“Hairless cats” or “hairless cats” are considered exotic. Wherever they go they call attention for the unique look. Considered ugly by some, they are loved by others. And they are certainly not the best option if you love traditional kittens!
Unraveling a myth about them, hairless cats they are not completely hairless! Their body has a very thin layer of fur, which looks like suede, short and almost imperceptible to the naked eye.
3 breeds of hairless cats
The most famous breed of hairless cat is the Shpynx or the sphinx cat, which was the first hairless breed (apparent) recognized to have a genetic mutation. The gene responsible for Shpynx's hair modification is recessive and has complete dominance over the Devon Rex breed. It was from the crossing of a litter that was born hairless with the Devon Rex that this new breed started.
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They love to be pampered, are intelligent and playful and get along with other animals. As they are sensitive to changes in temperature, they prefer the warmest places. Because they are so smart, it is easier to train them on the right place to do their needs. They are good companions, being able to spend long periods with their owners. In some situations they become a little jealous, but without being aggressive.
You hairless cats (who look like the house elf from the Harry Potter film) are the result of a strange combination between the Shpynx race and the American Curl race (the one with the curved ears). They are very intelligent and kind, get along well with other animals and reach 10 kilos in adulthood.
THE Russian breed Peterbald was created in the year 1994, and that name honors the city of San Petersburg. They are of medium size and their main physical characteristic is harmonic and well-distributed features. In addition. of course, the lack of hair.
Advantages of hairless pets
An advantage of these kittens is that they do not shed hair in the house and do not need to be brushed. Another benefit is that they are unlikely to have fleas and in the event of an infestation of these parasites it is easier to identify and treat because of the lack of hair. But, like all animals, they need special care.
Special care for hairless cats
Cat hygiene must be done every week and the basic routine includes: cleaning the ears, cutting the nails and, yes, bathing.
They need more frequent baths than ordinary breeds. The bath should be 2 or 3 times a week and it is recommended to use a special shampoo suitable for hairless cat. Because they have no hair, their bodies produce a lot of fat that, if not removed in the bath, leaves traces on the furniture and in the places it passes through.
To maintain the health of hairless cats it is important to avoid changes in temperature for pets: long-term exposure to the sun could cause severe burns; the humidity helps in the proliferation of fungi on the cat's skin and the intense cold can be avoided with special clothes for them.
A diet rich in calories and protein helps to maintain body temperature. There are some rations specially prepared for these hairless breed cats, which help the cat maintain weight by eating a diet suitable for its needs.
At bedtime their bed can be lined with soft and comfortable blankets to compensate for the lack of skin. They could scrape the skin on the bed while sleeping causing wounds and allergies.
Unraveling a myth
To clarify another myth, it is worth remembering that hairless breeds are not hypoallergenic: the cause of allergy in humans by domestic animals is mainly related to the flaking of the skin of these animals, their saliva and urine. Therefore, buying a hairless animal is no guarantee of avoiding allergies.
There are people who tolerate better animals without coat than the furry ones. However, in some cases, the worsening of the allergic condition may occur, because, without the hair covering, the flaking of the "hairless" skin will spread more easily throughout the house. Always remember: the allergy is caused by the flakiness of the cats, or the saliva that it spreads on the body when licking, and not because of the hair.
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