Bambino cat: the hairless and mustacheless feline – Vida de Bicho

The bambino cat needs to be bathed with a certain frequency to control the oiliness of the skin (Photo: Disclosure / CreativeCommons)

The bambino cat emerged in the United States from the crossing of other sphynx and munchkin breeds, made by breeders Stephanie and Pat Osborne, in 2005. It is an extremely docile and very sociable feline, learns to play quickly and does not need large spaces, despite to have a lot of energy and disposition for mischief.

The oldest hairless cat in the world is the sphynx, of Canadian origin, which emerged in 1966 from a recessive gene known as hereditary alopecia. However, it was not until February 1998 that the breed was registered by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA). After the creation of the bambino cat, the International Cat Association (TICA) recognized the breed as experimental and started to allow the documentation of rare and exotic felines. Currently, it has been one of the most popular cats among feline lovers.

They have a short snout and prominent cheekbones, medium, upright ears, almond-shaped eyes, and wrinkled skin with a suede feel that is warm to the touch. The bambino, like other hairless cats, does not have whiskers (vibrissae), which can compromise its sense of space and direction in a new environment.

General information

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Check out the “bichómetro”, a summary of the bambino breed (Photo: Montage Vida de Bicho/ Publicity)


weight average
It is a breed with an average weight of 2 kg to 3 kg. Cats are usually thin, but with well-defined musculature when healthy.

Life expectancy
12 to 15 years.

United States,

Although hairless cat breeds have the benefit of not straying around the house, they are definitely not pets for first-time owners, as they require a certain amount of care. The coat acts as a protection from the cold and heat, without it, animals can be vulnerable. They need to live indoors with a constant temperature and should not be exposed to the sun without sunscreen, as they can get burnt. On very cold days, it is necessary to offer very warm places for them to warm up.

indicated climate
Hot or moderate.

They are cats with a short snout and prominent cheekbones.  They have medium and vertical ears and almond-shaped eyes, a wrinkled skin with a suede touch and very warm (Photo: Disclosure/CreativeCommons)

The breed arose from the crossing of sphynx and munchkin cats (Photo: Disclosure / CreativeCommons)

Special cares

These are cats that need a bath with a certain frequency – weekly or fortnightly – to control the oiliness of the skin. As they do not have hair, they should not be exposed to the sun for a long time, and when necessary, they should use veterinary sunscreen. In the cold, they need dens, blankets and clothes to keep warm, so the ideal thing is for tutors to get them used to accessories from a young age.

As the feline originates from two breeds, it is necessary to keep an eye out for diseases associated with both. In sphynx cats, there is a predisposition to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which causes hypertrophy in the heart muscle, reducing the volume of blood pumped by the heart. The tutor should also be aware of hip dysplasia, which can be avoided.

The munchkin breed is predisposed to progressive retinal atrophy, which results in retinal degeneration and atrophy. In addition, as it is not usual for cats to have short legs, this characteristic can bring in the medium and long term some painful weakness, especially in the joint region, which must always be treated with great care.

Who gave the information?
Ana Claudia Andrade, veterinary doctor, postgraduate in feline medicine and
master in animal science
Williams da Rocha Marquesconsultant in feline behavior.


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