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Hi,

I am searching for my first Devon and have gotten some responses from breeders that left me wondering if I am asking the right questions.

I feel like this is a huge decision, a big investment emotionally and monetarily and I want to find a kitty whose personality fits as well as possible.

I have talked to several breeders about the personality I am hoping for in a kitten. I would really, really love to have a kitten that would enjoy snuggles and sit on laps.  I haven't had that in years and I am just dreaming about it. :)

If it turns out that the kitten doesn't, of course I will love it endlessly anyway, however, I that is something I would really, really like to have if possible.  My current kitty I adopted knowing she might not be snuggly-and she isn't at all.  She is incredibly aloof and reserved. She has never once sat on my lap so obviously that is not a deal breaker.

I either get noncommittal, rushed answers about "Oh, it's a sweet kitten." and that sort of thing.  Two people never wrote me back after I asked that question about personality or the other problem is that one is often expected to put a deposit down on a kitten when it is born and you don't know much about it at all.

Because of this, I have missed out on a handful of potential kittens.   Our family is very loving and I know we would all be so incredibly happy to have a kitten to snuggle with. It has been a hard year.

I hope this makes sense. Should I not be asking this question?  Can you figure out if a kitten is affectionate at all at a few months old? I would gladly adopt an adult but I haven't been able to find one. 

I have heard that a male might make a better choice but I get a lot of mixed answers on this too.

Thanks so much for helping this newbie out!

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  • I believe males are more affectionate, but I have girls too that just crave love.  I would want to know of there is a health guarantee.  Devons can be naughty especially kittens. They love to be with you & want to know what you are doing ALL the time.  If you are not fussed about colour you might have more chance of getting a kitten quicker.  Hopefully some of the breeders will come in & give you more advice that I can.

  • If you don't mind getting an adult, then maybe this would interest you http://www.mangalakatzs.com.au/adults_available.htm ? We have 3 cats from this fantastic breeder, and the Devon is an absolute sweetie, very cuddly too :)
    Otherwise I'd just go to a breeder and spend time with the kittens and see if any bond appears :) good luck!
  • Thanks to both of you for your answers. Smile.gif Joanna, I wish I could go visit some breeders and meet kittens so much. I live in Alaska and there are none here.  Apparently, there used to be but she isn't breeding any more. The kitty you linked too looks like a sweetie.  Want to take a vacation to Alaska and bring him to me? ;)

  • Oh sorry! I don't know why I thought you were in Australia Grin.gif Unfortunately I don't plan any holidays in Alaska now, but I would bring the cat if I could! Grin.gif 

    In your case, I would just call the breeders, it's easier to bother them more about kitten personalities on the phone! And if it's a good, responsible breeder, then the personality should be generally the same among all kitties.

  • Good idea, I need to not be so shy about the phone. Grin.gif

  • yeah! Go girl! Grin.gif

  • We have had both male and female Devon Rex and, although my personal preference is boys, girls can be just as affectionate. We adopted our current male Devon Rex, Jonesie, when he was 5 months old. For the first couple of years he was not much of a snuggler and quite shy. Now at 11 years young, he loves to cuddle and will even come around for a pet when we have visitors.

    I know that kittens (and puppies) are the cutest things ever and that raising them can be a lot of fun and very rewarding. However, if you want to be guaranteed to get Devon Rex who loves to cuddle, see if you can find a rehome. We just adopted a one year old Devon Rex girl (we now have 2 Grin.gif). While I was looking, 3 more adult Devon's came up for rehoming in our area. Two were being rehomed due to allergies in the family. They all sounded like they were super cuddlers Smile.gif. As an added bonus most adult Devons are usually already spayed or neutered, which can save you a bundle in vet costs.

    As far as posing questions to the breeder, if he or she is not willing to answer all your questions honestly, then I would not purchase a kitten from them.

     

  • Thanks so very much, Susanne!  I would love to find a Devon that needed rehoming. Maybe it's possible.  I don't think there are many Devons up here in Alaska so it might come down to me finding a rescue that would ship to me or a breeder with one retiring which I have asked a number of breeders about but not found any yet.  I guess we'll see! 

    The kitty in your profile pic is just a dream. Smile.gif  So lovely!

  • You are definitely in an area where it is more difficult to find a Devon Rex for rehome. Even our newest addition came from a city in Northern Alberta (6 hours drive away). Our boy came from Sweden with 2 other kittens going to Alberta for a kitten exchange. Although Devon Rex are generally sweet and outgoing kittens you do take a chance when you purchase a kitten sight unseen. We had the same attitude as you though in that we wanted a cuddly cat but were just as happy when he turned out to be less so.

    Good luck to you in finding your baby! I'm sure you'll love him/her no matter how cuddly :) 
     
    Wren said:

    Thanks so very much, Susanne!  I would love to find a Devon that needed rehoming. Maybe it's possible.  I don't think there are many Devons up here in Alaska so it might come down to me finding a rescue that would ship to me or a breeder with one retiring which I have asked a number of breeders about but not found any yet.  I guess we'll see! 

    The kitty in your profile pic is just a dream. Smile.gif  So lovely!

  • I have a male Devon and the breeder said to me, "that Devon's want to know what you are doing and will help you do it". Never a truer word was spoken. Baggins has always wanted to be on our laps or the laps of anyone who comes over and sits down. It doesn't matter if he knows them or not. He trots behind us around the house and sometimes it is a matter of devising something to get him to curl up on his own so we can get something done. I hope you find the right kitten for you.

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