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Get to know the Devon Rex Cat Breed

The Devon Rex is an energetic, active breed that enjoys charming their parents with an animated display rewarded with warm attention. With their playful appearances and mischievous temperaments, the Devon Rex is an entertaining cat. Intelligent and extremely active, they flourish in a busy home. While leaving them unattended while away for an extended period of time is ill-advised as they can become bored and search for things to amuse them. They do get along well with children and other cat-friendly pets.



When the Cornish Rex cat began exhibiting in cat shows in England, they caught the attention of many, and they often appeared in newspapers. Beryl Cox from Devon observed one of the pictures, which piqued her interest since she lived near an old tin mine where a colony of curly coat cats lived. Cox owned a kitten that had a curly coat. Even though the mother was a barn cat with straight-haired, this kitten possessed curly hair. She named one of the strays from the tin mine Kirlee, which later became famous as the source of the breed known as the Devon Rex.
In the beginning, some breeders believed the curly coat of both the Devon Rex and the Cornish Rex might be related and that the two could be bred with each other. Although this breeding was attempted several times, the resulting kittens always came out with straight coats. So it was later concluded that the curly-coated cats were settled to be two distinct breeds.

Personality & Temperament

The Devon Rex is a lively, active breed. They are genuinely a small clown and will entertain their parent by providing enchanting, funny performances. The Devon expects to be rewarded for their show with loving attention and will return the affection with purring.



Adult Devon Rexes are medium-sized, with the head appearing large and a broad chest. The males are significantly larger than females since they tend to have medium boning, and the females have lighter boning. They have a unique appearance, with a triangular head and large eyes. Their large ears and other distinguished facial features give the breed a fairy or elf look.
The curly and soft coat on the Devon Rex is also unique. Numerous Devons lack fur in certain places, especially the parts which are easy to lick themselves. Their coat is fragile, and constant grooming can cause the fur to break off entirely. They also usually have broken whiskers since their whiskers are also delicate.

Caring for your Devon Rex

When it comes to grooming, the Devon shouldn’t be brushed since their fur is too fragile. They have a small wavy coat with a little undercoat. They shed very lightly. You will ultimately see a light coating of “lint,” their favorite spot they like to sleep in. Kittens can molt at about three months, and their coat will develop after the next six months or so.
The big ears tend to accumulate oily buildup and best be cleaned when they appear “dirty.” A weekly claw trimming and a regular tooth brushing a vet-approved pet toothpaste is ideal. Also, make sure to provide a tall scratching pole, cat trees, and perches to ease their natural scratching instinct since they are quite the jumpers. Devons also enjoy a warm place near sunlight and areas of warmth in the winter. They also should seldom be brushed since their fur is very fragile. Rubbing them gently with a cloth will keep them properly groomed.
Certain Devons enjoy eating and have strict feeding limits, and others are good at self-regulating. With kittens, they need to be fed three times per day until they’re about six months. Then, twice daily is the optimal feeding routine. Several Devons are “snackers” and prefer to have kibble available instead of little wet food. It is also essential to give your cat fresh, pure water every day. A tip for helping your cat drink enough water each day is to place the water bowl at least three feet apart from any food because of its overwhelming smell. Filtered drinking water fountains can be a great alternative instead of a water bowl. Also, since they love food, it is essential to keep their nutrition carefully monitored.
Devon Rexes are considered a healthy breed. Still, it is recommended to genetically test them for all available genetic markers, including Devon myopathy, HCM, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. The best solution for your cat is to take a proactive approach when it comes to their health. Regular vet visits can help prevent complications and maintain your companion in your family for a long time.

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