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Devon Rex

Devon Rex

Basic Devon Rex Information

  • Lifespan: 15 - 20 years
  • Weight: 7 - 12 pounds


Medical Conditions Seen in Devon Rex


Devon Rex Traits

  • Lap Cat
         
  • Intelligence
         
  • Ease of Training
         
  • Grooming Requirements
         
  • Shedding
         
  • Good with Children
         
  • Good with Dogs
         
  • Chattiness
         


Devon Rex History

  • The breed originated in 1960 in Devon, England as the suspected result of a spontaneous mutation. A curly-coated, brownish-black kitten named Kirlee was born in a litter of straight-haired kittens by a stray calico.
  • The Devon Rex arrived a decade after its more popular cousin, the Cornish Rex.
  • The first Devon Rexes arrived in the United States in 1968.
  • Accepted by every major cat breed registry, including the Cat Fanciers Association and The International Cat Association.


Devon Rex Behavior Concerns

  • Fondness for surveying the scene from high perches like shoulders and the tops of doors.
  • More apt to give you a body hug than sit calmly in your lap.
  • Keep tabs on this cat because it tends to slip in tight, narrow places like behind your sofa or refrigerator.
  • Capable of emitting extremely loud purrs when content.
  • Highly trainable and needs - and wants - to perform tasks and basic commands.
  • Without suitable outlets for their high energies, they may resort to swinging like monkeys on drapes and blinds.
  • Love to be loved and hate to be bored.


Look of Devon Rexs

  • This breed is all about the ears. Its gigantic, bat-like ears set low on the sides of its pixie-looking face.
  • Its head is wedge-shaped, unlike the Cornish Rex who has an egg-shaped head.
  • Its coat comes in every feline color or pattern and ranges from thin, suede-like feel to full and wavy coat.
  • Its small to medium-framed body is deceptively muscular and strong. Its hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs.
  • The face is dominated by giant oval eyes and prominent cheekbones and whisker pads.
  • Despite claims, this breed is not hypo-allergenic. However, its coat sheds less than most cats.


Grooming Devon Rex Cats

  • Regarded as a "wash-and-wear" breed that requires minimal grooming care because its thin, fine hair is not at risk for developing mats.
  • Stroke the coat with chamois leather or your hands to spread the natural oils in the coat
  • Periodically clean the ears to prevent wax buildup.
  • Wipe down using a cat-safe baby wipe or a warm, damp washcloth.


Suggested Nutritional Needs for Devon Rexs

  • Serve high-quality food high in antioxidants and protein. Avoid diets containing corn, wheat, dairy or by products.
  • Brush the teeth or provide special dental chew treats to control plaque.
  • Be aware the Devon likes to sneak food and has an appetite that seems to exceed its stature.


Fun Facts of Devon Rexs

  • Sports two very different nicknames: "Dennis the Menace" due to its got-to-play-now nature and the "Poodle who purrs" due to its dog-like friendliness and high intelligence.
  • By eight weeks of age, the coats usually molt or thin out.
  • Noted for wagging their tails and chortling when praised or in happy moods.


Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.


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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics.

Veterinary Emergency + Critical Care, 8650 W. Tropicana Ave. Ste B-107, the corner of Tropicana and Durango, their phone number is 702-262-7070 or

Las Vegas Animal Emergency Hospital, 5231 W. Charleston Blvd, on Charleston just West of Decatur, their phone number is 702-822-1045

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