the whiskers and the face. Thanks for this Jenin.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Hi mimpi! They do look very odd. They are kinda of cute though..lol..When I saw the kittens in the pet store, I was amazed. Thanks for the response.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
15 Oct 09
They are really cute! Are you planning to get one?
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Oct 09
Oh no..they are little to expensive for me. Besides that, I have enough little Chihuahuas shivering around here to add a kitty..lol..
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
I've seen pictures but I've never seen one in the flesh. I love all kinds of cats, so I suppose I could warm up to a sphynx too.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Heyya dawn! I could get attached too. I would be trying to dress it up all the time..lol.
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@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 09
It's a cat, what's NOT to like? :-)
@Hatley (164772)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Oct 09
hi jenintn yes I saw a picture of a Sphynx cat once in a jigsaw puzzle if you please. I had never seen an uglier looking creature before, and wondered how they kept from getting sunburned,no fur, poor ugly things. I do not think I would want one as a pet even if I could afford one.ugh. yuck.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
17 Oct 09
They are strange looking. I thought about one getting cold but I didn't think about the sunburned side of it! I bet an owner would have to worry about that too. Maybe a little sunscreen. Thanks for the response.
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
16 Oct 09
I've seen one. As a matter of fact, there was a rerun of 'Friends' on last night and there was a Sphynx cat in it. Ironic, huh? I think they are so very strange! I don't think I'd want one. I like my pets to be furry or hairy. It would feel so weird petting a cat with no hair! And people actually pay that much for one of these? Unbelievable! Well, I know they need love, too, so I'm very glad that there are people who would buy these cats, for their sake.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
16 Oct 09
They are very strange. I have heard there was one on a friend's episode. I was talking to a girl at work and she said she had seen one on there. I would love one but it would be weird to have a kitty cat without hair. Thanks for the response.
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• China
15 Oct 09
Thanks ,it is the first time to hear about spynx cat,but i think they are so ugly and pitful.LOL^^^^^
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Oct 09
LOL..they do have a very different look about them./ I think it's because we aren't used to seeing cats look that way. Thanks for responding and welcome to myLot.
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@mikeowl (200)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 09
Hi Jen, I presume that I have seen it on tv or in movies before. But never had a chance to see it real life myself. With $1400 a piece, I think i can buy many kittens already. It looks quite ackward with the hairless part. Cats without hairs looks weird to me.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Oct 09
LOL..they look weird to me too. I pet one and it was soft like it had fuzz on him. They are cute in a weird way. Thanks for responding.
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@apples99 (6564)
• United States
15 Oct 09
I'm not sure if I've seen a sphynx cat I've seen a lot of other breeds though and I use to own a manx cat years ago those are the breed born without a tail, but as I said I'm not certain if I've ever seen the breed you mentioned up close yet.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Oct 09
Hi apples! They are different. I have had a manx before too. It's weird they are born without tails. Thanks for responding..oh..if you check out my link..tell me what you think about the Sphynx.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
15 Oct 09
I have seen them before; they are funny looking things aren’t they? I saw some in a cat book I have on cat breeds and at a cat show once. Great for allergy sufferers I guess! I showed my husband and he freaked out, he said he would never have one; I think he’s mean, they are not the prettiest felines but I bet they are lovable. You know me...I love them all, even at $1400 a piece...Not that I could ever afford one!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Oct 09
They do look strange..lol..I bet your hubby would love it if you ever had one around long..lol. I hadn't thought about it but I bet they would be awesome for someone with allergies. I can't afford one either but if I had one I would love it..hehe.
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@bunnybon7 (35009)
• Holiday, Florida
14 Oct 09
i've seen them in movies and sitcoms etc. i think they are so very cute. i wish i could have one also some people dont think they are cute but i'd love one im going to have to copy/paste the link and see them. love them. thanks.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Oct 09
There is something cute about them. I felt my motherly instict kick in and I wanted to hold them close. They looked cold when I saw them.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
14 Oct 09
I've seen these cats before. I never understand the fascination over them though. I think those cats always look sickly.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Hi Shar! They are very strange. I guess in a way they do look ill. I think it's because of their lack of fur..we are used to healthy cats having healthy looking fur. Thanks for responding.
@anniefannie (1743)
• United States
14 Oct 09
i never seen one in real life but have on tv they look awful. i don't know why anyone would pay that kind of money for any animal.they have more money than i do but most people do. lol
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Heyya anniefannie! Yep..they have more money than me for sure. Noway I could afford an investment like that. I often leave the petstore wanting one of those $1500 birds..but I'll never get one..lol..Thanks for responding.
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@sacmom (14317)
• United States
14 Oct 09
I'm pretty sure that I have. It was when I went to either Petco or PetsMart a few years back. I haven't gone to either of these places in a while so I haven't seen any since. I have to say I couldn't imagine owning one. For me, a cat isn't a cat unless it has fur! And at that price it better have a lot! LOL Happy mylotting!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Oct 09
LOL..at that price it might should poopoo some gold too..LOL..That is a very expensive pet. It is strange to see a cat without fur. I pet one and it was strangly soft..like it had peach fuzz all over him.
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@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
14 Oct 09
Good morning, dear Jen! I am such a mixed bag of contradictions....I hate the artificiallity of Pet Shows.....but I can NOT pass one up for curiousities sake! So, yes, I have seen Spynx Cats! They conjure I thoughts of me runnning home and knitting a nice warm, Buffalo wool coat sweater for them. LOL! I am always amazed at the number of species in cats and dogs, that I have never been aware of! Do you visit Pet Shows! Hope your TN, weather is better than "Auntie Jo's" or ours right now! We just had our Thanksgiving weekend, and it was fraught with FRIGID weather, breaking over 80 COLD records! NO wonderful rainbows in our skies, so still am very thankful for the beautiful one you sent me. BIG, BIG, HUGZ, Jen!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Hi pergammano! I'm hanging onto that rainbow to because the weather here has been pretty nasty too. We have had a couple of nice days but for the most part it is just rainy and constantly getting cooler. I actually do enjoy watching pet shows. They are usually dog shows though. They hardly ever televise cat shows unfortunatly. I have never been to a real one but I would like to attend one just for the sake of having done so at least once. Sounds like you better knit you one of those sweaters too my friend..brrrr. Hugs and kisses to you too and try to stay warm.
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• Canada
17 Oct 09
Sorry...Jen, I was not referring to televised shows...I meant real live Pet Shows. That is what I am a sucker for, yet I hate the plasticality of it all, assuming that these poor animals would sooner be home, lollygagging! LOL! How do you keep your wee little mites (chihauha's) warm...? And did you keep the whole family? Hoping your weekend is spectacular...and BIG HUGZ!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
17 Oct 09
Eva - Here is little Eva in her sweater wanting to go outside.
They have hoodies and sweaters..lol..maybe I can fish a picture out here for you. I have never got to go to a live dog show. I would really like to although I feel the same as you do. Here..let me get that pic.
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
17 Nov 09
Yeah, I have seen them before. And I find them ugly! I do not understand why they are so darn expensive when they are so hairless and unattractive.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
19 Nov 09
I guess it's because they are so uncommon. I had never seen a real one before then. They are certainly more than I have to invest..lol. Thanks for the response.
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
24 Nov 09
Yeah... they are really expensive! And IMHO, really ugly too! I am sure they are TOUGH to maintain as well. Cos they got no hair/fur to protect their skin, they get cold easily. And due to the exposure of their skin to the elements, they also get rashes and other skin conditions very easily as well. Life is tough. Why spent money to be a slave to an animal?
@celticeagle (116759)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Oct 09
I have heard of them. Never seen them though. I would love to breed them. Could make a hunk a money,huh? And they are cute to boot. I am a cat lovers. Have always had cats around me all of my life. The Sphynx has quite a history. I am a Egyptology researcher as well. Fun topic. I really like your new pic too!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
21 Oct 09
Thanks celticeagle! So what do you know about them? I thought they originated from Egypt. Any good stories? I tried that breeding stuff and I haven't made a dime..lol..I have fallen in love with the only puppy we have had so far and blew off everyone that has wanted to buy him..lol..maybe I'm not cut out for the breeding thing.
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@celticeagle (116759)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Oct 09
They make great indoor cats because they do need to be inside. I think the Egyptian wild cat is very handsome and the link below shows a pick of it. There are several different colors of sphynx and they are doing some new breeding as well. I don't know how much you know about the history of the cat. They were very highly prized in their day. Ofcourse there were several goddesses, the most popular was Bastet. Cats were highly prized then because of the amount of mice and snakes at that time. Breeding is hard. I wouldn't be able to do it. Here are a couple of links of interest: http://www.touregypt.net/magazine/mag04012001/magf1.htm www.sphynxcat.org/
• Australia
18 Oct 09
Yes as I have two. It would seem there is a lot of misinformation out there about Sphynx Cats. 1. There are 3 hairless breeds of cats. The most popular is the Canadian Sphynx, then there is the Don Sphynx and Peterbald, both from Russia. 2. Sphynxes are a natural mutation that occurs in cats every 25 years or so 3. Sphynxes are a hardy healthy breed once they reach adult hood 4. Sphynxes do not need clothing, but do need to be kept warm, as do humans. If you are cold, your Sphynx will be too 5. Sphynxes have a unique personality that means they are almost kitten like in their behaviour for life. Often describe as a cross between a dog, monkey and child. Yes Sphynxes look unusual, but so does your cat under all that fur ;)
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• Australia
18 Oct 09
Diet for a Sphynx cat is premium cat foot with a minimum of vegetable filler (cats are true carnivores and need NO vegetable matter what so ever)....and Sphynx Cats are still cats, if you are allergic to the protein in cat saliva then you will also be allergic Sphynxes. If you are interested in Sphynxes, pop over to www.sphynxcatblog.com for more information on the breed
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
21 Oct 09
Wow! Thanks for all that information! I'm so glad you decided to respond! I know a cat breeder that told me the same thing about the mutation. He breeds munckin kittens. That's a mutation breed too. He also said they were from Canada. I thought they originated from Egypt. It's hard to imagine a hairless cat in Russia..the weather and all. Thanks again and I will check ouy your blog about these incredible animals.
@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
19 Nov 09
I've seen a few in pet stores and at first I thought the cat was sick or something because it had no hair. Sorry to say that I don't find them very attractive. I guess to each his own but for me, they sort of creep me out. Poor things in the winter, too, they have no fur to cover up.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
19 Nov 09
LOL...I actually thought they were sick too. I guess that we are so used to seeing our cats with fur that when we don't it's very strange. Thanks for the response.
@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
12 Nov 09
They are defintely unique looking aren't they? Actually, the Sphinx originated in Canada. A cat had a litter where two of her kittens were hairless and from those two they were bred. I've never touched one before, but, they say that they actually have a fuzzy covering of hair that gives them the feeling of soft suede. Sounds luxurious! Because they are practically hairless their body temperature is normally 10 degrees higher than the average cat. I would love to touch one someday. Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
19 Nov 09
They are very unique..lol...Your right about the way they feel. Kind of like a peach. UI was surprised because I couldn't see a bit of hair on them. My friend told me they were from Canada too. Thanks for responding.