Most Sphynx cats are hairless, and if you are thinking about adding one to your family, you may find yourself wondering, are their poopy holes sticky? If they are, just how sticky are they? This article is all about are sphynx cat butts sticky?
This post was updated on November 10th, 2022.
And more importantly, does a Sphynx cat butt collect all manner of fluff and nonsense every time they plant their derrière somewhere warm and cozy?
Are Sphynx Cat Butts Sticky?
Yes, a cat’s butthole can be sticky. A furry kitty cat has the benefit of their natural clothing (fur) to cover it up but a Sphynx is naked. However, a naked butt doesn’t get feces caught in the fur, making it much easier to clean. Any stickiness on a Sphynx kitty cat’s butt is usually oil from their skin and saliva from their self-cleaning habits.
Wiping a Sphynx cat down with baby wipes is a top choice among owners to keep them tidy and squeaky clean between baths.
Amazon has a bunch of wipes to choose from and just like with babies, unscented and sensitive skin wipes are idea. For more information on the Sphynx cat supplies you will need, check out our Essential Checklist For Sphynx Cat post.
What about pooping?
Cats don’t use toilet paper, and they certainly don’t jump in the shower at the end of every day. Yes, they use their tongues to groom, but do they really use it on that?
Now, you’re probably wondering…
Do Cats’ Buttholes Touch What They Sit On?
Cats, even hairless ones, tend to sit on everything, including quite a few places where you regularly rest your head (No, not the cushions again! You only cleaned them yesterday!).
Cats aren’t restricted to societal norms of only placing their dirty stinkers where it’s considered polite. So, how much should you be worried about where your Sphynx cat butt has been? On the lounge, on the cushions, even your bedroom pillows, maybe?
Yes, yes, and, without a doubt, yes. Think of a place, any place, and it’s likely the area has been the victim of a close encounter with a cat’s poop chute. In the case of the Sphynx cat, butt hole to pillow contact is raw and unfiltered. You don’t even get the satisfaction of a layer of fur to protect you from the skin to fabric connection.
It’s likely there has been a transfer of all manner of nasties during the stinky skin-to- pillow exchange. Thank goodness for immune systems.
Is it safe to rest your weary head when a Sphynx cat butt is free roaming all over the house and settling on all places comfy? Can you relax, or should you reach for the disinfectant spray before a good lay down?
Before you head off to adopt your new Sphynx, you’ll want to know for sure whether your new Sphynx cat will be more work for you or not. To put it directly, yes. Sphynx cats are more work than an average house cat with fur. All Sphynx cat owners I have talked to say they are well worth it!
If you would like an expert’s opinion on owning Sphynx cat, check out our post Is A Sphynx Cat A Good Pet? This Cat Expert Weighed In. You will get a tremendous amount of feedback from a Sphynx cat parent who currently has four Sphynx cats. She has owned a total of nine throughout her life.
If you have are a cat parent of a Sphynx already or are on your way to adopting one, we recommend a good urine and feces cleaner. Our top pick is Rocco and Roxie’s, and you can ready all about this product on our review here: Rocco and Roxie’s How To Use Odor And Pet Stain Remover.
All cat breeds are purring about lick sticks, and we did a product review for Vitakraft Lick n’ Lap here.
Let’s find out what you will be in for when you bring your Sphynx cat home, and answer the question, “are Sphynx cat butts sticky?” once and for all.
How Are Sphynx Cats’ Butts Sticky?
You see that hairless skin on the Sphynx cat, and you’re tempted to take one home. Sure, it’s kind of funny looking in a Lord of the Rings Golem kind of way, but no fur means no grooming, right?
The lack of fur on a Sphynx cat means you need to schedule a grooming session at least once a week. Yes, Sphynx cats are personal groomers and use their tongue just like any other cat, but their lack of fur creates a few problems for them, but mostly for their owners.
Do Hairless Cats Leave Oil Spots?
Do hairless cats leave oil spots? It’s a valid question many potential Sphynx owners have asked, and the answer might surprise you. While it’s true that most cats have fur that absorbs the oils their skin produces, hairless cats don’t have that same advantage. So, do they leave oil spots?
The short answer is yes, hairless cats can leave oil spots. However, the oil secretion from their skin is usually much less than that of a furry cat. That being said, hairless cats may still leave small, greasy spots in places that they sleep or lounge. You may also notice these spots on your furniture or carpets.
Luckily, it’s easy to prevent and treat these spots. Simply wipe down your cat’s skin with a damp cloth every few days. This will help keep the oils at bay and reduce the amount of oil spots they leave behind. Additionally, you can use a pet-friendly cleaner to clean any oil spots on your furniture or carpets.
So, while hairless cats may leave oil spots, it’ does not tend to be a deal breaker for cat lovers who have their eye on being adopted by a hairless wonder. With some simple maintenance, you can keep your furless baby’s skin healthy and your home free of unsightly spots.
More about that oil….
A cat’s skin produces oils, which are conveniently soaked up by their fur to keep it nice and soft and shiny. Cats also produce saliva, and on a furry cat, all that wet licking action gets soaked up the by fur.
All manner of inconvenient stickiness from wet tongues and oil excretions is conveniently dealt with by thick, beautiful coats of furriness. All you have to worry about is the DEFCON 5 scenarios on the pillows and cushions because of all the hairless cat bum to cushion contact.
Furless Sphynx cats aren’t so lucky.
The saliva has nowhere to go, except as a thin layer of sticky moistness on the Sphynx cat’s body, including their butt. So now you know, it’s mostly cat saliva and excreted oil responsible for a Sphynx cat’s sticky rear end.
You’re probably still a little curious about just how sticky can they get?
How Sticky are Sphynx Cats’ Butts?
We know from all the saliva and oil buildup that hairless cat skin will get kind of sticky if left to its own devices.
However, their rear ends don’t get all superglue kind of sticky. You won’t see a mess of bobby pins, cotton fluff, or that coat button you lost under the couch last week wobbling about on your Sphynx cat’s butt cheeks.
However, if you’re a cat cuddler like most cat owners, then you may find your Sphynx cat’s stickiness a little distasteful during a bonding moment.
Caring for a hairless cat isn’t for the faint of heart. Before you decide to bring one into your life, consider these Sphynx cat essentials to ensure your cat is always in good health.
- Bath Robe
- Sphynx Cat Wipes
- Vertical Cat Scratcher
- Horizontal Cat Scratcher
Sticky butts or not, oil and saliva build-up on Sphynx cats mean they may leave reddish-brown stains and odorous residue on your cushions and pillows.
It’s not too much of a problem, though, provided you regularly groom and bathe your Sphynx.
Unlike most cats, which will happily go from litter to grave without once setting foot in a puddle of water, much less be subjected to a weekly scrub in a tub, hairless cats require regular bath time fun for a healthy, happy life.
Fortunately, most Sphynx kittens are subjected to baths early on in their life. By the time they get to your home, they should be acclimated to the weekly ordeal.
Some owners may get a Sphynx that has retained the natural cat instinct to fight to the death rather than have a bath. The last thing you want is to go through psychological warfare and a battle of the wills with your cat when it’s bath time. Check with your breeder or rescue to find out whether their kittens have been acclimated.
Keep in mind that all cats sweat, and no amount of bathing will prevent a Sphynx from leaving reddish-brown stains wherever they lay during warm weather. If you aren’t the type of person who can put up with this, then a hairless cat may not be suitable for you.
Another challenge area for Sphynx cats due to their lack of fur is their ears. Fur cats possess a natural barrier of soft fur inside their ears to stop dust, dirt, and debris from making it all the way down the canal.
Sphynx’s ears are dust and fluff magnets.
They also produce a seemingly endless stream of dark earwax that can stain clothes and furniture and create ear blockages if left unchecked.
You will need to take care of a Sphynx cat’s ears at least twice a week. Cleaning them with a cotton swab and cleaner will help you avoid ear infections. Here is a step by step video.
Sphynx cats may look like they are an acquired taste, but they are a loving, intelligent companion who will greet you at the door and will always appreciate your company.
If you’re the type of person who enjoys caring and bonding with an animal and won’t mind the occasional bare Sphynx cat butt on pillows and cushions, the rewards of caring for a Sphynx will be worth it. I invite you to read our other Sphynx cat blog posts:
Until next time, purrs and headbutts (sticky ones too ;)!
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