I have two hairless cats, Tiki (gray) and Elmo (white).
I use photos of them regularly on this blog. When I bought my new camera, I told my husband that I need it to excel at cat portraiture.
I get a lot of questions about them, so I thought I should address a few.
Is that a cat?
This one is common, particularly for people who are coming to our home for the first time. Yes, indeed, they are cats.
What’s wrong with your cat?
Elmo is very stupid and Tiki is kind of mean to people who aren’t me, but there’s nothing specific wrong with them. Are you referring to the fur thing? Because that’s totally separate. It’s a weird genetic mutation that happened in the 60s in Canada and the breed, sphynx, was born.
What does a hairless cat feel like?
A suede hot water bottle.
Are hairless cats like normal cats?
No. It’s my understanding that normal cats prefer acting like aloof jerks. That’s what Tiki does sometimes. Most of the time, he’s a little love and he’s very needy and sweet. (With me. Occasionally with my husband.) These cats want to remove all of the heat from your body, so they prefer to be on you, sucking out your life source. They are a very affectionate breed.
Do hairless cats require any type of special care?
Yes, they are disgusting, greasy little creatures. They require bathing. You can read this post for more about what that process is like. You also have to clean their ears, nail beds and a ton of eye boogers. If you are super lucky and you get one that is allergic to every ingredient in cat food, you can then buy them $54/6 lbs. bags of kibble. (He’s even allergic to green pea protein.)
In your photos, it looks like Elmo has fur? What’s up there?
Hairless cats have varying degrees of hairlessness. Elmo has a fuzzy tail and face. In the winter, he gets a light peach fuzz that comes up in tufts. He occasionally gets a whisker, which is adorable. Lately, he’s also been sporting an eyebrow.
Your cats are hideous.
They are my precious babies and I am sorry that you hate two of the things that I love best. Perhaps I can find photos of things that you love and tell you that they are ugly… But I won’t do that because I am not a jerkface.