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  •   Pet Health And Care >>  Cat Breeds >>  Elf  
     

    Elf Cat Breed:

    The elf cat is a newer cat breed that is a hybrid of two well known cat breeds – the sphinx cat and the American curl.



    The sphinx cat is a strong and rather large cat that is known to be very playful and energetic. These animals are very fond of human affection and are also very agile - both characteristics combine to make them very mischievous. One of the identifying factors of the sphinx cats coat is that it is almost completely hairless and is not affected by any genetic health problems.



    Because of its near hairless coat, the animal needs to be kept indoors for warmth and protection during the colder months. The other type of cat, the American curl, is known so primarily because of its curled ears which is a naturally occurring genetic mutation. Just as the sphinx cat, the American curl is another robust breed of cat.



    Both the sphinx and the American curl breeds also have a rather prominent belly. When these cats are bred together, the resulting elf cat retains the near hairless coat of the sphinx cat as well as the curled ears of the American curl. The elf cats are quite energetic and lively as well as very affectionate. They are also very outgoing animals.  

    Elf Cat Facts:

     

    The fact that elf cats get on rather well with almost any other type of cat makes them a growing favorite amongst many cat owners while their loyalty and affection are at higher levels than most cats. While owning a hairless cat may seem to be quite simple because of the lack of grooming required, this is not necessarily the case with the elf cat. The elf cat should ideally be groomed on a weekly basis in order to maintain the cleanliness of the coat. While most cats do not usually like water, the elf cats will usually adapt to having the bath. Because of the type of coat the animal has, drying will take hardly any time and a little bit of snuggling in a towel should do the trick. You also need to take a little care of the animal as their tender skin allows them to be injured very easily. When you have other pets in the home, it is important that you keep an eye on how they interact to avoid any playful instances from getting a little dangerous. Wipe the animal regularly or else their skin can begin to feel a little sticky or even the development of acne.

     
      Submitted on May 7, 2010