13 Convincingly Cute Sphynx Cats

Sphynx cat and owner

Alisa Kekelidze / Instagram 

The defined cheekbones and wide-set eyes of the Sphynx cat personify their ancient Egyptian namesake. Often hairless and cuddly, these cats make for a unique pet. They love human attention and excel at agility and tricks despite their pot-bellied appearance. Sphynxes are loyal, easygoing and great with other pets. Everyone will fall in love with their sense of humor and charming personality.

Sphynxes appear hairless, which isn’t attractive to all pet-lovers. If you don’t understand the appeal, these adorable photos are sure to spark your Sphynx obsession.

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    They’re Friendly, but Not Furry Felines

    Sphynx kitten

    sphynx.bibi / Instagram

    Sphynx cats are one of the friendliest cat breeds. Their cuddly nature may be explained by their reliance on humans to keep warm. All Sphynxes look hairless, but are usually covered with fine hairs that can’t always be seen with the naked eye.

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    Sphynxes Are Colorful Cats

    Multicolor sphynx

    leafless_sphynx / Instagram

    Coloring can vary from cat to cat and colors mimic the markings you would find on furrier felines. You can find Sphynx cats in black, white, red, brown, and various multicolor patterns, like calico and tortoiseshell.

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    Agility Is Their Number One Skill

    Sphynx cat in top

    Meadowsphynx / Instagram

    They’re show-offs. Sphynxes are a high energy breed and love performing acrobatic tricks and climbing into high places. They are curious and mischievous cats who love their owners to no end, constantly demanding their undivided attention.

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    Sunspots Are Everything!

    Sphynx cat in sun

    dennis_the_sphynx / Instagram

    Cats love napping in the sun and Sphynx cats are no different. Because of their curious nature, Sphynxes do best as indoor cats. Keeping them safe inside will prevent dangerous accidents in the great outdoors. When you’re not home, leave a curtain open so they can find a luxurious sunny spot to fall asleep in.

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    Regular Grooming Keeps Them Happy and Healthy

    Sphynx cat grooming
    Viviane van Hooft / Instagram

    Despite their hairless looks, grooming is an important aspect of caring for Sphynx cats. Because their body oil is not absorbed by fur, vets recommend a daily sponge bath to avoid skin problems and oil spots on furniture. Though they love laying in the sun, exposure should be limited to avoid sunburn on thin-haired Sphynxes.

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    Sphynx Cats Love Making Friends

    Black sphynx cat
    JeanyWitch / Instagram

    Sphynxes are very social cats who crave attention. If you will be away from them often, make sure they have a friend. They get along swimmingly with most pets, including dogs. Consider doubling the fun by adding another Sphynx to your household.

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    Cuddling Is Their Favorite Activity

    Sphynx cat and owner
    Alisa Kekelidze / Instagram

    Stroking, holding, and cuddling your Sphynx is an unbeatable bonding experience that both of you will enjoy. If you have a Sphynx, you can expect them to sleep with you under the covers to stay warm. It's like having a living, purring foot warmer!

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    They're Natural Acrobats With Great Balance

    Sphynx cat balance
    Robert Urbaniak / Instagram

    There’s no better way to have fun with your cat than doing tricks! Sphynxes are exceptionally agile and love performing. Teach them to jump through a hoop or stand on their hind legs for fun. Don’t forget to reward them with lots of tasty treats.

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    Food Is No Obstacle

    Sphynx cat eating

    Ninja_and_michi / Instagram

    Sphynxes sure can eat! These cats are small, but their appetites are big. They often look pot-bellied, but that doesn’t mean they’re overweight. They have fast metabolisms too, so they need more food than the average feline. Try foods and treats with real meat and healthy veggies for a well-rounded diet.

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    They Were Bred Selectively

    Sphynx cat
    Marion Kline / Instagram

    To obtain the less furry coat and exceptionally sociable personality, breeders carefully bred so-called hairless cats until they found the perfect mix. Now, Sphynx cats are highly sought after and top many lists of affectionate feline breeds.

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    Humor Comes Naturally to Sphynx Cats

    Sphynx cat in dress-up outfit

    Sphynx_pet / Instagram

    If their charming looks don’t pull you in, their sense of humor will. Their silly antics will have you in tears (of laughter) in no time.

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    Wrinkles Are Just a Part of Life

    Black sphynx cat

    hairless_catstagram / Instagram

    Just like Sphynx cats, furry felines have wrinkles. The difference? They can hide them! Since Sphynx wrinkles are exposed, it’s essential to keep them clean and wash them regularly to avoid dirt and oil buildup. Even without fur, their skin and thin hairs are oh so smooth to the touch, so pet away!

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    They’re Hollywood Actors

    Sphynx cat in bow and tie dress
    Airida Jucyte / Instagram

    One Sphynx cat rose to stardom in the Austin Powers films for his role as Mr. Bigglesworth. The Sphynx was the pet of Dr. Evil, who was often shown stroking him lovingly. He was actually a champion cat named Ted Nude-Gent, a play on the name of American musician Ted Nugent.

  • How much is a Sphynx cat?

    A purebred Sphynx costs between $1500 to $4500.

  • Where can you buy a Sphynx cat?

    To assure your Sphynx has been humanely bred and cared for, please purchase it from a reputable breeder.

  • How long do sphynx cats live?

    Sphynx cats live from 8 to 14 years.

  • Why are Sphynx cats hairless?

    Sphynx cats are hairless because of a genetic mutation involving their hair follicles.

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  1. Sphynx Cat Breed Information. VCA Animal Hospitals.