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Cornish rex

Cornish Rex Cat

The Cornish Rex is a reed of domestic cat that are a genetic mutation that first originated from some kittens that were born in Cornwall in UK.

They are known to be extroverts and curvaceous, with no hair except for some towards the lower extremities. The Cornish Rex can be identified by their dramatic ears that are set high on a small head and also by their fine, lean legs.

Their coat lacks the usual guard hairs and is hence gloriously soft to touch, almost like cut velvet.    

Despite some widely prevalent beliefs, the Cornish Rex's hair does not make the cat non- or hypo-allergenic. Allergic reactions from most cats are not actually the result of hair length or even for that matter the presence or absence of hair.

The main reason is a glyco-protein which is known as Fel d1and is commonly produced in the sebaceous glands of the saliva, skin and urine. However most people that have cat allergies are normally reacting to this particular protein found in the cats saliva and in cat dander. This is when the cat normally cleans its fur. Since Cornish Rex cats are known to groom as much as or may be more than ordinary cats the Cornish Rex cat will continue to  produce a reaction in those people that are allergic to cats. Some health care issues faced with the Cornish Rex are thyroid deficiencies. A deficiency of thyroid hormone in the Cornish Rex cat can impair new hair growth and can also prolong the resting phase.  Thus this leads to a gradual thinning of the coat, which can correspondingly appear to be dull and lifeless. Other noted signs of Hypothyroidism in the Cornish Rex include constipation, mental dullness, weight gain, lethargy and a disproportionate form of dwarfism that is characterized by an unusually enlarged broad head with a very short neck and short limbs.  This is usually a permanent problem and requires treatment for a lifetime along with daily hormone replacement therapy.

Since the Cornish Rex breed tends to burns a lot of energy, one should look for that cat food diet which is know to be high in protein. Foods that are known to prevent hairballs are very rarely required, as the Rex breed does not tend to shed a lot and has fine hair. If you brush the Cornish Rex at least once a week it helps to remove loose hair and dander. A training tip for the Cornish Rex cat is to teach them that some activities end in positive rewards, so therefore they continue to do and re do them. Other negative actions can cause negative outcomes hence they are to be avoided.

  Submitted on May 7, 2010