The Sphynx cat is a relatively new breed of cat that has been in existence since the 1960’s. It is best known for being a hairless cat and opinions are divided as to whether it is incredibly cute or incredibly ugly! With its bat-like ears, wrinkly skin and pensive, grumpy expression the Sphynx is nothing if not unique.
Originally coming from Canada, the Sphynx was bred accidentally. A Domestic Short Hair cat had a litter in which one of the kittens happened to be completely bald. This genetic mutation was not planned for but was one which the breeder thought was appealing. This male cat was called ‘Prune’ due to his strange, wrinkled appearance. When this unusual cat was old enough, he was bred back to his mother, producing several more hairless kittens. Over the next few decades, breeders continued to develop this new hairless breed and it was not long before they became popular pets and show cats. While these cats were initially called ‘Canadian Hairless Cats’, they were eventually given the name ‘Sphynx’, thanks to their resemblance to the famous Egyptian cat sculptures.
The history of the Sphynx has not always been plain sailing and some cat fancier associations refuse to recognise the breed over concerns that breeding a cat based on a genetic mutation may lead to reduced health and lifespan.
The fascination with the Sphynx centres around the way it looks. Hairless cats have been in existence since ancient times, though many became extinct over time. Since the development of the Sphynx, similar breeds are popping up internationally, including the bald ‘Donskoy’ cat which was developed in Russia in the 1980’s.
The Sphynx is unique not only because of its lack of fur, but also because of its general appearance. Their skin has a very light, downy covering that is often likened to chamois leather and is incredibly soft. While the skin is particularly wrinkled when kittens, it does become smoother as they grow and fill out. For most, their wrinkles remain prominent on their forehead and neck.
Their heads are relatively small with a wide forehead and a narrow muzzle. Many owners love their ears which are large with a rounded tip. Their oval-shaped eyes are widely set apart and can be a number of colours, including piercing blue or dazzling green.
The body of the Sphynx is well-muscled and built in proportion with quite wide chests and well-rounded rumps. Their elegant tails are long and slim, though are off-putting to some as they can resemble big rats’ tails!
Any Sphynx owner will tell you that these cats are just full of personality. They are sometimes compared to small dogs as they are very sociable and love to spend time around people. It is not unheard of for a Sphynx to greet their owner each day when they return home from work and they seem to ‘listen’ intently while being spoken to. It would not be unusual to see a Sphynx following their owner from room to room, simply happy to be in their presence.
Their attachment to people can be a bit of a double-edged sword as some cats are very reliant on their owners and can become stressed and anxious when home alone. Unlike other breeds, the Sphynx cat is very much prone to separation anxiety and should ideally be kept in a home where there is at least one person with them for most of the time.
Sphynx cats are quite content in their own company and when around their two-legged friends but are not big fans of other cats. Real ‘lone rangers’, they can become grumpy and distant if a new feline friend is introduced to the family. Similarly, they dislike having to share their territory with dogs and will tend to remove themselves from the situation, leaving the room when the dog enters. Of course, this is just a general rule of thumb and there will be exceptions. This is especially true in those felines that have been raised with other pets since little and are used to them being around.
Though it is true that Sphynxes are loving and affectionate with people, they do not have a huge amount of tolerance for young children and can have quite low thresholds when it comes to putting up with things like ear pinching or tail pulling! As such, those with young children should probably opt for a different breed of cat.
Their lack of fur means that they have specific requirements and do not do well in cold climates. It also puts them at high risk for sun burn. Most will be kept as indoor-only cats for this reason and an effort should be made to keep the home a similar temperature at all times. Due to their lack of fur, many Sphynx cats will be on the constant look out for heat and are known to be sun-bathers, basking in any ray of sunshine that comes in the window. They also love to cuddle up close to owners and to sleep in their beds. During the winter, some owners will provide their Sphynx cats with cat clothes such as jumpers, though not every individual will tolerate this!
Very active and moderately athletic, the Sphynx loves to play around and get some exercise. Their curiosity and intelligence mean that they particularly enjoy playing with interactive toys and puzzles and will often solve any problem put to them in good time. They benefit from having access to lots of different toys and are big fans of laser pointers and wind-up mice. More so than other cats, the Sphynx is known for being an intelligent breed and can actually be trained to learn several commands.
Happy when down low and up high, these cats enjoy having a climb every now and then and will certainly make good use of any cat trees in the home. They are particularly fond of those cat trees that contain ‘hideaway beds’ so that they can catch some shut eye without being interrupted!
Not surprisingly, grooming of the Sphynx is fairly minimal. However, owners should not assume that there is no grooming required at all. It is important to gently brush the downy coat of the Sphynx once a week or so to spread their natural oils and remove any dead skin or debris that has built- up. Bathing in a mild shampoo every few weeks is often needed to prevent the body oils from accumulating. Each cat will have different requirements, and some may even need weekly baths. It’s important to introduce this routine to them from a young age so they learn to tolerate water and baths as a normal part of their life.
As well as their brushing and bathing, owners should be confident cleaning out the wax from the ears of their Sphynx and trimming nails if they become too long. Claw clipping is especially needed in older cats who can grow quite thick claws and do not tend to use their scratching posts as much.
Sphynx cats are known to have relatively good health and tend to live into their early teens.
Owners and breeders should be aware that the Sphynx is prone to a heart disease known as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). HCM is the most common heart disease we see in cats. It causes the walls of the heart to thicken dramatically, reducing their ability to function and to pump blood effectively around the body. The sooner the condition is diagnosed and treatment can start, the better the prognosis. HCM will eventually lead to heart failure and cats will show signs that include a fast breathing rate and a reluctance to exercise. Some unfortunate cats may also develop blood clots, which can cause issues all over the body but are best known for causing sudden hind limb paralysis. The best way to tell if a Sphynx has HCM or not is to take an ultrasound (echocardiogram) of their heart. As high blood pressure and hyperthyroidism can also cause similar changes, these diseases should be ruled out. Sadly, there is no cure for HCM and it is a progressive disease, but cats do respond well to medical therapy which can keep the symptoms under control for some time.
A curious cat that loves to play and bond closely with its family, the Sphynx can make a wonderful addition to a home with grown-up children. They are quite affectionate and do not like to be left alone for prolonged periods of time.
Guest post author: Kate Davis
Author bio:Dr Kate has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer.
Kate’s longtime interest is to help people to better communicate with their pet companions, and in doing so, to help them to strengthen their relationships with their cats and dogs.
If you’re a cat fan with a lot of love to give, why not take your feline fondness into the workplace? Starting a purrfect business is simple and there plenty of options available to you. Below I’ve listed a few of the best ways to start a feline inspired business.
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Turn Your Kitten Into A Social Media Influencer
Micro, macro, real or virtual, influencers are marketing superstars du jour. Brands pay top dollar for social media celebrities and you can get in on the action. How? By making your feline friend into a social media influencer.
Grumpy Cat is the world’s most successful feline influencer. She has a fortune of $99 million, a global following, and her own Wikipedia page. For some top tips on how to make your cat into an influencer, check out the video below:
Open Your Own Cat Cafe
It’s twenty years since the first cat cafe Cat Flower Garden opened in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1998. Today there are cat cafes across the globe, from Mumbai to Seattle. But starting your own isn’t only a way of turning your love of cats into a business, no. It’s also a way to help give abandoned kittens a new home.
America has some delightful cat cafes. Here is a pretty complete list of them.
But my personal favorite is Seattle Meowtropolitan – the Pacific Northwest’s finest cat cafe. They work with the Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) to help people adopt a rescue cat. Seattle Meowtropolitan is open from 9am to 6pm and offer four services:
They also have their own ecommerce store (more below on this) where you can buy a range of cat goodies. For some top tips on how to open your own cat cafe, watch the guide below:
Start A Purrfect Online Seattle Business
There are over one million ecommerce in North America alone and it’s simple for you to start your own.
The first step is to have a good idea – a niche for your business. This article has some great suggestions to inspire you. Once you’ve decided what your business will be, all you need is the will to make it a reality.
The most popular way to start an online business is to build one from scratch. There are many great ecommerce platforms but my favorite is WooCommerce. It’s a plugin for WordPress and is super easy to use. Another way is to buy a company that’s already making money. You could look at the businesses for sale inspired by cats. Once you’ve bought one you can either keep it as it is, or add your own kitty twist.
For a detailed run-through of how to start a purrfect online business, have a look at the video underneath. It explains how you can start an online business in only one week:
Making money from your passions is the dream. For cat lovers like you and me it’s simple to make our dream a reality. All you need to do is pick on of the ideas from this article and get started!
Guest post contributed by Patrick Foster
Seattle Meowtropolitan opened the day after Christmas in 2015. Many but not enough cat naps later, we are 3 years old!
Penguin is still mischievous and single-minded at getting all the cat treats he can.
His sister Robin continues to charm everyone with her diverse tricks and sweet meows and honing her bandit skills of stealing whip cream from unsuspecting hoomans.
Django’s fur is smoother than ever, and has claimed the suspension bridge as his personal afternoon napping spot.
Merlin still hasn’t overcome his fear of balloons, but secular as he is day from day 1. If you’ve gotten the chance to catch a few pets as he passes you are takes a nap, consider yourself lucky.
As for Clouds, if a cloud would reincarnate into a cat, it would be Clouds. Sir Clouds continues to hold the title to the Best Cat Meowdel of the Feline Kingdom, and most full figured lap cat.
What I am trying to say is : Holy meowly, Seattle Meowtropolitan is one more year older!
The cats kept us busy, and the hooman’s visit kept our cats fed and happy. To celebrate and thank you all for your support, visit the cat lounge on Dec 26th, our anniversary and we’ll give all of you a pair of Meowtropolitan cat socks.
We’ll be giving out limited amount of numbers of socks for each resident cat: Django, Clouds, Robin, Squid, Penguin and Merlin! So come ask for your favorite resident cat socks while supplies last.
Book your visit HERE
Here’s to many more years of cats and cat hair everywhere( ****except in your coffee. No cat hairs in your coffee)!!
Warm Purrs and Sincere Meows,
Ghost Cat and all the cats of Meowtropolitan
Artwork credit :
Friends of the Feline Kingdom, we have launched our Cat Lounge Membership program. For the frequent feline visitors, you will now get perks for coming to the cat lounge at a reduced rate.
|Lion (Gold) Purrchase HERE||Nine lives VIP(Individual Pass) Purrchase HERE||The Whole Pride (Family Pass) Purrchase HERE|
Note: On your purchase through the website, an email with instructions and your purchase receipt will be sent to your inbox, please check your spam box if you do not see it.
*All cat lounge visits subjected to space availability in Cat Lounge, please make a reservation to ensure spot. No complimentary drinks with unlimited visits.
**Membership starts at the time of purchase and expires one year from the end of the month that you purchased it in. Example: If you purchased on May 20, 2017, your expiration date would be May 31, 2018. Please allow 5 business days to process your order.
***Named adult must be present during the visit.
To buy your membership, click on the icons or links above to the corresponding membership levels.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF MEMBERSHIP
Membership is non-refundable and non-transferable. Misuse may result in forfeiture. Membership prices and benefits are subject to change.
Membership visits are applicable only during the hours of operation of Seattle Meowtropolitan cat cafe. A single visit consists of up to 50 minutes in the cat lounge starting from 11:10am, 12:10pm, 1:10pm, 2:10pm, 4:10pm, 5:10pm, 6:10pm, 7:10pm, or 8:10pm.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY
I, the undersigned, hereby release Seattle Meowtropolitan, Inc., and its board members, volunteers, foster families and affiliates of any and all liability, expense, damage, loss or cost as a result of any claim brought against Seattle Meowtropolitan, Inc. whether as a result of negligence, willful action or recklessness. I acknowledge that cats, even under the best of circumstances, may be unpredictable, may bite or scratch, and may transmit zoonotic diseases. I will not hold Seattle Meowtropolitan, Inc. liable for any emotional, physical, personal or property damage suffered while participating, both directly and/or indirectly. I further agree that no other person, including but not limited to a spouse, family member, friend or other participant on my behalf, will hold Seattle Meowtropolitan, Inc. liable for any accident, damage, bodily injury or even death (including attorney’s fees) that arises from my voluntary participation in Seattle Meowtropolitan Cafe.
It is further agreed and understood that I shall maintain in full force and effect, a policy of insurance covering medical treatment and all related costs in the event of an injury to me as a result of my participation in any and all activities at Seattle Meowtropolitan Cat Cafe as aforesaid. I also agree that if I do not maintain in full force and effect a policy of insurance, I am still liable for medical treatment and all related costs in the event of an injury to me as a result of my participation in any and all activities involving Seattle Meowtropolitan Cat Cafe as aforesaid. I further release and forever discharge Seattle Meowtropolitan, Inc. from any claim whatsoever which arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first aid, treatment, or service rendered in connection with my activities at Seattle Meowtropolitan Cat Cafe.
TERMS AND RULES OF THE CAT LOUNGE
I hereby acknowledge and accept that I may forfeit membership fees to and be refused service from Seattle Meowtropolitan, Inc. if I violate the following rules of Seattle Meowtropolitan Cat Cafe:
- Minimum age for entrance into the cat lounge is 8 years old.
- I will not bring my own or otherwise foreign cat or animal into the event venue.
- I will give cats appropriate space and will not restrict their freedom of movement.
- I will not harass the cats, physically or with loud noises.
- I will refrain from picking up cats or trapping them in any way.
- If I am a Parent or Guardian, I will supervise and accompany my minor or child at all times. Their actions are my responsibility.
- We reserve the right to refuse entry and service to anyone.
- If you do anything that is detrimental to the well-being of the cats, we will kick you out.
- Those of you who bring kids, they are your responsibility. You MUST supervise your kids at all times.
- Cats can be volatile. We cannot perform animal mind-control, so be wary around them. If they show signs of aggression or discomfort, please do not agitate them further. We are not liable if they lash out at you.
The cats are looking forward to the holidays! The cat cafe will close or have reduced hours coming up, so make sure you know our holiday hours.
Nov 22nd -CLOSED for Thanksgiving
Dec 24th – Open 9:00am until 1:30pm
Dec 25th – CLOSED for Xmas
Dec 31st – CLOSED for New Year’s Eve
Jan 1st – CLOSED for New Year’s Day
Remember to book your visits in advance at seattlemeowtropolitan.com/visit
SEATTLE MEOWTROPOLITAN BLACK FRIDAY SALES STARTS NOW!
We are offering a limited-time promotion for 50% off the monthly yoga membership (Meowga Monthly), yoga 5-class pack (Feline Flow Five Pack), and painting 4-pack (Purr & Paint Four Pack) until the day after Thanksgiving (11/23/18). This would be a fantastic holiday gift for your cat lady friend!
Use the code THANKSMEOW18 when checking out for the 50% discount.
Meowga Monthly: Buy Here
Feline Flow Five Pack: Buy Here
Paint & Purr Four Pack: Buy Here
Get in on the deal while it lasts!
HEAR, HEAR !
We’ve been named as the top themed cafe in the US. Based on Yelp reviews, the data-driven neighborhood directory Hoodline has determined that Seattle Meowtropolitan cat cafe is the top of the litter in the ENTIRE NATION!
READ THE ARTICLE HERE: https://hoodline.com/2018/10/purrfectly-quirky-america-s-25-favorite-themed-cafes
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you human visitors, from the bottom of our heart, for supporting and coming to visit our cat lounge.
We set out to bring Seattle its first Cat Cafe in the end of 2015. Our mission was to provide an unique experience for the community and a platform for humans and felines to interact in a comfortable environment. Furthermore, to educate people about felines and raise awareness for homeless cats. Our team is proud to provide stellar customer service and contribute to the welfare of cats. We appreciate the wonderful Yelp reviews you’ve left and will continue to provide the community top quality coffee and feline experience. Please continue showing us your support and your love for our cat lounge as we continue to pair homeless cats with loving families.
and the Cats of Meowtropolitan
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