My Ace loves to lay on our laps & loves to be pet, & especially loves burying himself under our throw covers on our lap. But he does not like to be picked up or held, not even held in our laps or hugged. He will tolerate it very well & never scratches, even succumbing to his fate and waiting to be released, for a short time any way. Then he starts meowing and wiggling to be set free. But he can't hate it too much, because once free he stays by us. They way he carries on you would think he would run for his life once free. Just curious, do your sphynx like to be held?