Meet Cleo. Cleo is half-sphynx, meaning one of her parents was a full-blooded hairless cat. As you can see here, Cleo has no whiskers, no eyebrows, and no ear hair. She also has no hair on her face or tail. The “hair” that’s on her body isn’t actually fur at all, but technically it’s undercoat. Unlike fur, it’s wavy, especially when she bathes, and it is softer than velvet. Additionally, she has webbed toes.
We adopted Cleo from the SPCA in 2012, when she was three years old. Unlike my other cats, she’s not particularly social with other animals, and she’s adopted me as her only person. She doesn’t allow my son or my sister to pick her up, and she doesn’t wander far from my side, day or night. Unlike my other cats, she doesn’t look for cubbies or cramped areas to sneak into and hide.
Her favorite sleeping position is covering her eyes with one or both paws so she can hide from people and pets, as well as from light. So where does she hide? Behind her paws! Instead of hiding from everyone else, she prefers to hide everyone else from her!
Time to talk: How many pets have you owned in your lifetime? Do you have a favorite sleeping position, or can you sleep anywhere? Would you ever consider owning a hairless cat?