To meow or not to meow, that is the question. Actually, the real question is, do Sphynx cats meow?
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 (sometimes rumbling a robust purr too) 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.
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. A sphynx cat essentials list is often created by a sphynx owner due to their unique needs.
Some Sphynx owners like to dress this breed of cat or kitten in clothes. Not all of them like to wear little sweaters and shirts, but some do because it keeps them nice and warm.
Some owners take advantage of the fact their little bald kittens need extra warmth and provide their cat with a wardrobe of fashionable cat clothes. If you are going to need to dress him, might as well make him cute too, right?!
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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.
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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.
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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 gently wiping them clean at least 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 cat 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. You can also wipe them down with a warm, damp cloth or baby wipes.
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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 his noises.
Noises That Your Sphynx Cat Might Make
When you get a hairless Sphynx, you’re getting a chatty cat.
Do Sphynx Cats Meow Alot?
Yes indeed, they do! 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.
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.
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.
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, and purrs too!
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Do Sphynx Cats Get Lonely If Left Alone?
This bald cats are super attached to their owners. Much like the Siamese, they tend to be a bit clingy and love attention. Many Sphynx cat owners have two or more so that they can keep each other company when the owner is away. If you are a traveling NOMAD and you cannot take your Sphynx with you, this might not be the breed to adopt. Leaving your Sphynx cat alone for 6-8 hours is probably okay, but you should monitor if it brings on increased anxiety and make accommodations.
What Health Problems Do Sphynx Cats Have?
Just like all cat breeds, this cat is typically healthy and happy but with one major health issue that does seem to affect them often. This health problem is HCM, also known as Hypertophic Cardiomyopathy. It is heart disease. Unlike some heart disease issues found in humans and obese cats, HCM is largely due to a genetic component. Much research is being done to prevent this from happening.
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