People love kittens because they are little and fluffy – but what's hiding underneath all that fur? This adorable collection of hairless Sphynx kittens prove that these creatures can be just as cute, if not slightly odd looking, without a luxurious mane.
The Sphynx breed, despite its lack of a winter coat, originates from the great white north of Canada. In the mid-1960s, a cat in Ontario gave birth to a hairless kitten, as the result of a natural genetic mutation. Following this anomaly was the birth of two separate sets of hairless kittens in the mid-1970s in Toronto and Minnesota. Through careful breeding, the Sphynx cat evolved into the unique animal you see today. Sphynxs come in a variety of colors and patterns and are technically not as "naked" as they appear. If you look close enough you'll see they are covered with a thin layer of fuzz.
Common misconceptions such as the "hairless" myth can lead to people buying this breed without knowing how much maintenance they require. Their sleek bodies may mean less shedding but that doesn't mean less grooming. Owners of Sphynxes should be prepared to wash their pets once a week and regularly wipe down their bodies with a washcloth, as their skin attracts dust particles, pollen, and dirt along with dead skin. Without a protective coat, they are also susceptible to sunburns, overheating and getting too cold. It's important to do your research before investing in one of these exotic cats.
Now that you've got all the info, it's time for some adorable images! Photographer and Sphynx lover Andrew Scrimmel put together a list of his fav photos of this regal feline breed which we've listed below.
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