Are you a big cat fan, but don’t want to accommodate a house tiger with a lot of hair? Then it’s worth taking a look at the Cornish Rex: The clever Brit with the warm nature is not completely allergy-free either, but loses comparatively little hair due to the structure of her fur. Furthermore, the cat inspires with its attachment and exotic appearance. Curly cat care is not a problem if you keep an eye on the details.
Cornish Rex: character
The Cornish Rex is known to be affectionate and affectionate. She enjoys being stroked by her owner just as much as she enjoys extensive romping around – she can “switch” from chill to action mode in a flash. She does not know shyness, towards strangers she is usually friendly and approachable. The velvet paw has no problem with a more turbulent home environment (it usually gets involved) and is, therefore, a good choice for families with children.
Keeping and caring for the Cornish Rex
The Cornish Rex is an active cat that can develop acrobatic skills. Since she is very curious and always wants to examine everything carefully, she needs stimulation through intelligence and hunting toys and “sports equipment” such as a challenging scratching post. She learns some tricks and is suitable for cat agility. Owning a Cornish Rex means you need to devote a lot of time to interact with the animal. A cat buddy should be present if possible.
Since the fur of the velvet paw is thinner overall and the hair is less thick, the Cornish Rex is sensitive to weather and moisture. For this reason, she should be kept indoors, ideally with access to a secured balcony or garden run where she can enjoy the sun in good weather.
You have to show sensitivity when feeding the fur nose. The breed requires a slightly higher energy intake but tends to gain weight. It is best to get advice from your veterinarian and check the figure of your house tiger regularly. Cornish Rex has a slightly increased predisposition to gum problems and skin conditions.
Colors of the Cornish Rex
In principle, the breed standard of the Cornish Rex allows all coat colors; blue, black, white, and tortoiseshell cats are very common. White markings also occur. However, bald spots are not desirable.
The History of the Cornish Rex
The Cornish Rex has been an established cat breed since the 1950s. At that time, due to a spontaneous gene mutation, a curly-haired kitten called “Kallibunker” was found in the litter of an ordinary farm cat from Cornwall. In cat-loving England, this caught the attention of various breeders. The Cornish Rex cat was established in breeding by mating the tomcat with the unusual coat and crossing Siamese and Oriental Shorthair. The first copies made their way to the USA in the 1950s. Today a distinction is made between the “European” and the “American” type, with the latter being somewhat smaller but having a more pronounced head shape. The Cornish Rex has been a recognized pedigree cat since the 1960s.
Peculiarities of the Cornish Rex
The most obvious feature of the Cornish Rex is their curly coat, complete with wavy whiskers. It has – if any – only a few guard hairs and a much lower hair density, so that the fur lies in small, dense curls or in light waves. Since the deformation of the whiskers can influence the orientation of the animals, the breed is considered “relevant to animal welfare” in Germany; in the case of the Cornish Rex, the respective federal states assess the breeds.
Another unusual feature of the pedigree cat: When she is “happy”, she wags her tail like a dog.
Important note on the breeding form
Curly-haired cats do not have functional vibrissae on their head or body (they are usually curly as well). Since vibrissae are an essential sensory organ for cats, their absence or their transformation leading to a lack of function is to be considered a tormented breeding trait.
The whiskers are important for orientation, especially in the dark, but also when catching and scanning prey, examining objects and establishing social contacts. The BMELV report recommends a breeding ban for cats without or curly whiskers.