The Cornish Rex Cat is fairly rare, but very endearing and attached to its master. He behaves like a dog since he does not hesitate to follow his owner everywhere in the house. Indoor cat, its fragile appearance hides an athletic body and a very good resistance to everything. He has a kitten character throughout his life and is active, cheerful, and playful. The Cornish Rex cat also has a very interesting feature: meowing quite regularly, in a piercing voice! If you are a talkative person, Cornish Rex cat might the best companion for you.
Hair type: Short
Hair loss: Weak
Weight and height
Female From 5 to 8 pounds From 30 cm to 33 cm
Male From 8 to 10 pounds From 32 cm to 35 cm
Breed history Of Cornish Rex Cat
The Cornish Rex as we know it today was born on July 21, 1950. Serena, the cat of Nina Ennismore and Winifred Macalister, gave birth to a litter of which one of the kittens had an astrakhan coat, big ears, and a very thin tail. This kitten is named Kallibunker. A geneticist advises Nina Ennismore to breed him to confirm descendants with the same particular coat. Bingo!
The 3 cubs of Kallibunker had the same characteristics, but a female escaped, and one of the 2 males died. Only Sham Pain Chas remained. A few years later, a small group of breeders crossed Sham Pain Chas with fellow plain-coated breeds.
Physical Features of Cornish Rex Cat
His body: the Cornish Rex has an oriental format body. It is long and has a deep rib cage. His back is arched a bit like a Greyhound. We notice a rounded and muscular rear end. He has thin, firm, and muscular legs as well. Moreover, this cat has the particularity of running very quickly.
His hair: the Cornish Rex cat is distinguished by a fur that, to the touch, resembles silk. Here we are talking about its short-haired variety. His coat is soft, dense, and lush. Small wavelets dot the body. He also has small mustaches. There is a long-haired variety, which is called the Californian Rex. Its fur has the same characteristics as the Cornish Rex. Both have an undercoat, but no guard hair.
His color: the standard of the Cornish Rex, like the 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.
His head: it is quite long, in any case not very wide.
His eyes: they are medium in size and oval in shape, wide open. They are placed at an angle. The color of his eyes will be whatever color your fur is.
His ears: are conical in shape, quite large, and placed high on the head.
His tail: it is rather long and whip-shaped. It is covered with fine, notched hair, like the rest of the body.
Behavior and character
The Cornish Rex cat is generally a more or less meowing cat. He has a pretty shrill voice. Moreover, it is a very active, intelligent, and curious cat. He keeps a kitten character almost throughout his life, which makes him endearing, but above all dependent. He is very attached to his owner and acts a bit like a dog.
One might think that his very thin coat makes him fragile. It is quite the opposite, the Cornish Rex is a fairly solid and above all athletic breed. He is charming, and playful, and will get along perfectly with children. It cannot do without the company of its owner.
Suitable Living conditions
The Cornish Rex cat is suitable for apartment living, as long as it has several accessories to keep busy and active, such as a modern cat tree. It can go back and forth on a balcony, if its owner has one, or in the garden. As it is a cat that likes to roam and appreciates the human company, it is recommended to watch it outside and have it identified. He does not appreciate solitude and is therefore not suitable for people who are often absent. if you work from home the Cornish Rex may be very happy with you. just place a cat condo on your desk and watch it come and spend time there regularly during the day. Equipping your house with cat furniture where your cat can play and rest when tired will strengthen the relationship between you.
Health and Care Tips
The Cornish Rex cat is endowed with rather solid health, but it fears low temperatures. Although he has few genetic predispositions to such and such a disease, he can however be affected by:
hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a syndrome characterized by thickening of the heart muscle;
patella luxation, which can cause problems walking;
dermatoses, which, as their name suggests, attack the skin.
All cats should be vaccinated against rabies, typhus, leucosis, and coryza.
Hypoallergenic Breed: Yes
Maintenance and hygiene
The maintenance of the Cornish Rex cat is relatively easy and requires basic gestures, which should be carried out regularly for the well-being and health of the cat.
A weekly brushing, not very intense, is enough to preserve the beauty of his hair. Remember to inspect her skin frequently to make sure there is no redness or other worrisome appearance. The bath must remain exceptional.
In addition, ears and eyes should be cleaned weekly with a cotton ball soaked in a special lotion recommended by your veterinarian. The use of a cotton swab is to be banned, as it could damage the cat's ear canal.
How to Feed a Cornish Rex Cat
The Cornish Rex cat's diet should be complete and balanced. Thus, croquettes or pâtés must be able to meet their daily energy expenditure and be adapted to their age as well as their morphology. Finally, he must always have fresh water at his disposal to hydrate himself.