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Devon rex

Devon Rex Kittens

The Devon Rex cats are a unique breed.

This cat also has a very peculiar appearance. It has large eyes, prominent cheekbones, a short muzzle, curly whiskers and very huge, low set ears which give the cat an elfin look. The Devon Rex cat has a fine to medium built and is a small cat. When full grown the females weigh 2 to 3 kilos whereas the males weigh 3 to 4 kilos.

This breed looks fragile but is actually sturdy, muscular and agile. This breed’s coat is its striking feature. These cats have a short, rippling, curly coat. The coat can either be loose or might have a slight wavy form.

Their coat is not only unique but also velvet soft. Their coat is mainly a down fur with very little guard fur. The coat of this cat comes in a variety of patterns and colors.  It can be pointed, harlequin, bi-color, tortoiseshell, calico, shaded, smoke colors as well as the tabby pattern.

The Devon Rex is a very low maintenance cat breed. The cat’s ears need cleaning, but otherwise a quick shampoo and towel drying can help. Also one needs to trim their nails from time to time. Since the coat of this breed is not very dense and thick they need heat during cold winters. It is better to keep these cats indoors due to their rarity and outgoing nature. The personality of this cat is very alert and active. These cats show a lot of interest in their surroundings. They are friendly, playful and love to be with humans. They are very inquisitive in nature and like to explore each and every corner of the house.  The Devon Rex is not a quiet breed and can usually get a bit troubling too. It also has a habit of eating food from wherever it lies which can also create health problems. There is also one very endearing quality of this breed, that is, it will try to help and assist you in your chores.

These cats shed but are not hypo-allergenic. When grooming the cat, it is important that it should be done carefully as their hair breaks very easily. These cats inherit certain genetic health problems such as luxating patella, cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasa and spasticity. To know whether your cat has one of these problems, one should consult a vet. There are also certain tests which can be carried out to know more about these health issues concerning the Devon Rex breed.

  Submitted on May 7, 2010