Routine Care: Cornish Rexes need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.
Grooming: Their short coats require little maintenance. Frequent rubdowns with a soft cloth or your hands, with only an occasional bath.
Dental: Cornish Rexes have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Check ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Cornish Rexes are intelligent, playful, and sociable; making them an energetic and fun companion.
May remain playful as a kitten throughout her life
Playful and energetic
Good with children and other pets
Requires minimal grooming
Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks
Very talkative, has an opinion about everything
An indoor cat that doesn’t do well in the heat
Can become chilled in cold weather
People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time
Whether you are considering adding a new Cornish Rex to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Cornish Rex will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Cornish Rex you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Cornish Rex could encounter:
Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus
Vitamin K-Dependent Coagulopathy
The first Cornish Rex was discovered in Cornwall, England in 1950, distinguishing itself from its barn cat littermates with its slender body, large ears, and curly coat. The greyhound of the cat world, C-rexes look fragile but are actually quite sturdy and athletic. They keep their playful, kitten-like traits well into adulthood, and enjoy close contact with humans. Rexes are well suited to indoor living, and don’t tolerate temperature extremes very well due to their short coat. Cornish Rexes are active and lively participants in their families.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Cornish Rex shows signs of the following:
Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness
Abnormal bleeding or bruising
Lack of response to noises
Bunny hopping, reluctance to jump when playing
Progressive hair loss in kittens