Cats have played an important part in mankind’s life for thousands of years. They have been with us since our very first civilizations were formed, helping to act as pest control and as sentinels. Over time, as our civilizations became more advanced, they become more for show than for practical purposes. Many were bred for their long, beautiful thick coats and thick, bushy tails. Relatively recently though, a genetic error led to the birth of some kittens without fur. These hairless oddities captured the attention of breeders and a breeding program was put into place. The result is what we now know to be the Sphynx cat and they are among the most popular of all cat breeds today.
In addition to their unusual appearance, the Sphynx is a very friendly breed. It is known for its fondness of being around its owners and also loves to show off and be the center of attention. There is a misconception that they are suitable for allergy sufferers, but they still produce the allergens responsible for symptoms. It is also a misconception that they need no grooming due to their lack of fur but actually require more grooming than most other breeds.
This friendly cat is a fascinating breed and it comes associated with interesting facts.
Sphynx Cat Fact #10: Sphynx Cats Do Have Fur
The Sphynx cat’s unusual appearance isn’t to everybody’s liking. At first glance, it looks as though they are completely hairless, and this creeps some people out a bit. The thought of stroking a completely bald cat is not appealing to many people, even though it is unfair to the cat. After all, even bald cats deserve some love just as much as any others. Not only is it unfair, it is also misplaced as the Sphynx cat does have fur.
Sphynx cats are covered in short, fine hairs that actually make them feel very soft to the touch. Some people have described it as feeling like chamois. This makes it very pleasant to stroke them, even if they do appear to be a bag of dry, wrinkled skin. They also come in different patterns as their skin has different colors all over their body. While they may not appear to be the cuddliest of pets at first sight, you may be surprised.