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    • Couldn’t resist. When I read about the study my first thought was Dirty Harry πŸ˜‰ because I remembered this bunch of photos of Sphynx cats that I had published years ago. They do have that Dirty Harry make my day look. They even look a bit like Clint Eastwood….

    • More like funky Sphynx collage. I couldn’t resist making this cat look the opposite to friendly. Just because I am a bit of a rebel πŸ˜‰ Thanks though for calling it “cool”.

  2. Hi Michael,

    You know I had to participate in this one.

    Cool to read a post involving a Sphynx πŸ™‚

    First – interesting study.

    But as mentioned, 129 is way too small of a number for a test group. In my mind it would have to be thousands studied from several countries to even qualify as a cat friendliness study.

    Cool that someone thinks the Sphynx is the friendliest and smartest cat, but I can tell you from personal experience that all breeds have friendly and intelligent individuals.

    You brought up a very interesting point that wouldn’t occur to everyone – many breeders are careful about doing a good job socializing their kittens so that they can have a good reputation for branding purposes.

    Marc – glad you dig their look. I think they’re beautiful.

    Michael – hairless cats aren’t hypoallergenic per se, but if you bathe them every week and wipe them down once or twice in between, they are relatively hypoallergenic. My husband’s brother is allergic to cats but he can handle our hairless cats without having a reaction. You’re right – they are nice to touch, they do get cold, and are vulnerable to sunburn (and skin cancer). Ours wear cat shirts and sweaters and love to crawl under the covers with us at night and frequently sit on our lap during the day. We never bring them out in direct sunlight.

    They require additional weekly grooming as well – eyes, ears, claws.

    I love giving them weekly baths but not everyone would enjoy that. They shower with me too and love it.

    =^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=

    • When I wrote this I forgot you are a hairless cat expert! Scary. I want you to write me an article on the Ukrainian Levkoy. You can link to your site and I’ll pay you if you like. Otherwise I’ll do it. That’s a threat πŸ˜‰

      • Hi Michael,

        I’d be happy to write an article for you and your site.

        I can contact you or you can contact me – up to you.

        =^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=

    • I agree “studies” are often misleading especially questionnaires. Even hard science style studies can come to the wrong conclusions. That said the Sphynx has a bit of a reputation, albeit anecdotal. Most moggies are friendly, period, full stop. What I do like about the study is that at least people are talking about cat personality. We need more of this and less on appearance.

  3. Odly enough I don’t necessarily find Sphynx cats to look unfriendly. Without all that fur they have very expressive faces and humans tend to anthropomorphisize (cant spell that, sorry) and think they are grouchy or grumpy looking. But humans always take what is infact neither here nor there to look more negative than positive. I love the way Sphynx cats look, I think if they are happy, or sad – or whatever, you can really see it once you get past anthropomor…..ing them. I’d just love to live with one of these cats and get to know him or her πŸ™‚

    I think the study is poor at best because its a low number of subjects and the only way you could really come up with a vaguely real answer is to take cats who have all been brought up in the exact same manner, with alot of attention and care from when they are born. Maybe then you could start comparing them based on their having had the same life experience and relationship with humans. Personally I have always found tabby cats, especially boys, but all tabbys to be the most friendly. Ironically in view of this study. This study was reported in the Swiss newspaper actually and they said the ‘tigerli’ (that literally means ‘little tiger’, so the tabby) is the least friendly. Thats how they put it in their own report on the study – after which they talked about purebred and mixed ….etc. I thought it was interesting that they associate tigerli, or tabby, as meaning mixed breed when infact purebred cats are often tabbies. Just a thought.

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