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Hairless Cat Facts For Kids — 16 Comments

  1. LOL clawless and hairless in the same sentence? I have 2 Sphynx cats which means they were born hairless, which is quite different from a cat that is made clawless by amputation. Granted that hairlessness is a mutation, but it sure doesn’t compromise the health of the cat. In reality Sphynx are no more defective than bald people, and we don’t forbid them from procreating. Live and let live. Peace. Love the web site btw.

    • Thanks Martha. I confess, I do like Sphynx cats. I discovered I liked them when I went to a cat show and played with one. Smart and like a monkey.

      I think the point Ruth is making is the idea that people should take what is a really a “defect” (no hair) and make it a feature. That is against nature. Coats do have a useful purpose. The coat is a major anatomical element for the cat. In the wild a hairless cat would find it much harder to survive.

      I am not being critical just looking at it from the standpoint of nature. Yes, the mutation does occur naturally but it is a genetic mistake that does not enhance survivability which is why it did not take hold in nature.

      • Thanks Michael for your explanation. I allowed that the hairless gene is a mutation but I chose that word because I think “mutation” connotes something different from “defect.” I don’t disagree that in terms of survival in the wild hairlessness wouldn’t have enhanced survival, so in that sense I can see why some might call it a defect, but I question whether survival in the wild is the only valid metric. Since cats today live indoors so much (mine do 100%), do traits for surviving in the wild mean what they used to? I don’t think so, no more than smaller people are defective because they can’t beat a mastodon with just stones and lances :o) That is why I disagree with calling hairlessness a defect…in the current environment it’s not. It’s also worth noting that a hairless cat doesn’t miss a beat, unlike a declawed cat that would not be able to climb or scratch normally. Happily we are all in agreement on that subject …declawing a perfectly beautiful creature is just wrong, so if you favor the furniture, look into a nice aquarium.

        • You make a fair and valid point Martha. As a domestic cat hairlessness is not a problem. I simply question the ethics or thought processes of people who make a feature of a “defect” in a pure natural sense. I prefer natural things.

          • Oh I won’t defend people who see hairlessness as an opportunity to make money. I think profit is what is behind some of these new breeds like Elf, Dwelf, Bambino….

            But while I would not buy one of those breeds, I confess that hairlessness was one of the Sphynx attractions for me. It was not the main thing but it was a plus.

            Now the next question is, how can I support the Sphynx breed but not support those “designer cats” like Elf, Dwelf and Bambino?

            Well, for one thing there are enough Sphynx cats in existence today that if a cat breeder is just looking for profit, a Sphynx would not be that lucrative. When it comes to the designer breeds, I question what else is the motivation besides creating demand from nothing.

            Also, those designer breeds are actually man-made, which is why I call them designer breeds. It goes like this – take 2 cats, breed them, and instead of a moggie call it a new breed – what kind of logic is that? On the other hand, the Sphynx gene is not anything forced by human hands but rather a natural occurrence.

            I think that’s about all I can bring …thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. I always enjoy your ‘cat facts for kids’ pages too Michael
    I wish people wouldn’t mess with Nature, all cats were supposed to be born with fur coats πŸ™

  3. I can expand your list from 6 to at least 10. The Ukrainian Levkoy Cat is a fold-eared naked cat. The Cheops is a hairless version of American Cornish Rex. The Minskin is a hairless Munchkin-type cat with slight fur on the points. There was, until recently, the Hawaiian Hairless (Kohana), but it has been allowed to die out due to health problems. If you count cats with partial hairlessness there is also the Lykoi and a mutation that is still being studied where the cats are hairless except for a lion-like mane. And a strain of Mexican Hairless (the first hairless breed) may have resurfaced.

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