The Bambino cat is a relatively new breed, with the first registered kittens coming on to the scene in 2005.

Although not the most common of breeds, they are becoming more and more popular.

With that in mind, today we’ll be talking all about the Bambino cat, including its characteristics, temperament, care, and more.

By the end of this post, you’ll have learned everything there is to know about this hairless breed that’s making its mark in the cat world.

 

Bambino Cat History

The Bambino cat was first registered in TICA (The International Cat Association) in 2005 as an experimental breed.

The cat was given the name Bambino – Italian for baby – because of its kitten-like appearance.

This breed owes its appearance to the Munchkin and Sphynx breeds from which it was produced.

Unlike older breeds, the Bambino was bred specifically for its look and personality rather than its ability to hunt or perform other utilitarian actions.

Because of this, the cat makes an excellent pet due to its many positive traits.

Bambino Cat Characteristics

Although a new breed relatively speaking, the Bambino is already known for both its distinctive look and outgoing personality, making it a pet that both stands out in a crowd and fits into a home quite nicely.

Physical Characteristics

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As mentioned earlier, Bambino means “Baby” in Italian.

This breed was made with two things in mind – size and coat.

One of several dwarf feline breeds, also known as miniature cats, this light cream to white-skinned or sometimes black-skinned cat is a cross between a Munchkin and Sphynx.

  • It inherits its short legs from the Munchkin and its huge, upright ears and hairlessness from the Sphynx.
  • Although generally hairless, the Bambino can also have a short, fine down.
  • The back legs of the Bambino are usually slightly longer than the front.
  • It has a medium to long body with a broad chest and well-rounded abdomen and a whip-like tail. I
  • t has a wrinkled, large head that is almost purely Sphynx.

In addition to being a unique physical characteristic, the lack of hair with this breed also makes it an excellent pet for those who have allergies.ds

Temperament

Bambinos are known for their high intelligence, friendly demeanor, and affectionate nature.

  • This breed gets along well with other pets, including dogs, and they do quite well with children.
  • Highly adaptable, the Bambino does well with travel and changes in the home environment provided they are done correctly.
  • In addition to their intelligence and affection, Bambinos are a high-energy breed, so lots of toys and stimulation are necessary to keep them entertained and happy.

Another point of note is that the Bambino cat loves to talk.  It is moderately vocal and will talk with its owners about almost everything, especially if it doesn’t like something.

To reduce excessive vocalization, give the Bambino lots of attention and play time.

Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Bambino cat is a question that has yet to be definitively answered due to its very short history.

This breed has only been around for about 15 years, which is on the low end of a cat’s life expectancy.

However, breeders and vets have speculated that the average life expectancy for this breed could be anywhere from 9 years – the life expectancy of a Munchkin – to around 15 years – the life expectancy of a Sphynx.

Bambino Cat Care

Bambinos are a generally healthy breed. Some care is required to keep their skin healthy, but overall it is quite manageable.

Health

Although an overall healthy breed, there are a few concerns to be addressed with this cat.

  • The main health care concern with this breed is a genetic heart disease called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) to which they’re prone.
  • This comes from their Sphynx breeding, as HCM is a common problem among that breed.
  • In addition, this cat has a high metabolism and no hair coat, making it extremely sensitive to the cold.
  • Because of this, the Bambino cat requires a special, high-calorie diet to help regulate its body temperature and power its highly active personality.

Some owners like to take their cats outside for fresh air, but it should be done on a very limited basis with the Bambino.

In addition to being highly sensitive to the cold, it’s lack of hair mean it is also highly vulnerable to the sun’s rays, and it can and will become sunburned in a short amount of time.

This is especially true of the white-skinned variety which is incredibly sensitive to the sun.

Grooming

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Although the Bambino has no hair, it still requires regular grooming. Fortunately, this adaptable breed does very well with grooming.

  • The Bambino requires weekly or bi-weekly baths with water and a mild, aloe and oatmeal soap to help remove excess oil buildup on the skin.
  • The hair on other cat breeds wicks away excess oils, but that isn’t the case with the Bambino.

The importance of grooming cannot be stated enough. Without proper grooming, the Bambino’s skin can become excessively dirty, oily, and sticky to the touch.

In some cases, they can even develop skin problems. These were not mentioned in the health section because regular grooming makes this a purely preventable occurrence.

The Bambino Cat Makes a Great Pet

Although they look exotic and somewhat intimidating, the Bambino cat is actually a wonderful breed to have as a pet.

Their loving, easy going nature and high energy make for a playful kitty that can thrive in almost any home environment, and with no coat, they rank incredibly low on the allergen scale.

Just remember, grooming and proper diet is of utmost importance with this breed.

Do you have a Bambino cat? Share your experiences below!

 

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