Sometimes referred to as the Sphynx cat, hairless cats are remarkably unique. Their wide ears, big eyes, and wrinkled skin make them look like they are from another planet. Just like the majority of the other cat species, hairless cats are loving and affectionate. For anyone who has always been fascinated by hairless cats or has never heard about them, here are some enlightening facts to start you off.

1. The First Hairless Cat Was Called Prune

The first documented hairless cat was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1966 and was named Prune. It was born by a domestic and is believed to have initiated the first hairless cat breeding program. Prune’s lack of fur was a result of a genetic mutation.

While the breeding of hairless cats is mainly aided today, scientists insist that genetic mutation can occur naturally. However, the Sphynx breed came specifically from Prune.

2. There Was a Hairless Cat in Russia Called Demon with Four Tattoos

In 2017, there was a widespread public outcry amongst feline enthusiasts regarding a Russian body artist who had given his hairless cat, demon, four tattoos. Aleksandr Purtov drugged his cat with anesthesia and drew a cigarette, playing cards, and a prison tower on its body.

However, despite his pleas that he was gentle on the animal, many still had divided opinions on the matter. Interestingly, that was not the first incident in Russia where a hairless cat got tattooed.

3. Hairless Cats Have to Be Bathed Frequently to Avoid Having Greasy Skin

Because of the genetic mutation, hairless cats have oily skin. With time, the oil builds up on the skin, making it greasy. As such, these cats must be washed regularly, at least once weekly. Also, hairless cats shouldn’t spend much time in the sun because they can get sunburns.

4. Sphynx isn’t the Only Breed of Hairless Cats


While sphynx is the most popular breed of hairless cat, there are others. Popular examples include the Bambino, the Donskoy (Russian Hairless), the Dwelf, and the Elf. Each of these versions has very distinct features besides being hairless.

5. Hairless Cats Hate Getting Cold

Cats with fur have no problem with cold weather because they are well protected/adapted. However, for hairless cats, it’s an entirely different story. These pets need to be dressed in warm clothing at all times. Also, they should be kept indoors where temperatures are regulated.

6. Hairless Cats Are Very Friendly

Because of their different looks, some people assume that hairless cats are distant and unattractive. The truth is they are as affectionate as regular cats. If treated well, a hairless cat can be the best pet you or your child has ever had. They also love companionship and playing around. So, its best to get a hairless cat with another friendly pet.

7. It’s the Best Cat for People with Allergies

Hairless cats are the perfect option for anyone who has always wanted to own a cat but is allergic to the hairs they shed. Experts are convinced hairless cats are almost 100% hypoallergenic. Because they do not have hair, they do not shed the Fel D1 protein. Instead, it remains stuck on their skin, which can be cleaned off when bathing. With this cat, homeowners don’t have to worry about fur being dropped everywhere.

8. Maintaining a Hairless Cat is Not Cheap

Hairless cats are unique and are super expensive to maintain. To begin with, they are strictly indoor cats, and the temperatures must always be warm. Then, they have a higher metabolism; they eat way more regularly than most domestic cat breeds. The food they eat is also top-tier.

9. Hairless Cats are Great Climbers

One quick look at a hairless cat will reveal its athletic, solid physique, making them skilled climbers. A hairless cat will pounce on top shelves and get as high as possible, allowing them to explore more areas than regular pets.

It’s also worth noting that hairless cats tend to have strong paws, making it easy for them to pick up objects such as toys and even open doors. Anyone planning to adopt this breed should be aware of this.

10. It’s Forbes’s Top 10 Popular Cat Breed

Forbes ranks the Sphynx hairless cat among the top 10 most popular breeds. Many people love the Sphynx because it’s hairless and unique, resembling the famous Egyptian cat sculpture. This cat breed comes in various colors, and it’s super social.

11. Mr Bigglesworth from Austin Powers is the Most Popular Hairless Cat in the World

Apart from Prune, the first documented hairless cat, the other cat from this breed who has been able to attract worldwide fame is Mr Bigglesworth from the film Austin Powers. Mr Bigglesworth was once a show cat, where he played his role perfectly. He could sit still for minutes as other characters played their parts.

12. The Average Lifespan of a Sphynx Cat is 8 to 14 Years

Despite being high maintenance and vulnerable to certain weather conditions, the Sphynx cat can live up to 14 years as long as it’s well cared for. They only have to beat their vulnerabilities, which include various cat diseases like Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Ringworm, Heartworm, and Feline Leukemia as they age.

13. Hairless Cats are Pricey

Anyone planning to buy a hairless cat breed like the Sphynx should have a big budget because they are not cheap. The average price of a hairless cat ranges from $1,000 to $4,000, with the top-quality breeds fetching as much as $10,000.

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Last Update: July 1, 2024