A Purr To Remember: Do Sphynx Cats Meow?

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To meow or not to meow, that is the question. Actually, the real question is, do Sphynx cats meow?

The answer is that hairless cats — and we’re largely talking about Sphynx here — do indeed meow, and you can find plenty of examples of delighted owners posting videos of their felines meowing on YouTube. They have an adorable slightly high-pitched meow and they’re not shy about using it, because the Sphynx is a naturally inquisitive and vocal kitty.

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If you’re thinking about getting a cat, a hairless feline like the Sphynx can be a great choice because of their playful and adventurous nature.

But they’re not for everybody, and some people are turned off by the lack of hair. Indeed, some moviegoers might even the Austin Powers movies making a joke out of having the Sphynx Mr. Bigglesworth as his pet. But in the real world they can be a fantastic addition to your household.

Indeed, some owners love their hairless cats because their vibrant and friendly nature makes them seem almost more like dogs than the typical feline. Don’t be surprised if you get a Sphynx and it greets you at the front door with enthusiastic meows every time you come home.

Basic Information About Sphynx Cats And Their Meows

It’s important before contacting a shelter or breeder about a hairless cat to know some information about the history of the Sphynx to help guide your decision.

Hairless cats are centuries old, and are believed to date back to at least the time of the Aztecs and perhaps even earlier. The Sphynx is a particular breed of hairless that was created in the mid-1960s as a result of selective breeding, with the first (a male) said to have been born in Ontario, Canada, in 1966. But the vast majority of today’s Sphynx are the offspring from a trio of hairless kittens that were discovered in 1978 in Toronto, also in Canada.

Although the Sphynx appears hairless and has a unique appearance with wrinkles of skin all over its body, they’re actually covered with a very light layer of fluff. It’s almost impossible to see with the human eye, but run your hand over a hairless cat and you’ll instantly feel the one-of-a-kind pleasant sensation of a smooth feline that loves to be petted and paid attention.

Because their bodies are largely hairless, the Sphynx will need regular grooming that typically requires scrubbing them clean one day every week.

Even though, like other cats, the Sphynx will try to groom and clean itself, the oil that their skin produces can capture dirt around the house. The easiest way to give your hairless cut a clean is to bathe it, but be sure to use a special pet shampoo that is designed to fight off any germs lingering on the cat’s skin. It doesn’t require a lot of your time, but bathing your Sphynx will help to keep them healthy while preventing them from dragging dirt around the house.

Of course, your Sphynx might not enjoy getting wet, and they’ll make it known with a meow. And that’s just one example of the ways that you can assess your cat’s behavior through its noises.

Noises That Your Sphynx Cat Might Make

When you get a hairless Sphynx, you’re getting a chatty cat.

Hairless felines will meow often, and will do so to communicate a wide range of needs. From telling you they want some food or water, to simply saying hello to their human, or from responding to noises you might be making, to doing it based off nothing but boredom — these are just some of the many reasons that your Sphynx will decide to meow.

There’s typically no need to worry when your hairless cat is meowing; they’re simply being social and showing off that they like to talk. In fact, you should be more concerned if your normally noisy Sphynx starts to get very quiet and withdrawn. This could be a sign that there’s a medical condition you might need to get checked out by a veterinarian.

There are typically three types of noise you’ll hear from your hairless cat, and knowing why they’re making each sound is vital to be able to understand their behavior.

  • Purring
    This is typically a vocal sign of a very content kitty, and it’ll happen when they’re comfortable and you are petting them. But also note that purring can sometimes be a signal from your Sphynx that it wants to be fed. 
  • Chirping
    Shorter in length and higher in pitch than a typical meow, your Sphynx will chirp when it’s being playful with you or with other cats. It’s a perfectly normal sound to come out of your hairless cat and means they’re having a fun time.
  • Meowing
    Aside from purring and chirping, meowing is the noise you’ll hear most from your hairless cat. As described above, they might do this for a broad range of reasons, but it’s very rare that a Sphynx would use its meows to signal distress about something.

If You’re Okay With Plenty Of Meowing, Consider Getting A Sphynx

A Sphynx cat can be a wonderful pet so long as the owner is fully informed about how to take care of the feline, and is aware that the cat will indeed meow. 

If you’re thinking of getting a hairless cat just remember they’ll make noise, so they’re not necessarily the best choice of feline for an owner who likes a lot of silence. Other breeds of cat meow much less, or barely at all, and would be a better fit for such home. 

But if you’re fine with hearing a lot from your hairless friend, a Sphynx can be a wonderful choice whether you live alone or with family or friends. They’re an excellent addition to a home because they’re friendly, curious, and good-natured. So answering, do Sphynx cats meow, if you give them the love that they deserve, they’ll communicate it back with many memorable loving meows.

Kritter Kommunity Contributor

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