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The Cornish Rex is a breed of cat known for having virtually no hair save for a layer of down, which itself has a distinct curl to it on many of the cats. The breed originates from Cornwall, in the UK.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.


The first noted birth of Cornish Rex kittens was in a litter born in the 1950s in Cornwall. One of the kittens was a cream coloured male name Kallibunker who had a very fine and curly coat. He was then backcrossed to his mother and they produce two more kittens with the same type of coat. The male, called Poldhu, was bred with a Siamese cat to product the long tail and large ears that the breed has become known for.

While looking similar to the neighbouring Devon Rex, the coat of the Cornish is actually created by a different genetic mutation. The Devon Rex has guard hairs as well as down hairs and sheds it coat and crosses between the two breeds creates a cat that has short, wavy fur only.


The coat of most cat breeds is formed from three types of hair; the guard or outer hair which is around 5cm long in shorthaired breeds and double this in longhaired breeds; the middle later called the awn hair and the undercoat or down hair. With Cornish Rex, they have only the down layer and the genetic mutation that makes this also causes the hair to curl to give them their wavy coat.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

Their coat is the softest of any breed of cat but also means it provides them with very little protection against the elements, so these cats tend to be indoor pets because of this. Even then, they may still need protecting against the extremes of temperature and can be prone to hypothermia if outdoors.

This is also made worse by them having a higher than average body temperature with their normal temperature being around 39 degrees C or 102 degrees F. Around the house, they will often tend to hang around the warmest places, such as radiators and lamps. Breeders have also noted that a strange smell can sometimes be noticed around these cats, almost cheesy, that comes from scent glands on their paws.


Cornish Rex come in almost all colours and patterns including solid colours such as white, black, chocolate, orange and dilute shades such as blue lilac and cream. They also come in the different tabby patterns including classic, ticked and mackerel, in tortoiseshell colours and smoke shades as well as the colour point coat pattern associated with Siamese.


The Cornish Rex is often called the Greyhound of cats because it is sleek and slender and has a galloping run. Even as they mature, they tend to retain a kittenish personality and like to run around and play. They are also very intelligent and adventurous cats who can adapt to new situations easily and like to explore their surroundings without fear. They enjoy being around people and other animals and are good with children.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
Updated: February 24, 2017 — 5:53 pm

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