Do you have to moisturise a hairless cat’s skin?

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Oh the strange, strange sphynx cat!

All I can think of is that moment in Friends when Rachel returns home with what I can only describe to be a big walking bat (or as Ross puts it the ‘inside out’ cat). Watch this fabulous snippet here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl6Ke0I5gGA (credit- Friends; “It’s not a cat”).

But, inside out, or walking bat, or chicken-skin lookalike, or however else Sphynx cats could be described, it’s hard to think about them without smiling- an accolade this unusual critter should be proud of!!

In answer to your question, yes- you do have to moisturise and take special care of their skin- their skin directly absorbs oils. They need to be handled carefully and bathed to get rid of them. It turns out a very thin layer of short, fine hair known as vellus hair that covers their bodies, but they don’t have thick coats to absorb oils, dirt and so on. Specialists recommend a bath time which would be the envy of any ‘LUSH’ addict- warm water, soft dry towel, specially recommended washes for their skin to get rid of dirt and moisturisers for their bodies and little noses. Tracing a cat forum, ‘Moo-Shoo’ seems like a good, recommended brand. Coconut oil has also received rave reviews as being a cat skin moisturiser (clearly these cats know how to keep up with the trends!!). In short, it sounds like these pampered specimens have a better bath time than I do!! I never thought it’d be possible to be jealous of a wrinkly cat…

Their super thin skin means you’ve also got to sun cream them up on hot days, and soft, non-irritating jumpers are recommended to keep them warm when they can’t protect themselves from the cold.

You can even find ‘DIY’ at home recipes here- http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/13473/1/Home-Remedy-for-Dry-Skin-in-Cats.html.
(For cat moisturises, not for cat curry, obviously…!)

by MoCCconsultantGabrielle on August 27th at 6:37am

Oh the strange, strange sphynx cat!

All I can think of is that moment in Friends when Rachel returns home with what I can only describe to be a big walking bat (or as Ross puts it the ‘inside out’ cat). Watch this fabulous snippet here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl6Ke0I5gGA (credit- Friends; “It’s not a cat”).

But, inside out, or walking bat, or chicken-skin lookalike, or however else Sphynx cats could be described, it’s hard to think about them without smiling- an accolade this unusual critter should be proud of!!

In answer to your question, yes- you do have to moisturise and take special care of their skin- their skin directly absorbs oils. They need to be handled carefully and bathed to get rid of them. It turns out a very thin layer of short, fine hair known as vellus hair that covers their bodies, but they don’t have thick coats to absorb oils, dirt and so on. Specialists recommend a bath time which would be the envy of any ‘LUSH’ addict- warm water, soft dry towel, specially recommended washes for their skin to get rid of dirt and moisturisers for their bodies and little noses. Tracing a cat forum, ‘Moo-Shoo’ seems like a good, recommended brand. Coconut oil has also received rave reviews as being a cat skin moisturiser (clearly these cats know how to keep up with the trends!!). In short, it sounds like these pampered specimens have a better bath time than I do!! I never thought it’d be possible to be jealous of a wrinkly cat…

Their super thin skin means you’ve also got to sun cream them up on hot days, and soft, non-irritating jumpers are recommended to keep them warm when they can’t protect themselves from the cold.

You can even find ‘DIY’ at home recipes here- http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/13473/1/Home-Remedy-for-Dry-Skin-in-Cats.html.
(For cat moisturises, not for cat curry, obviously…!)

by MoCCconsultantGabrielle on August 26th at 2:42pm
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