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Cornish Rex

CornishRex

Playful and Energetic

Clever, Energetic, Extroverted

Cornish Rexes are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Cornish Rexes, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Cornish Rex and some can be quite irritating!

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Body:Small to medium, slender, muscular Coat:Short, soft, silky

Length of fur
2

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
5

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

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.

Positive Traits:

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

Negative Traits:

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:

Heart Disease

Blood Type

Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

Vitamin K-Dependent Coagulopathy

FIP Susceptibility

Deafness

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

  • Care

    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!

  • Characteristics

    Cornish Rexes are intelligent, playful, and sociable; making them an energetic and fun companion.

    Positive Traits:

    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

    Negative Traits:

    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



  • Health Concerns

    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:

    Heart Disease

    Blood Type

    Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

    Vitamin K-Dependent Coagulopathy

    FIP Susceptibility

    Deafness

  • History

    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.

  • Watch Out For

    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

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