Bald, short haired
12–15 years old
Minskin is a new breed, in the breeding of which Sphynxes, Munchkins, as well as Devon Rex and Burmese cats took part. Breeder Paul McSorley in the late 1990s thought about breeding a new type of cat with short legs and patches of hair all over the body. The idea was a success, and in 2000 he got the first kitten with such an exterior. The breed was named “Minskin”.
Interestingly, the Minskin is very similar to another American breed the Bambino. They are both the result of a cross between a Sphynx and a Munchkin, however, the Bambino is a completely hairless breed, while the Minskin may be covered in some places. However, both species are not officially recognized, although their development is monitored by the international felinological organization TICA. By the way, sometimes Minskin is considered a kind of bambino.
The small stature of Minskins is not their only advantage. These cats have wonderful personalities. They are active, intelligent and very gentle. Minskins love movement, and from the side their running looks funny. Also, they love high ground. But the owner should be very careful: you can not let the cat jump on high chairs and sofas. One bad jump and the cat will easily injure the spine. So that the pet can climb up, build a stand for it.
Minskins very quickly become attached to the owner. They are the kind of cats that will happily greet him every day after work. Therefore, you should not linger too much and leave your pet alone for a long time: he may begin to yearn.
In addition, representatives of the breed are very sociable and trusting. They easily get along with other animals, including dogs. But here you should be careful: the defenselessness and innocence of Minskin can cause him trouble. But with children, this cat feels really happy. The main thing is to immediately explain to the child that the pet is a living being, not a toy, and that it must be handled with care.
Minskin is unpretentious in care. Woolly spots do not need combing. However, you can buy a mitten brush if your pet has a lot of hair.
Like any bald cat, it is recommended to periodically bathe the Minskin with special shampoos. After water procedures, it is necessary to wrap the pet in a warm towel until completely dry so that it does not catch a cold.
Don’t Forget Your Weekly Eye Cleansing. A couple of times a month it is worth examining the oral cavity.
Conditions of detention
The absence of wool as such makes the Minskin sensitive to temperature changes and cold. In winter, it is desirable to have an insulated house for a pet. In summer, these cats, like sphinxes, do not mind basking in the sun. In this case, do not let them be under the scorching beams: minskins can get burned.
Minskins love to eat, because these cats spend part of their energy on maintaining body temperature. To keep your pet in shape, give smaller portions, but more often.