Which Cat Requires More Grooming?



If you guessed that the black domestic short haired cat —  a common house cat — requires more grooming, you’d be . . . wrong.

Sphynx cats don’t have much fur, as you can see.  Their body makes oil, just like other cats, but there’s no fur to absorb the oil.  Unless you want to see oily stains on your furniture, you probably should bathe them once a month or more. Not all cats are alike, so some are more oily than others. You will also see brown gunk on their claws. This should be cleaned off every so often.

You can get away with bathing a domestic short haired cat as infrequently as once a year. Brush them once a week and you’re good to go. Heck, some never get bathed, but from experience, I’d say it’s good to bathe them every so often because it helps get rid of shed fur that’s stuck to their coat.  Makes them lighter, fluffier, less prone to hairballs, and of course cleaner. After all, saliva is not the same as water. I bathe my cat about once a month because I’m addicted to the scent and feel of fluffy fur. She likes being adored, so it works out for both of us.

Sphynx cats are fun. Lively. Sociable. Be ready to bathe them though. Don’t expect a free ride! I’ve only been asked to groom Sphynx cats once.  They’re a whole different deal from furry cats. Their fragile appearance makes me nervous, but they’re probably as resilient as other cats once you get past the fact that they’re butt-naked!