Hairless Cats Different Breeds

Hairless Cats Different Breeds


Different Breeds Of Hairless CatsHairless cat breeds are not the most common among pet owners and some people mistakenly believe that this is the type of breed to have when dealing with allergies. This is not a breed but a category of cat that is developed through crossbreeding and recessive genes present in the parents. These combination of cats began at least back in the 1830s back in Paraguay, at that time known as the Mexican hairless. Thereafter, in the 1900s, a New Mexico couple continued to breed hairless cats and they eventually made their way into Europe and other countries, eventually finding their way into the United States and Canada.

It was noted in 1936 that a litter of cats was born to an ordinary cat in North Carolina, with only one of the kittens coming out normal. The other kittens in the litter consisted of three hairless ones and another without any tail. Speculation is that the differences in the kittens have to do with recessive mutation in the mom while pregnant. It has some scientists of feline heredity quite confused and books such as the Journal of Heredity have been written on the subject.

Hairless cats are actually not totally without hair. They do have some very short peach fuzz hair that is very close to the skin, so the cat looks hairless. There are various breeds of cats known as hairless such as but not limited to:

 Sphynx Cat
 Elf Cat
 Dwelf Cat
 Bambino Cat
 Donskoy Cat
 Ukrainian Levkoy Cat
 Peterbald Cat
 Kohana Cat

You can find further information on some of these breeds in detail on this site. More hairless cats coming soon.

People may not be aware that the hairless cat does take a lot of extra care and it may not be for everyone. Most of these cats are so affectionate and do make the perfect pet companion. They do well with children and other pets. Most of these cats are very healthy, with no known particular medical issues. Despite being hairless, they do still shed dead skin cells that can cause allergies in people along with the protein in their saliva. They do not have the fur and dander that can bother allergy sufferers but can still be a problem for some people looking for a hypo-allergenic pet.

Hairless cats should be kept strictly indoors because of their sensitivity to the elements. If you do like to bring your cat outdoors, be sure to protect it from the wind and cold temperatures by providing it with a coat or sweater. On the other hand, when it comes to subjecting your cat to the harsh hot sun, it is best to use special pet-safe sun block on your cat to avoid sunburn.

Inside the home, avoid placing your pet in a cold, drafty area. Because of the lack of a real fur coat, provide your kitty with a comfy fur-lined basket or cat bed and keep him dressed in a soft pajama or coat inside if necessary. These cats need extra effort on your part to keep them warm and they also love to snuggle, cuddle and stay close to you under your blankets.

Despite their lack of fur, they also require regular grooming to keep their skin healthy, clean the ears from excess dirt and oil, and never forget the importance of oral care for all animals, including your hairless companion. Because of their lack of hair, this cat does require regular maintenance to absorb and distribute the cat natural skin oils. Without doing so, the skin can feel tacky and oily. Bathe your cat weekly if not daily with special shampoos recommended by your vet in order to remove the excess skin oils, the smell they create and the tacky feeling. Dry your cat well after the bath and be sure the area for the bath is nice and warm during the process. On days you cannot physically bathe your cat, you can give it a sponge bath with special bathing cloths sold at your local pet supply store. A healthy cat is a happy cat and keeping the skin clean and supple keeps your cat healthy.

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