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Hair Removal

katarinaone

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When we got our first sphynx the lady was pulling out the fine downy hair behind her ears and between her eyes and nose by hand. I feel way too mean and refuse to do it even though she never seemed to mind. I've seen a few of the sphynx cats (like Ludwig on LA Ink) who look like they don't have 1 hair anywhere!

My question is do people remove the hair for shows etc? Or is it just how the cat turns out when it's bred? If they do remove the hair, why and how?!
 

ckutkuhn7

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I don't know anything about hair removal. However, One of the kitties at Snuffie's breeders when I got her was absolutely bald. Not a single fuzz anywhere on her body. Snuffie's mom had scarce strangely hair along her back that would just come off. You could pet her and it would just come out. Snuffie has a fine down fuzz on her but its very light. And she has longer fuzzies on her nose and ears and tail. I think it just depends on the kitty. I'm sure other members will elaborate further.
 

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I know some breeders do it but I have never done it.
My Cleo is bald except for the hair on her nose and ears.
Wrinkles has hair on her tail but half has fallen out.
I am hoping it will fall out.
 

lemmysmommy

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I have never heard of pulling the hair out before. I would never do that!! It seems to mean to me. I understand that maybe for cat shows, but not pets. Lemmy has peach fuzz on his ears and hair on his tail....personally I think it gives him character!!:BigSmile:
 

ckutkuhn7

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yea physically pulling it out seems really harsh. I've read somewhere that hair can vary depending upon hormones or enviromental changes but I don't know how much truth it holds.
 

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I would never do that to my cats---seems cruel to me. Like using one of those yank the hairs out by the root things for your legs--did any of you ever try that???? There is a special place in hell for the designer of that for lying and saying it was painless.
 

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My Maizie is very bald but Jack has some hair on his spine and nose. I wouldn't pluck...how painful does that sound? Definately don't want to tidy the Aphrodite!:LOL:
 

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Like using one of those yank the hairs out by the root things for your legs--did any of you ever try that???? There is a special place in hell for the designer of that for lying and saying it was painless.
:LOL::LOL::LOL:Oh that's so true!!! Those things are evil!! :LOL::LOL::LOL:

Mug-Y has fine fuzz on his nose and has grown a "winter coat" of fluff on his ears...I could never pull it out!! Not that he'd ever let me anyway!!

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I would never do that to my cats---seems cruel to me. Like using one of those yank the hairs out by the root things for your legs--did any of you ever try that???? There is a special place in hell for the designer of that for lying and saying it was painless.
:Frown:I bought one of those contraptions when they first came out...plugged it in, took a swipe over about an inch and a half of my leg :Dizzy: :Dizzy:
and damn near passed out!:Shok:
Took that freakin' thing directly back to the store--and swore right then I'd rather braid the hair on my legs than do that to myself.:Angry::LOL::LOL::Hysterical:
 

myspecialboy

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:Frown:I bought one of those contraptions when they first came out...plugged it in, took a swipe over about an inch and a half of my leg :Dizzy: :Dizzy:
and damn near passed out!:Shok:
Took that freakin' thing directly back to the store--and swore right then I'd rather braid the hair on my legs than do that to myself.:Angry::LOL::LOL::Hysterical:
I've never used that, but I used to get my legs waxed. Never could get used to the pain! I wax elsewhere (sorry, TMI) and I pluck my eyebrows and those stopped hurting fast, but I'd hold back tears when they'd do my shins and ankles! I couldn't put a kitty through that!
Not that Chad needs it; he only has fuzz on his nose and two little wiskers! When he is being a bumhead, I do get tempted, though...
 

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:Frown:I bought one of those contraptions when they first came out...plugged it in, took a swipe over about an inch and a half of my leg :Dizzy: :Dizzy:
and damn near passed out!:Shok:
Took that freakin' thing directly back to the store--and swore right then I'd rather braid the hair on my legs than do that to myself.:Angry::LOL::LOL::Hysterical:
:LOL: Susi, I also tried it... Once. :Dizzy:
 

wundrlust

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OMG...I would never pull a hair off either of my boys. Chip (Moosh) has some on his hind quarters and tail but Dale (Butt) just has some on his muzzle. They are brothers from the same litter. Actually, so am I....my older sister has blonde hair and blue eyes while my little sister has dark hair and green eyes. I am strawberry blond with brown eyes. Hey Mom..is there something I should know????
 

Marnasobsession

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You all are going to hate me but haven't had to shave for 10 years. Even before only once every couple months. Also no grey hair at 53 yrs.....If I had only got the skinny gene!
 

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You all are going to hate me but haven't had to shave for 10 years. Even before only once every couple months. Also no grey hair at 53 yrs.....If I had only got the skinny gene!
:Angry: :LOL:

At 33, I've probably got enough grays for both of us!!
 

Mews2much

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I always have to shave and have some gray hairs.
I might have found my new kitten also.
We will see and the breeder is in this group.
 

nbolin

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Kreacher has fuzz on his face and ears, he also has fuzz on his paws, his tail, and two "patches" on his hips. The hip patches are recent so i'm hoping it's just cause the cold weather. I do believe that there are different degrees of fuzziness on the Sphynx's ;)

Also I would NEVER pull or pluck Kreachers hair out! To me that is cruel and in humane!!! Grrrr people kill me!
 

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Congrats, M2M on your possible new kitten.
 

katarinaone

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Dang it, the baby cat just deleted all my reply by walking on the keyboard!

They are both still young so maybe it's a kitten thing. The weather here ranges from 10 degrees to 27 degrees celcius. Baby cat doesn't have any fuzz behind his ears, neither did Phoebe but that was because the lady was pulling it all out. We'll see if he grows any. He's got lovely silky paws though. And he squeaks all the time, it's hilarious. I'll have to take a video of them :)
 

Annabanana

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It varies from environment for sure but most likely genetics. I've seen more cats totally bald (in person) than I have with nose/leg/tail hair. Peach has a lot of hair on her face and feet, and brush like hair on her tail.
 

Haji the Sphynx

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I would never do that to my cats---seems cruel to me. Like using one of those yank the hairs out by the root things for your legs--did any of you ever try that???? There is a special place in hell for the designer of that for lying and saying it was painless.
I learned from personal experience that home waxing is NOT for me.
 

heather

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Yikes hair removal is always painful- definitely not for kitties.

Congrats M2M- hope this is the one!
 

havingalook

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It's making me laugh that Google Ads at the top of the page is suggesting lazer hair removal :LOL:

I don't pull/ shave/ nair/ pluck or do anything with any hair they have. Some of it comes off just by rubbing my hand over the spot its on, but I never actively try to remove it.
 
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