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Anansi

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Hey,
My partner and I are finally in a position to be able to add a Sphynx into out small family at the start of the new year and I am doing as much research into their care as possible, because it's the only thing keeping me sane while I wait haha.

My main question was for sun safety since I live in Australia and we are basically burning down here 9months of the year what have you guys heard about sunscreens for cats.

I know a majority of sunscreens contain zinc or zinc oxide which is toxic to cats but I have seen one by Dr zoo (couldn't post a link cause I'm new sadly but it comes up straight away when googled) that is zinc free, and is marketed for cats as well as dogs and was wondering if anyone had tried it before or had any suggestions.

I live in an apartment and don't plan on letting my cat out doors too much but would be able to take them out for short walks etc and was interested in other options other than sunshirts and for added protection for their ears and nose.

Thanks!
 

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Hey,
My partner and I are finally in a position to be able to add a Sphynx into out small family at the start of the new year and I am doing as much research into their care as possible, because it's the only thing keeping me sane while I wait haha.

My main question was for sun safety since I live in Australia and we are basically burning down here 9months of the year what have you guys heard about sunscreens for cats.

I know a majority of sunscreens contain zinc or zinc oxide which is toxic to cats but I have seen one by Dr zoo (couldn't post a link cause I'm new sadly but it comes up straight away when googled) that is zinc free, and is marketed for cats as well as dogs and was wondering if anyone had tried it before or had any suggestions.

I live in an apartment and don't plan on letting my cat out doors too much but would be able to take them out for short walks etc and was interested in other options other than sunshirts and for added protection for their ears and nose.

Thanks!
Welcome! You are correct in reference to zinc in most sunscreens, I'm not familiar with that brand, however it wouldn't hurt to call the manufacturer to confirm your findings. Most sphynx owners, if issue with sun burn or their sphynx sun bathing with an issue, would use a tint for their sphynx favorite window or a shirt if needed. :)

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Anansi

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Welcome! You are correct in reference to zinc in most sunscreens, I'm not familiar with that brand, however it wouldn't hurt to call the manufacturer to confirm your findings. Most sphynx owners, if issue with sun burn or their sphynx sun bathing with an issue, would use a tint for their sphynx favorite window or a shirt if needed. :)

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Thank you I'll definitely take a look at the shades for the windows to minimise direct sunlight. And I'll take a look at calling the manufacturer :)
 

Hairless Blessing

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Welcome to sphynxlair, good to have you.
Yes, keep your Sphynx out of all the direct sun light as possible.
Even in the house.
 

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@Anansi , Welcome to the lair family ! Glad you are jumping in and postimg with this fun friend,y bunch -
Kudos to you for your research!
Lots of great info here

I am in Florida scorching sun here too -
I do not use sunscreen because of toxicity
I put a tall cat tree im front of an indirect sun window

Several members put on window tint film
I have not had to

Be sure to check out the sphynx info center for great links!

Sphynx Cat Help Center

Keep us updated often! Excited for you !

Amd a few more good links for your research
What to expect from a responsible sphynx breeder

How to Detect fraud sphynx cat adoption ads
 

Anansi

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@Anansi , Welcome to the lair family ! Glad you are jumping in and postimg with this fun friend,y bunch -
Kudos to you for your research!
Lots of great info here

I am in Florida scorching sun here too -
I do not use sunscreen because of toxicity
I put a tall cat tree im front of an indirect sun window

Several members put on window tint film
I have not had to

Be sure to check out the sphynx info center for great links!

Sphynx Cat Help Center

Keep us updated often! Excited for you !

Amd a few more good links for your research
What to expect from a responsible sphynx breeder

How to Detect fraud sphynx cat adoption ads
Thanks! Ill definitely have a look. And I have always owned cats so I know a little but a Sphynx is a whole new ball park so just want to be prepared! Haha and happy to be here I have seen a lot of super interesting threads so far.
 

nudieluvr

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I know someone makes Sphynx specific sunscreen and has it on Etsy. Otherwise uv tint and avoiding the sun. They also make Sphynx uv protectant clothing.
 
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