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Bathing your Sphynx Cat and why.


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Jan 13, 2009
Why do I have to bathe my Sphynx cat once a week and why is he so oily and dirty?

Sphynx cats tend to show dirt and oil for the lack of fur, their skin produces the same oils as a fully furred cat (sebum), but the oil is not spread or hidden in the fur. Some sphynx cats will get dirtier more frequently then others. Keep in mind more frequent bathing can actually cause your Sphynx to become dirtier.

How often should I bath my Sphynx cat

We reccomend several weeks or even longer sometimes, depending on how oily and dirty your sphynx cat gets. More bathing equals more dirt believe it or not!

Where do I bathe my Sphynx cat?

A Sphynx kitten we recommend in the sink, fill the water up to about his chest area and gently wet him or her with your hand 0r a cup, and clean away. If he or she becomes fidgety, place your hand on the back of the cats neck gently, but firm to control their movements. Be careful not to get shampoo or water in the nose, eyes or ears. A larger Sphynx cat can be bathed in your bath tub with the water being up to their chest area and gently wash them in the same manner. Be careful not to get shampoo or water in their nose eyes or ears.

Don't make it a "big deal" when it's bath time. Be prepared first, then just "do it."

Preparation and organization is key. The more organized you are - the quicker this will be done.

  • Fill the tub first before retrieving the cat, try to fill to chest height or shoulder height.
  • Put a rubber matt liner in the tub to prevent slipping around.
  • Get a towel or two ready for drying in the bathroom or sink area.
  • Some sphynx owners choose to use exfoliating gloves to bath their sphynx.
  • Have the shampoo (the amount you will use) ready a small cup or an available mouth-wash disposable cup for quick use as apposed to fumbling with a shampoo bottle.
  • Have pre-made large cups or tupperware containers with warm water for quick rinsing.
    Calm encouraging words are much more effective than "baby talk" in this particular situation.
  • After the bath, be sure to reward with a treat or two.

Preparation and organization is key for a successful bath. The more you your fear or become distraught towards bath time - the harder it will be for your Sphynx. You need the "This ain't nothin" cattitude!

What type of shampoo should I use on my Sphynx Cat?
  • Hylyt pet shampoo.
  • D'grease pet shampoo.

TIP 1: Before and after care.
Coconut oil (organic) is also good for your Sphynx cat's skin to loosen up dirt before a bath and help keep their skin a little cleaner in between baths. Apply the coconut oil five to ten minutes before bath time and it will help to loosen the dirts and oils up to get them squeaky clean! Coconut oil is also very good if your Sphynx cat has dry skin, apply coconut oil to moisturize the skin. just use enough to remove dirt in specific areas, DO NOT baste your cat in Coconut oil or he will become a naked dirt magnet!

TIP 2: In between bath care.
Baby wipes are great to use in between baths to clean dirty areas and sometimes to wipe down their little butts when needed.

TIP 3: Exfoliating Gloves.
Many sphynx owners use exfoliating gloves and say it works well to wash their sphynx.


Important: As always check with your vet first, and make sure all products are pet safe!
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