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Caring for a Hairless Cat

Are you considering adopting a hairless cat? Sphynx cats, Bambino, Peterbald, and other naked kitties can make wonderful pets! Caring for a cat without fur isn’t drastically different from caring from any other feline, but there are some things you’ll need to know about your pet’s needs. Here, an Aurora, CO vet discusses caring for hairless cats.

Grooming

It may surprise you to realize that kitties without fur still need a lot of grooming. In fact, they may need more help with their beauty rituals than regular cats do. Because your feline pal doesn’t have eyelashes to keep dust off her face, you will need to make sure that her eyes, ears, and nose stay free of dirt and debris. You’ll also have to wash your kitty’s ears. Your pet doesn’t have fur to absorb oil from her skin, so she may get a little greasy. You won’t have to spend too much time grooming your cat: weekly wipe downs or baths should suffice. Be very careful with product choices, as you don’t want to irritate your cat’s skin with harsh cleansers. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Temperature

Since your cat won’t have fur to keep her warm, she’ll get chilly very easily, and could get sick if she gets too cold. Keep your home between 76 and 84 degrees. Your kitty may need clothes in cold weather. Choose soft fabrics that won’t scratch or irritate your pet’s skin, and avoid anything tight or constricting. Your feline buddy will also appreciate lots of warm sleeping spots, such as a heated pet tent or bed.

Veterinary Care

Your feline friend will need to see the vet regularly. Just like any other kitty, she should be spayed or neutered. You’ll also need to keep up with your bald buddy’s exams, vaccinations, and parasite control products. In between appointments, watch for signs of illness, such as hiding, lethargy, and unusual behavior or vocalizations. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Purrs and Snuggles

Hairless cats tend to be extremely affectionate, and love to cuddle. These sweet kitties can get lonely if they are left by themselves too long, so if you are out a lot, consider getting your cat a playmate to snuggle up with.

Please contact us, your Aurora, CO vet clinic, for all your hairless cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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