If you want to know about Peterbald cats you’ve come to the right place. This unusual, but cute breed of cat is a mix between the Sphynx and Oriental Shorthair.
In this post you’ll discover all about Peterbald cats including a brief look at the breed’s history, profile, and any health issues. In addition, you’ll discover if there are any special requirements in caring for your Peterbald cat.
Whether you’re interested in adopting a Peterbald cat, or just curious, I hope this post answers some of your questions. Every breed of cat has it’s own individual characteristics and personality traits. It’s always6 a good idea to give careful consideration before deciding to adopt.
A brief history of Peterbald cats
The Peterbald is a modern breed of cat and it’s origin only dates back to 1994. It was in Russia where the breed was born, when Olga, a Russian cat breeder crossed an Oriental Shorthair with a Sphynx. In actual fact, the name Peterbald was given after the breed rapidly grew in popularity in the town of St Petersburg.
Then, in 1997 the breed was accepted by the International Cat Association, and a few years later in 2005 it was recognised for championship status.
What do Peterbald cats look like?
One thing about Peterbald cats is they vary in coat type. While sphynx cats are mostly hairless, Peterbalds can be anything from no hair at all to a smooth coat with velvety texture.
While the Sphynx has a recessive hair gene, Peterbald cats have a dominant gene. This means you need to mate those of the same breed. Mating a Peterbald with another breed won’t result in a hairless or fuzzy haired kitty. You’re more likely to get kittens with normal coats.
Peterbald kittens are rarely born with no hair, and sadly, those that are, often die within the first few weeks. It can be very hard keeping a naked kitten alive unless hand reared. This is because they need special care with supplementation and have to be kept very warm.
You’ll be interested to learn there are five different types of Peterbald cat coats. These are completely bald, chamois, straight, velour, and brush. A straight haired Peterbald cat has short fur, and whiskers that are normal in length. This variety of Peterbald doesn’t have the hair loss gene.
Kittens are born with a covering of hair, but in some cases this may fall out after a few weeks. This is often down to the mother licking and grooming her babies.
Paws designed for grabbing!
If you look at the paws of a Peterbald cat you’ll notice they’re oval in shape. In addition, they also have webbed toes. This makes it very easy for them to grasp hold of toys and anything else they wish to pick up!
Doorknobs and drawer handles are child’s play to a curious Peterbald! If you were to compare a sphynx to ~a Peterbald you’ll notice their body shapes are very different. While Peterbalds have a slim, lithe body, their cousins, the Sphynx have a stocky build.
This is because the Peterbald cat inherits some of its physical characteristics from the Oriental Shorthair. The head is wedge shaped and the ears are large and set apart.
This is another typical oriental characteristic. In addition, you’ll notice the eyes have a beautiful almond shape, similar to the Siamese, and color varies. The coat can be any color and pattern.
You’ll find all variations from tabby, tortoiseshell, and black, to ginger, and even pure white. Bear in mind though that just because a kitten is born with a certain coat type doesn’t mean it will stay that way. If you have your heart set on a particular type of coat, you may be disappointed as there is no way of knowing.
However, once you get your little Peterbald kitty home you’ll soon fall in love! Coat color and texture won’t matter after that!
All about Peterbald cats personality
If you want a loving, affectionate cat, you won’t need to look any further than a Peterbald cat. They are very outgoing in nature and will happily get along with other cats or dogs.
In fact, a typical Peterbald cat is quite dog like. Unlike some breeds of cat, they’re not afraid to show affection, and enjoy plenty of cuddles.
Expect your Peterbald kitty to welcome any guests you invite round. Whereas many breeds of cat would be found hiding under the bed, Peterbalds aren’t shy of newcomers.
You’ll find it very easy to train a Peterbald cat. This is because they’re highly intelligent. However, bear in mind, though they may be dog like in some ways, they’re still cats, and only out to please themselves!
Toys that challenge your kitty such as puzzle toys will help keep your Peterbald mentally active. In addition, they need plenty of exercise, so make sure you have places for your cat to jump, climb, and stretch.
If your Peterbald doesn’t go outside for exercise, cat trees are a good idea. These allow your cat to jump and explore. Even if you live in a small apartment there are plenty of options.
You should also spend time playing with your cat each day. This applies to any breed though, and not only gets your kitty active, but helps strengthen the bond.
Caring for your Peterbald cat
If you decide to get a Peterbald cat there are a few important points to consider regarding care. Though it’s highly unlikely you’ll need worry about excessive shedding, you’ll still need to groom your cat regularly.
It’s suggested that you bath a Peterbald cat weekly to avoid any build up of oils, and keep the coat in good condition. Use cat wipes to gently remove any dirt or dandruff. These are specifically formulated for cats and the safest to use.
Be careful not to overdo it though. Washing your cat too often may result in dry skin. This does depend on fur type though. Completely hairless cats such as the Sphynx are prone to oily or dry skin.
There are many videos online showing how to bath a cat. Some make it look very easy and it’s fine as long as your kitty is calm. I’ve never needed to or wanted to attempt such a task, but it’s really only either very dirty Persian cats who’ve had the misfortune to fall into a muddy puddle, or those kitties with no hair!!
Most cats hat water apart from the Turkish Van and getting your feline friend used to it at a young age is the best idea. If your cat won’t allow you to bath her, consider hiring a pet groomer. Your vet may be able to recommend one
Watch the video below for tips on bathing a hairless cat. Though it features a Sphynx, the same tips apply to a Peterbald cat
Keeping your cat warm
In addition to grooming your Peterbald cat you need to ensure she doesn’t get cold. Definitely don’t allow your cat outside during winter months or if it’s very hot. Even if your cat has a covering of fine hair, she’ll still be susceptible to cold temperatures. Provide a cosy, warm bed and maybe consider a heated pad to put inside the bed.
Some owners even clothe their cats during very cold weather. If you decide to do this please make sure the jumper is loose fitting and your cat can get out of it! NEVER force a cat to wear clothes if it doesn’t like the idea.
Sunburn can be a serious issue as the cat’s delicate skin is easily damaged by ultra violet light. As a result, your Peterbald cat could get skin cancer unless you take steps to protect her.
Keeping your cat indoors is the best solution
Do Peterbald cats have any health problems?
Despite many Peterbald cats being hairless, the breed in general is quite healthy. However they are prone to weight gain, and as a result you’d need to watch your cat’s diet. Obesity is often the cause of heart disease and liver disease in both cats as well as people.
The main reason for their hearty appetite is a faster metabolism. This is because many are either hairless or have a thin coating of hair. This makes Peterbald cats not only feel the cold more, but also makes them more susceptible to injury.
An increased metabolism helps the body deal with cold temperatures more efficiently, and promotes faster healing. This is great as cats are often involved in play fighting which can lead to bites and scratches.
If your kitty has ever bitten your arm in play, which mine often does, you’ll know exactly how sensitive your skin is. Well, a hairless cat is exactly the same.
What should you feed a Peterbald cat?
There’s no specific dietary requirements, but you’ll need to be mindful of the amount of food your cat eats during the day. As mentioned previously, this breed of cat has a high metabolism. This means she’ll get hungry and may worry for food even though she’s getting plenty.
My advice would be to provide frequent small meals throughout the day. That way your cat’s metabolism will be optimised, and your kitty should feel satisfied. In addition to wet food, you could also provide biscuits or kibbles.
These can provide extra treats your kitty can nibble at when she wants. Again, be mindful of the amount you’re feeding her. Too much and your cat will gain excess weight.
If you’re unsure on the amount or type of food your cat should be eating, consult your vet. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Is a Peterbald cat the right breed for you?
Now you know a bit more about Peterbald cats do you think this is the right breed for you? Though shedding is either very low or non-existent these cats are quite high maintenance. You may never need to brush your Peterbald, but you’ll have to bathe her regularly. In addition, you’ll need to keep your home warm at all times. This is because hairless kitties feel the cold.
Imagine going outside on a cold day with no coat!! On the plus side, you’ll have one of the most affectionate and loving cats you could ever imagine.
As these cats are quite sociable you may want to get two if you go out during the day. This way they’ll have each other for company and won’t get bored so easily.
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