It is ironic, very ironic that this classic looking purebred hairless cat, a Sphynx called ‘Sassy Pants’, has been relinquished to a animal shelter, adopted twice and returned twice. It appears that she is unpopular, almost unwanted and yet breeders breed these cats because they believe that they are desirable.
“She is super friendly and loves people. She is an unusual looking cat and we find most people get put off when they come in but when they meet her they love her. She is not shy and that changes a lot of people’s minds when they meet her, which is a good thing.
She’s going to need a big home to stroll about in because she would be stressed in a small place. She needs an indoor home and a garden would be good so she can get out on her lead. She settled in so well here that I don’t think it will be a problem settling in another home.”
– JSPCA SPOKESPERSON
It is doubly ironic because Sassy Pants was the model for a promotional photoshoot.
I suppose the moral behind this story is that the Sphynx cat is one of the purebreds you either love or hate. The appearance will put a good number of people off. I am not sure if they are put off by the appearance because they disagree with the idea of breeding cats with defective anatomy or because they see a cat who is relatively high maintenance.
But they are not difficult to maintain. You have to keep them indoors in the summer with limited excursions outdoors, on a leash for their protection, because they get sunburnt. You have to chamois leather them down once in a while to clean their skin! It gets oily apparently. And they are not hypoallergenic by which I mean if you are allergic to cats you’ll be allergic to Sphynx cats because the allergen that causes people to itch is in the cat’s saliva and hairless cats groom themselves like any other cat. Their skin has the allergen on it.
“The Sphynx cat is highly active, vocal, and intelligent, with a passionate need to explore everything within reach…They have been called ‘part monkey, part dog, part child, and part cat'” – Gloria Stephens Legacy of the Cat
In general the Sphynx cat has a nice character. They are bit monkey-like in their behavior. They are said to be smart.
She is at JSPCA – Jersey SPCA at Saint Helier, Jersey