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The Downy Cornish Rex
By: Alfred and Baby Kitty Cat
A Cornish Rex is a domestic cat breed that has no outer
coat, but just a curly undercoat. Most cat breeds have three
different types of hair: the downy undercoat that is very
short and very soft, the outer guard hairs that are long,
the middle layer called "awn hair, but the Cornish Rex has
only its downy undercoat hair. The curling that is seen in
the Cornish Rex's fur is caused by a different gene mutation
than the Devon Rex's.
The Cornish Rex's fur is very fine and sometimes is curly.
It is considered to be the softest fur on any cat breed.
However because the fur is so light and short, Cornish Rex
cats are best cared for in warm, dry conditions indoors.
They can get hypothermic if left outdoors in the winter.
Their body temperatures are naturally slightly higher than
other cat breeds. Cornish Rexes tend to seek out heat
sources to lounge on, including people. Some Cornish Rex's
have a slightly "cheesy" smell that is produced by the scent
glands on the paws that are peculiar to this cat breed.
The Cornish Rex is often referred to as the
Greyhound of the
cat world. This is because of their galloping run and sleek
appearance that is a characteristic of the breed. These cats
are known for keeping their kittenish and playful
temperaments throughout their long lives.
Some Cornish Rexes can do acrobatic jumps, race with other
pets and even play fetch. They are adventurous cats that are
highly intelligent. They adapt to new situations well and
enjoy exploring their environment, even in places you would
rather they avoid. Their antics are considered to be
deliberately mischievous by some people. Cornish Rex cats
are extremely curious and enjoy the company of humans and
tend to be friendly toward other companion animals. They are
a good pet for introverted or shy children.
The Cornish Rex comes in a many different coat colors and
patterns, which are outlined in the standard for the breed:
black, chocolate, orange, solids including white and the
dilutes blue, cream and lilac; all tabby patterns including
classic, mackerel and ticked tabbies, tortoiseshell, bicolor
"tuxedo" coat in many colors, "smoke" colors and the color-
point pattern standard in the Siamese breed.
The Cornish Rex was developed from a litter of kittens born
in the 1950's on a farm in Cornwall, UK. The genetic
mutation caused an unusually fine and curly coat in a male
called Kallibunker. Interbreeding was done to replicate the
unusual coat and then one of the kittens was brought to the
United States and crossed with a Siamese, giving the breed
the big ears and long whippy tail. If you want a playful,
companion cat with a strikingly unusual appearance, the
Cornish Rex may be the cat for you.
What your Cornish
Rex would Love for you to know about him
By: Jane Bicks, D.V.M.
The Cornish Rex is a curvy cat, structured somewhat
like a small greyhound, whose wavy, plush, rippled
coat makes it an eye catching pet.
It is not necessarily less allergenic than other cats.
Active and energetic, the Cornish Rex is a rugged cat,
despite its delicate frame. It still sheds, so
hair ball treatment should be given.
These cats have a high metabolism (their normal body
temperature is slightly above that of other breeds)
and huge appetites.
Do not allow free feeding! As energetic as the Cornish Rex is,
it can easily overeat and become a blimp. It needs a
Premium cat food with high quality protein and usable fat for
meeting its energy needs including keeping warm.
I would Suggest this in a Premium, Dining Cuisine for
your Cornish Rex
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This breed is not meant for cold climates or cold
weather. I recommend a T-shirt on a Rex from October
to May. If he has problems with the cold, add
garlic to the diet every day.
The tail area has a tendency to become oily if the
diet is insufficient in usable fat, vitamin E, and
zinc. Shampoo wipes are handy to clean the tail once
in a while. Brush the coat with a soft brush, but
do it gently.
If you're not feeding your Rex an alternative premium cat food,
I would suggest adding a well rounded supplement
with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fats.
Hairball Solutions for Cornish Rex Cats