WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF THE REX!
Why consider letting a Rex Cat into your life? Those who own and cherish these delightful breeds of cat cannot imagine their lives without a Rex. This can be attributed to their wonderful dispositions and unusual appearance and they are becoming increasingly sought-after.
DEVON OR CORNISH?
The best way of deciding whether Devon or Cornish, is best for you to attend a show or talk to the owners of both breeds and if they have kittens for sale arrange to visit their homes and get to know the different qualities for yourself.
The Devon & Cornish Rex have two advantages: there are few moulted hairs; and people with cat-hair allergies are less likely to suffer when they come into close contact with the two breeds.
People, who are cat-allergic, are less likely to suffer with Devon's than with other breeds. This is because Devon's have very few guard hair compared with other cats. Allergens are usually spread around when a cat grooms and sheds guard hair. Devon Rex are NOT hypoallergenic as some Breeders claim!
HEALTH & MAINTENANCE
Rex Cats and kittens are wonderfully healthy and hardy but they need a warm place in which to sleep in winter. They make great indoor pets as they want to be around humans all the time. Special care should always be given to the Rex ears. Due to the size of the Rex's ears, they easily become dirty so once a week they should be cleaned with cotton buds or wool.
It is essential for your Rex to have FELINE RESPIRATORY DISEASE & FELINE ENTERITIS VACCINATIONS throughout its life span. Regular worming of your Rex regularly is also recommended. Consult your veterinarian about these products.
If you have decided to own a lighter coloured Rex, be careful of the Sun. You have several options, let your Rex out under supervision when the sun isn't in full shine or put sun tan cream on the nose and ears of your rex to prevent skin cancers. Rex's are drawn to the sun (just remember you might have to be cruel to be kind).
All cats have specific and unique nutrition requirements and Rex Cats are no different. It is important that you choose a balanced diet. Your Rex should always have access to water and be encouraged to drink. Raw chicken necks or wings are good for their teeth. If you vary a kitten's diet they will be less likely to form taste preferences as adults.
The biggest problem with feeding is that they are greedy and they dearly love to eat. They will attack food as if they were starving when they ate only minutes before, and they never know when to stop. For that reason, the owner must control the Rex diet or the cat will soon become very fat, and a fat Rex is not a pretty cat.
Kittens can be de-sexed at around 12 weeks of age. This is a minor operation, and the recovery time is far shorter than when they are adults. It is far easier to contain a kitten of this age to avoid any problems. Some owners / Breeder's prefer to wait until the kitten is around 5-6 months of age. It is not recommended to wait longer than this as cats can sexually mature as early as 4 months of age.
Preventing unwanted pregnancies is the most important reason to desex, but it has behavioural and physical advantages as well. Desexing means a cat will not display the restlessness, yowling, spraying and other sexual behaviours of intact cats. Entire females have a seven times greater risk of mammary cancer than desexed females. Desexing of females also eliminates uterine infections and the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer. Desexed males have a lower risk of certain types of cancers as well. One of biggest desexing benefits in males, though, is the reduction of the hormone levels that prompt spraying.
It is a Myth for female cats to have a litter before being desexed!