Welcome to Sphynxlair! Connect with Sphynx owners & enthusiasts around the world!

Scratching and some other things

MissLadyK

Lairian
Joined
Jan 30, 2016
Messages
13
Points
4
Hey hello,

I have had my rescued sphynx Mozy for about a week now. He is settling great, really acting like a cat, running around playing and of course lots and lots of cuddles. He is very clumsy, is that a normal sphynx thing? Haha, any who for the real questions.

He has been scratching his head and neck which is resulting in scratches and some pretty deep. Is this a skin irritation or is it time to trim the nails?

20160216_200821.jpg

He has also been starting to get an appeite but it still isn't as much as I expected. I had to mix a bag of natural balance wet food with a little less then a cup of natural balance dry food to get him to eat. Now he can eat dry food fine but I mix the two from time to time. He rarely finishes his meal in a day. Is he still warming up to the place, slowly getting his apetite back? Also, he eats the most at night.

Today I noticed a small amount of brown crust around the opening of his penis. I have him a wee wash down, and tried to wipe it off. He isn't bothered when I wipe at it and try and clean it. But it isn't coming off easily. What is this?

On the same note, could it be a uti? He has been eating better, and I hear him drink his water mostly at night. But I don't know if he is urinating. I have a mixture of clump and nonclump kitty litter in his box now and I have been scooping poops, and I hear him scratching away in it. He doesn't spend lots of time in the box, and is not going frequently. So, I'm wondering if because of the mixture the pee isn't clumping well, and/or it is clumping with his pooh. He doesn't seem to be in any discomfort.

Well, there is my question rant of a concerned mother.

Thank you,
Much love,
Xoxo
-K
 

admin

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 13, 2009
Messages
22,446
Points
643
Hey hello,

I have had my rescued sphynx Mozy for about a week now. He is settling great, really acting like a cat, running around playing and of course lots and lots of cuddles. He is very clumsy, is that a normal sphynx thing? Haha, any who for the real questions.

He has been scratching his head and neck which is resulting in scratches and some pretty deep. Is this a skin irritation or is it time to trim the nails?

View attachment 66087

He has also been starting to get an appeite but it still isn't as much as I expected. I had to mix a bag of natural balance wet food with a little less then a cup of natural balance dry food to get him to eat. Now he can eat dry food fine but I mix the two from time to time. He rarely finishes his meal in a day. Is he still warming up to the place, slowly getting his apetite back? Also, he eats the most at night.

Today I noticed a small amount of brown crust around the opening of his penis. I have him a wee wash down, and tried to wipe it off. He isn't bothered when I wipe at it and try and clean it. But it isn't coming off easily. What is this?

On the same note, could it be a uti? He has been eating better, and I hear him drink his water mostly at night. But I don't know if he is urinating. I have a mixture of clump and nonclump kitty litter in his box now and I have been scooping poops, and I hear him scratching away in it. He doesn't spend lots of time in the box, and is not going frequently. So, I'm wondering if because of the mixture the pee isn't clumping well, and/or it is clumping with his pooh. He doesn't seem to be in any discomfort.

Well, there is my question rant of a concerned mother.

Thank you,
Much love,
Xoxo
-K
Hello - I would try giving him the wet and dry foods separate- not mixed. Also, I would recommend just using the clumping and not mixing the two. You will clearly see clumps of pee in the litter box, if not perhaps a vet visit is needed. As far as the brown spots, a bit of coconut oil on the tough spots will help loosen the dirt and oils from their skin. Not too much coconut oil or it will attract more dirt. :)

Urine clumps text.jpg
Unknown.jpeg
 

Catzzzmeow

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 16, 2011
Messages
26,205
Points
673
my one boy often rubs up on things and gets scratches that look like that on his head, neck and side of face. See if you can figure out what he is rubbing on and you might be able to remove it. I use the spray above for scratches and other skin irritations. You can find in pet supply stores, or order on Amazon.

Patti
 
Top