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Devon Rex

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Curious, energetic and loyal, this distinctive looking feline is a small ball of energy suited to an active family. They have a playful nature, are highly trainable and love company. They like to stick by their owner’s side and be across all the action.

Where I'm From

In 1960, a cat-loving woman named Beryl Cox stumbled upon a curly coated tomcat in Devon, England. She wasn’t able to tame it, but she did keep an eye on it and another stray that was pregnant. When the stray gave birth, Beryl kept a curly-coated male kitten from the litter, and named it Kirlee.

Beryl realised Kirlee looked similar to the Cornish Rex and contacted a local breeder who allowed Kirlee to get to know some Cornish queens. Interestingly, Kirlee’s kittens were born with straight hair, which demonstrated the gene responsible for the curly coat in a Devon is different to the gene responsible for a curly coat in a Cornish Rex.

And so this is the tale of how Kirlee came to be recognised as the father of the Devon Rex breed.

What I Look Like

The Devon Rex sports a distinctive look, having large curious eyes, a wedge-shaped head, full cheeks and large low-set ears. Some say their appearance is pixie like!

They’re a medium sized feline with a muscular body, which comes in pretty much any colour or pattern. Devons curly fur is their main selling point as there are very few breeds with wavy coats, plus it’s short and easy to manage. If you’re looking for a cat that doesn’t require much grooming, you’ll be well matched with this one.

The Devon’s short fur also makes them a suitable pet for people with allergies, and they don’t tend to shed much either.

How I Act

These perky feline are high energy and love to play. This breed is trainable so you can teach your Devon to fetch toys and even walk on a lead, but you can also expect a little bit of trouble. These cats have been known to affectionately push the boundaries by climbing curtains and attacking wallpaper. They’re an inquisitive breed and like to explore every detail of their environment.

Devons are also very loyal animals and will follow their owners from room to room, not wanting to miss out on the action. Think of it as feline FOMO. Their dependent nature means they’re not well suited to people who are away a lot during the day, but they are good with other animals so consider getting your Devon a companion.

Looking After Me

These felines are generally a healthy bunch, known to live long lives of around twelve years. They’re ideal for pet owners living in apartments as Devons prefer life indoors, but they’re also an active breed, and will be happiest with an equally happy family.

Their coats are easily maintained with a hand stroke, so the only real on-going maintenance for the breed is a monthly ear clean.

Am I the pet for you?

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.