Cornish Rex – Cats With Dog-like Personalities

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Welcome all cat fanciers! Big applause to our special guest today, the Cornish Rex cat. How to describe this breed in only one word? As far as we are concerned, that is “dog-like”. Yeahhhh! Often known as “Con Artist in Fur”, “The Feline Version of a Whippet” and “Feline Invaders from Outer Space”, they are truly well-desired all over the world. Wanna find out more about these special friends? Here we go!

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Fun facts about the origin of Cornish Rex cats

First of all, it is interesting to have a comprehensive understanding of where they come from, who are their ancestors. We have to say that it is much more amazing than you have ever expected.

They are named for a rabbit

Can you believe it? Exactly, these felines are named for the rex rabbit. People often use the word “rex rabbit” for a number of domestic rabbits, putting on a very plush sort of fur (often referred to as rex fur).

What makes the Cornish Rex look like the rex rabbits? Actually, the rex rabbits have no guard hairs in its fur, which means their fur has the same shortness of length. This is why you can have a feeling of plush when stroking a rex rabbit, or our friend, “The Feline Version of a Whippet”.

They originated from a sort of magical corner of Great Britain

It is Cornwall, where King Arthur was born. Also, in this place, there was one of the most special and interesting cat breeds on earth: the curly-coated Cornish Rex kittens. In 1950, Nina Ennismore’s tortoiseshell cat, whose name was Serena, gave birth to a litter of five cute kittens, including a male with a curly coat and the other four kittens with short hair.

Until now, the father of the litter has been a question, even though he has been considered to be Ginger, Serena’s litter brother, who was a short-haired red tabby.

After consulting some geneticists, in order to maintain the curly-haired gene, Nina Ennismore decided to conduct a cross-breeding process between the curly-coated kitten and his mother. In the end, there were two out of three resulting kittens exhibited curly-coated. Based on this foundation,  to create healthy and strong maintenance for this breed, breeders started to outcross the Rex to domestic shorthairs. There are a variety of shorthair breeds, ranging from Siamese, Russian Blues, British Shorthairs, American Shorthairs to Havana Browns.

In 1957, the first “Con Artist in Fur” appeared in the U.S. Until 1964, they were officially recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association. They are also recognized by the International Cat Association other cat breeders’ associations.

Characteristics of Cornish Rex cats

So, we are about to give you useful information about what they look like, how it is to live with them and what they love most. Let’s find out whether they are the right ones that you are looking for.

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Appearance

Sleek and thin though they seem, when you hold them in your arms, you will be surprised because they are surprisingly heavier than your expectation, and males often weigh between 8 to 10 pounds, which is a little bit heavier than the females. They own a dancer’s body, which is long, slim and highly muscular.

What makes them extremely impressive, distinguishing them from other cat breeds, tends to be their outstanding coat. Are they clients of a hairstylist experimenting with a permanent wave solution? Absolutely NO. Their soft, short and wavy fur is the result of spontaneous natural mutation.

Due to a diversity of breeds in its ancestry, these Rux cats come in almost every color and pattern that you can expect. When it comes to coat colors, there are many kinds of color for your choice, including solid colors (white, black, chocolate, lilac, blue, orange) and other types (tabby, tortoiseshell, bicolor, shaded silver and gold).

Many specialists say that they have an unusually proportioned body. They frequently come in the egg-shaped head, with huge “bat ears”. Their back is naturally arched, creating the distinct “tummy tuck”. They are often compared to a Greyhound, perhaps because of their tucked-up stomach, long legs, and tiny waist.

Temperament

DOG-LIKE! As mentioned before, our “Feline Invaders from Outer Space” is like dogs in the appearance of cats. They are so energetic and active that they will make your day grabbed by full of activities. They love playing chasing games such as fetches, snuggling with you and following you around every single corner of your house.

INTELLIGENT! This cat breed is highly smart, very interactive, and eager to learn new tricks, and play the piano. So you can proudly amaze your friends with the interesting tricks that your Rex has learned.

AFFECTIONATE! What they love most is to spend time playing with you, sitting in your lap or giving a kiss. As far as they are concerned, their people are the only ones that they care about in this world. They can even stop playing their favorite toys just to be with you. Since they always seek for human companionship, they are sometimes demanding, vocal and insistent.

FRIENDLY! They are very social with an acrobatic, clownish personality. They can get on really well with children and other pets, even dogs. As a result, they are often used as therapy pets.

Interests

Because of the thin coat, they can easily get hot as well as cold. By far, they love the heat. Therefore, when living with a Rex friend, you can see that she prefers feeling the warmth from your body or snuggling under blankets.

Thanks to their long toes, they find it easy to manipulate any objects within their reach or open door. As a result, if you do not want your little Rex damage your favorite willow, remember to keep it far away from her.

How to care for Cornish Rex cats?

Are you in two minds about caring for a cat? We know that it is never a piece of cake. The nurturing process requires hundreds of things that you need to take into consideration before adopting a feline. However, WewPet is here to give you helpful pieces of advice so that you can be a good owner ever.

Grooming

They do not demand special grooming skills; it is typically as easy as brushing your hand over their naturally wavy coat. However, having a soft bristle brush or a fine-tooth comb is better to make their coat neat. Brushing gently and do not worry about whether the hairs will drop onto the floor noticeably or not because they are so fine.

BUT

Too much grooming is not good at all. Why? Since they do not have the outer layer and middle layer of fur, their under layer is extremely vulnerable. Therefore, their hairs can be easily pulled out with too much grooming.

Cleaning

Unless your cat is white or has a lot of white on her coat, bathing is rarely necessary. Nevertheless, giving them weekly bathing is better than nothing.

In order to prevent some dental problems, frequent dental hygiene can really help. Daily brushing their teeth with some kinds of pet-approved toothpaste will help maintain good overall health and fresh breath. It is also essential to notice their eyes regularly, so that you can remove any discharge in the corners of their eyes. Besides, you should not forget to check their ears weekly. If they look dirty, use a cotton ball moistened with a gentle cleanser suggested by your vet to wipe them out.

Like most cat breeds, they are hygiene-addicts. Therefore, they require their litter box to be cleaned up frequently. Try to keep it spotlessly clean.

Keeping their skin healthy

Due to their thin coat, the Cornish Rex friends can easily change their temperature. If you feel cold, so are they. As a result, in order to keep them warm, especially in winter, you should purchase a well-fitting sweater when taking them outside.

Besides, they are susceptible to sunburns, so you should apply cat-safe sunscreen, which is highly recommended by your vet, to their ears and thinner patches of their coats when going in the sun.

Food diets and nutrition

These active cats typically have an appetite to match. Fortunately, they are not picky eaters. However, do not be cheated by their frequent food demand because in case they are allowed to freely eat, they are highly prone to be overweighted. Therefore, feeding your companion depends on your schedule and your cat’s appetite; you should try to make her familiar with a healthy eating routine.

Not only can they benefit from high-quality food products, but they can also absorb essential vitamins and minerals from fruits and veggies. You should, however, consult your vet before changing or adding something new to their diets.

Health problems

Even though they are generally healthy, there are still some problems that they can inherit.

Hereditary baldness, or known as congenital hypotrichosis

It is considered to be a genetic problem of this breed because of their naturally very fine coat, but less hair than normal.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)

This is the most common disease in most cats. It causes thickening of the heart muscle.

As long as you give your Rex full of your love, healthy diets and exercises, and regular check-ups, she can live happily with you up to 20 years. We know that caring for a cat is not easy at all; however, if you try your best, she can feel how you love her and we bet that she will be the best companion in your life.

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FAQs about Cornish Rex cats

Are they suitable for those who suffer from asthma?

Unfortunately, the answer is a big NO. Why? In fact, they are not hypoallergenic. Their short, wavy coat does not make it hypoallergenic. What mainly makes your discomfort is the Fel d 1 glycoprotein, which is produced from the sebaceous glands of their skin, saliva, and urine. As a result, if you are now an asthma sufferer, then this breed is not a good choice for you.

How can I make them happy when I’m not available to play with them?

If you are working, let them play with their own toys. Because they are highly active and energetic cats, they will appreciate when you give them plenty of toys. Which is suitable? As far as we are concerned, since they love to jump and seek high places, a cat perch is absolutely a nice reward. You can also consider some toys such as feather fishing poles or plush mice for your little companion.

Should I have my cat vaccinated?

The best answer for this question is based on your vet’s advice as it depends on your location and your cat’s lifestyle. Frequently, all cats need vaccination against herpesvirus, distemper, rabies and calicivirus. So you should consult your vet carefully to know whether it is necessary to get your cat vaccinated.

How often should I take my cat to my veterinarian?

At least one per year! To help maintain a healthy development, you should give your feline companion at least yearly check-up. However, if you notice anything strange such as unusual behavior, then you should take them to your vet so that he can diagnose any health problem promptly. Regular check-ups are still the best solution to avoid potential diseases, which is difficult to identify on your own, such as heart conditions.

FINALLY…

Are you ready to adopt such energetic and intelligent Cornish Rex cats? We believe that they will make your life much more interesting and amazing. Why not stand up and go to a breeder to choose the most suitable feline for you, huh?