Devon Rex Cats
The Devon Rex is a cat that is known for their impish looks and accompanying mischievous personality. They have a large set of ears that are hung low and big impish eyes that are inside of their head that is accompanied by high cheek bones and short muzzles.
The Devon Rex ranges in size – small to medium – and has a very muscular physique that is covered in shirt velvety hair that has ripples throughout it. Many people refer to them as Gremlins due to the fact that they have waif-like tousled curls while others say they remind them of Little Orphan Annie’s hair.
The Devon Rex originates from Buckfastleigh, Devon, England from an abandoned tin mine. They were first spotted back in 1960 when Miss Beryl Cox’s cat had a litter of kittens by a feral tom. More specifically one of the new kittens came out a brownish-black color that looked just like the feral tom.
This male kitten was known by the name of Kirlee. Astonished with what her cat had created Miss Beryl Cox decided to write Brian Sterling-Webb to see if her cat qualified for one of their programs. However, at the time there was no such program available for Kirlee due to the fact that he did not quite fit in to any of the other already established cat breeds. Soon breeders became interested in this newly discovered breed and they made it their business to come up with a program so they could conserve the gene.
Kirlee is considered to be the ancestor to all of the Devon Rex’s and he lived until 1970 due to being killed during a car accident.
The Devon Rex breed is said to be very intelligent yet they are also very mischievous as well as active. Any owner will also tell you that they love to play all the time and they will leave know spot in your home unknown to them.
Not to mention the fact that they are excellent jumpers and it is not uncommon to find them on the top of your door or even climbing somewhere that they may have just noticed. Additionally, the Devon Rex is very good when around people so you should always be prepared to have company.
They especially enjoy sitting on your shoulder when you are cooking because they really enjoy eating. Furthermore, you will find that they enjoy curling in your lap while you read and they even get under the covers with you a night when it is time for bed. Another good quality of the Devon Rex is they are not big talkers but they do chirp when they want you to look at something that has caught their attention. So, as you may have imagined since they love interacting so much it is never a good idea to leave them alone for an extended amount of time because when you come back your house may not be in the best shape because they tend to destroy things whenever they become bored.
Lastly, you can leave these felines among your children because they are great with them which make them the perfect pet for families.
The Devon Rex is characterized by their muscular builds and mid sizes. They usually weigh about six to nine pounds and it is common for the males to weigh more than the females. Appearance wise you will notice that they have soft, short, curly coats that will vary from each cat.
Some Devon Rex’s have full coats that contain loose curls while others have coats that resemble tousled mops such as Annie’s not to mention there are others who have thin coats. Lastly, some of them will even look as though they are going bald. Furthermore, when looking at their whiskers and eyebrows you will find that they look similar to their coats.
One of the most distinguishing features of this breed, however, is the fact that they always are warm whenever you may touch them which makes them great for snuggling during the colder months. However, there body temperatures are said to be the same as other cats yet the difference comes in because their coats are not as insulated so they give off more heat. Then, of course there is the fact that the Devon Rex loves heat, so don’t be surprised if you find your cat sitting on top of the television of basking in one of your windows. Devon Rex’s are also very easy to take care of because despite their coats they do not shed a lot and they even dry fast when they take baths.
However, you should be aware that their ears are known for becoming dirty so you should at least commit to cleaning them once a week with a soft cotton swab. But, other than that the quick shampooing and a towel dry is all that they require in order for them to keep up their hygiene. Well, obviously, from time to time they are also going to need to have their nails trimmed as well to insure that their claws stay short. Many people believe that the Devon Rex is one of the cat breeds that do not shed yet this is a myth. They just go about shedding in a different manner.
So, with that being said the Devon Rex does produce allergens like other cats. However, some people with cat allergies are able to be around them while others are not. So, if you have cat allergies but want to be a pet owner to a Devon Rex it is very important for you to make sure that you spend some time with one of them first to make sure that you can stand to be around them. It is recommended that you visit with one more than once before making the decision as well as give it 24 hours to see if you experience any type of reaction.