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Jan 13, 2009
#1 Food allergies: Another very common issue many sphynx owners run into is food allergies. Many studies have shown that certain ingredients contained in cat food are more likely to cause food allergies than others. The most common offenders are beef, lamb, seafood, corn, soy, wheat gluten and dairy products. if you take notice, the most common offenders are the most common ingredients in many cat foods on the market.

Primary symptoms of food allergies is itchy or irritated skin that will range anywhere from small pimple like bumps or ashes to larger open wound type soars that ooze. In the sphynx breed, these symptoms are much easier to identify due to the breed having no hair and their skin exposed.

An easy way to see if your sphynx cat has a food allergy is a simple food trial that would consist of feeding a food source of protein and carbohydrate for 12 weeks. the food source would be a quality food that the he has never eaten before. Examples would include duck and potato, or venison and potato and another popular one would be green pea and duck. All of these foods can be found at any pet store.

Homemade diets (raw diet) are often used, as the ingredients can be carefully restricted. Regardless of the diet used, it must be the only thing the animal eats for 12 weeks. This means no treats, no flavored medications; absolutely nothing but the special food and water. Also take care as to not leave out human food or even access to the garbage in the home which could allow him an outside source of food and delay the process of finding if it's a food allergy.

Contact Dermatitis:
Symptoms include red, itchy bumps and inflamed skin where your Sphynx cat had made contact with a chemical or another type of irritant. It can also be caused by rubber or plastic food bowels or dishes. The best way to prevent contact dermatitis is to keep Sphynx away from areas where chemicals are being used and to feed your Sphynx with glass, stainless steel, or lead-free ceramic bowels or dishes.

Feline Acne: Very common in the Sphynx breed where they form comedones (also known as blackheads) on the underside of the chin and edges of the lips. These symptoms may be associated with plastic or rubber food dishes or bowels. It is common in the Sphynx breed because of their oily skin as well. Some Sphynx owners have used Stridex pads to treat their Sphynx or small quantities of benzoyl peroxide. Please see your vet and get their advice on this before hand.

Stud Tail: This is caused by glands near the tail that excrete excessive oils. The result is a greasy, rancid-smelling waxy brown material at the top of the tail near the base. This condition is most often often found in Un-neutered males, but fixed males and females can get it as well. Treatment involves neutering your Sphynx cat, and a daily wash with an antiseborrheic shampoo. Please see your vet and get their advice on treatment.

Sunburn: The Sphynx cats are very prone to sunburn and should be kept out of direct sunlight during peek sunlight hours if possible, usually between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to reduce the risk of sunburn and minimize the long-term risk of developing skin cancers. The symptoms of too much sun usually consists of blotchy brown spots, redness or patches of red in the torso area or red bumps (heat rash) on the body. You could also put a shirt on them during these hours as well for protection.

Just bear in mind that when it comes to any form of skin condition on your Sphynx cat ask yourself; What has changed recently in my household that could of caused my Sphynx to get a rash or irritated skin?

1. Diet (Food or snacks) 90% of rashes and irritated skin is from food. Chicken or not using a grain free food is usually the culprit.

2. Laundry soap (Perhaps you washed their favorite blanket or bed)

3. Pet Shampoo and in some instances Coconut oil (use virgin coconut oil only)

4. Over bathing - yes over bathing can cause skin irritation and rashes - try extending your bath times, some owners only wash monthly.

5. New Medication

6. Water bowl or dish (try to use ceramic, stainless steel or glass bowls, stay away from plastic bowls (plastic causes pimples or black heads)

7. Cleaning chemicals (Just cleaned the tub or sink, even the toilet seat or lid with a cleaner where your Sphynx frequently goes to drink from the drippy tub faucet or just hang out?)

8. Changing kitty litters

9. Sun bathing/ window bathing can cause a red spotty rash and irritation

Always see a your vet when in question!
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