Cornish Rex Cat:Cat Breed Profile


:Cat Breed Profile

Cornish rex cat

The Cornish Rex Cat is a rather rare cat, but very endearing and attached to its master. It behaves like a dog since It doesn’t hesitate to follow Its owner around the house. Indoor cat, Its fragile appearance actually hides an athletic body and a very good resistance to everything.

It has a kitten character throughout  Its life, is active, cheerful, and playful. The only downside is that It meows quite regularly, in a shrill voice.

History of the breed

The Cornish Rex Cat as we know it today was born on July 21, 1950. On the property of Mr. Ennismore, her cat gave birth to a litter of which one of the kittens presented an astrakhan coat, present of big ears and a rat tail.

This kitten, preserved, is named KallibunkerThen, when It wanted to have it neutered, Its veterinarian advised him to breed It in order to confirm descendants with the same particular coat.

Kallibunker’s pups had the same characteristics, with a more curly coat. This was the case for example of Sham Pain Chas, the only male in Kallibunker’s litter. A few years later, a small group of breeders crossed Sham Pain Chas with fellow breeds with ordinary hair. This resulted in a new variant of Cornish Rex.

Physical features

  • Its body: The Cornish Rex cat has an oriental format body. It is long and has a deep rib cage. Its back is arched a bit like a Greyhound. We notice a rounded and muscular rear end. It also has thin, firm, and muscular legs. Moreover, this cat has the particularity of running very quickly.
  • Its coat: The Cornish Rex is distinguished by a fur that, to the touch, resembles silk. We’re talking about her short-haired variety here. Its coat is soft, dense and lush. Small ripples dot the body. He also has small mustaches. There is a long-haired variety known as the Californian Rex. Its fur has the same characteristics as the Cornish Rex. Both have an undercoat, but no jar hair.
  • Its color: The standard of Cornish Rex, like Californian Rex, is quite flexible. Indeed, it is possible to find this breed in all possible colors and combinations. Even Cinnamon and Fawn are tolerated.
  • Its head: It is quite long, in all not very wide. It has 2 slightly curved lines when looking at the head in profile. These 2 lines form 2 convex arcs called a “Roman profile”. The nose is quite broad and rounded. A slight pinch, on the muzzle, is formed.
  • Its eyes: They are medium in size and oval in shape, wide open. They are placed at an angle. The color of the eyes matches that of the dress.
  • Its ears: They are conical in shape, quite large, and placed high on the head.
  • Its tail: It is rather long and shaped like a whip. It is covered with a fine and notched hair, like the rest of the body.

Behavior With Others

The Cornish Rex is quite a Meowth cat. That is for the disadvantage side. It has a fairly piercing voice which can be annoying in the long run. In addition, it is a very active, intelligent, and curious cat.

It keeps the character of a kitten almost throughout Its life, which makes It endearing, but above all dependent. It’s very attached to Its master and acts a bit like a dog. You might think that its very thin coat makes it fragile.

Quite the opposite, the Cornish Rex is a fairly solid breed and above all an athlete. It’s a charmerplayer, will get along perfectly with children. It cannot do without the company of Its master.

Living Conditions

The Cornish Rex Cat is above all an indoor cat, which appreciates the comfort of the premises. It will have to have several accessories to take care of and also to spend, like a cat tree, almost compulsory.

It can go back and forth on a balcony if Its master has one, or in the garden. It is not recommended to let It roam outside as It pleases, as it could face bad encounters.

Health & Maintenance

The Cornish Rex has rather robust health. It is a little afraid of very cool temperatures but tolerates fall or the beginning of winter very well. Since It’s an indoor cat, It shouldn’t be faced with freezing cold often. Furthermore, It does not develop any hereditary pathology.

This makes It a disease-resistant cat, even though It may develop several classic cat diseases over Its 15-year life. This is why It must be vaccinated against rabies, typhus, leucosis and coryza.

Hypoallergenic Breed: Yes

The life expectancy of a Cornish Rex is between 12 and 15 years .

The main disadvantage of the relatively easy maintenance of Cornish Rex is that it preserves the ripples. It is possible to use a baby brush or a fine comb to handle the rather short (sometimes a little longer) hairs of this cat. Regular brushing should occur.

In addition to a light weekly brushing, the Cornish Rex simply demands that Its ears be cleaned once a week with lotion and cotton. Never use a cotton swab, which could damage this cat’s ear canal.

The Cornish Rex’s diet should be complete and balanced. Thus, it must be able to meet its daily energy expenditure. It can be fed with human food without any problem. You can feed it fishmeatfresh vegetables, and starches without any worry. Fats should not be given to It often. Remember to keep water always by its side.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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