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If you’re thinking that their lack of fur makes Sphynx cats low maintenance, think again. They might not shed hair on your sofa, but they can leave greasy marks if they stay in one place for too long. That’s because their skin produces natural oils – so it’s recommended that they get a daily sponge bath. Sphynxes aren’t hypoallergenic, either; in fact, they leave a sometimes sneeze-inducing skin dander (think: dandruff).
The modern, non-Russian Sphynx cat started with a single hairless kitten named Prune, who was born in Canada in 1966. Prune was mated with his mother, and after this rather incestuous beginning, the breed went on to suffer various setbacks. In the 1970s and early ‘80s, more hairless cats were found in the US and Canada, which helped the breeding program. These days Sphynxes are still rare, although the breed is more genetically sound.