EARS Sphynx cats have a black waxy buildup in their ears, due to lack of hair. This is normal for this breed and it is usually not ear mites. You may use baby wipes (with NO ALOCHOL) or regular size cotton swabs (Q-tips) to remove wax buildup. Please be careful when using cotton swabs to not push any wax back into the ear canal as this may lead to infection. Avoid harsh cleansers as Sphynx may be sensitive and have allergic reaction to them. Ears should be cleaned at least once a week. If you notice kitty digging or scratching at their ears, tilting or excessive shaking of the head, this may be ear mites or a yeast infection. Take kitty to the vet as these conditions, left untreated, could lead to severe health problems.
NAILS Sphynx should have their nails trimmed and cleaned regularly. When clipping nails be sure to avoid clipping into the pink vein area inside the nail as this causes discomfort to your kitten. You may use regular toenail clippers for kittens and a cat clipper on adults . Sphynx will get a black waxy buildup on their nails and this is normal for the breed. It works best to clean them weekly using baby wipes with aloe and with NO ALCOHOL. A cat's claw is a complex digit. It is not just a fingernail as it is with humans. The nails retract and are actuated by muscles and tendons. By cutting into these, you raise the risk of serious long-term physical and emotion impacts for your cat. Declawed cats in effect are reduced in their ability to gain traction and to walk properly. They have to move with their weight shifted backwards from their natural posture. Claws exist for many reasons: 1) To stretch out muscles and spine. 2) To help exercise and stay fit. 3) To provide a defense against mistreatment or other animals. 4) To provide traction and grip in all sorts of environments. I do not declaw my cats. These are just a few reasons I do not declaw or permit declawing of my cats. Plus it is very painful for kitty and, with the lack of hair, there is nothing preventing bacteria getting impacted and causing infection.
TEETH Sphynx can have darkened teeth due to nursing on their mothers.The teeth can also be darkened when the kittens groom themselves. You can brush their teeth to keep them clean, and help prevent tartar buildup.
EYES Sphynx get buildup in their eyes as they do not have eyelashes to protect their eyes form dirt. You may cleanse around their eyes with a warm wet cotton ball or a warm wet washcloth. If you notice redness, swelling or yellow/green discharge please see your Veterinarian.
BATHING Your Sphynx should be bathed at least every 3 weeks (if necessary). The Sphynx breed secretes natural oils that cause dirt to build up. I use goat's milk soap. It lathers very nicely. Rinses easily and leaves the skin clean, soft and moisturized. Baby wipes that do not contain alcohol are great for touch ups. Rinse your Sphynx very well after washing and dry immediately. Before bathing, is a good time to trim their nails and clean their ears.
KITTEN CARE Kittens take time to adjust to their new home and companions. Bringing a kitten home is like bringing a baby home; you need to kitten proof your house. They like to climb, and chew on loose cords and get into anything that's left out. Please consider hanging curtain cords to also be a risk. Break-Away collars are best used when introducing your kitten to wearing a collar. Please supervise your kitten when introducing new clothing, collars and toys, check for choking hazards. Always watch for allergic reactions when introducing new food, treats, and litter.