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How do you care for a Sphynx kitten?

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Sphynx kittens need regular bathing to make them accustomed to it in later years. This is because Sphynx cats have a problem with producing too much oil since their hair is not there to absorb it. As a result, Sphynx cats can develop skin problems at any age, although it's more common when they are older.

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How do you care for a Sphynx kitten?
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Just like adult Sphynx cats, kittens need to be protected from the wind, rain and sun. This is why most Sphynx cats are confined inside. Sun exposure is a big concern for these cats because they lack fur to protect themselves from getting sunburns. Although owners can buy sun lotion for Sphynx cats, it has to be reapplied throughout the day, just like it has to be on a human.

Another concern for all Sphynx cats, adult or kitten, is heat loss. Due to their lack of fur, these cats do not tolerate changes in the weather very well. This is particularly true when it comes to cold temperatures. Heart problems are also known to appear with Sphynx cats. Although this is something that usually develops later in life, it is a problem that Sphynx owners need to be aware of from day one.

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