Hairless skin, wrinkles from head to toe, a judgemental frown, and a cold stare that pierces your soul—this is what has won Xherdan the naked cat the title of world's scariest cat. Not exactly the nickname you would wish for a pet knowing that cats are the most loved and appreciated animals on the internet. And while this sphynx might not fit the standards of what's adorable and makes you go "aww," looks can be very deceiving. Xherdan might look like a villain who's plotting the evilest plan, but he is actually a total sweetheart!

A Wrinkly Sphynx Goes Viral As “World’s Scariest Cat”

When Xherdan's hooman, Sandra Filippi, 47, saw the 12-week-old, pink, wrinkly creature, it was love at first sight. Now a six-and-a-half years old, the Canadian sphynx from Rüti in Switzerland is stealing hearts on the internet.

A Wrinkly Sphynx Goes Viral As “World’s Scariest Cat”

A Wrinkly Sphynx Goes Viral As “World’s Scariest Cat”

A Wrinkly Sphynx Goes Viral As “World’s Scariest Cat”

A Wrinkly Sphynx Goes Viral As “World’s Scariest Cat”

A Wrinkly Sphynx Goes Viral As “World’s Scariest Cat”

A Wrinkly Sphynx Goes Viral As “World’s Scariest Cat”

A Wrinkly Sphynx Goes Viral As “World’s Scariest Cat”

A Wrinkly Sphynx Goes Viral As “World’s Scariest Cat”

A Wrinkly Sphynx Goes Viral As “World’s Scariest Cat”





The Sphynx cat is a breed of cat known for its lack of coat (fur). Hairlessness in cats is a naturally-occurring genetic mutation; however, the Sphynx cat, as a breed, was developed through selective breeding, starting in the 1960s. The skin should have the texture of chamois leather, as it has fine hairs, or the cat may be completely hairless.

Sphinx cat posing for camera.
Sphinx cat posing for camera. (Photo: Wikipedia.)

Whiskers may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent. The cats have a narrow, long head, and webbed feet. Their skin is the color that their fur would be, and all the usual cat markings (solid, point, van, tabby, tortie, etc.) may be found on the Sphynx cat's skin. Because they have no fur they lose more body heat than coated cats; this makes them warm to the touch, and prone to finding warm places.


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