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Cornish Rex


Overview of Cornish Rex

With their crushed velvet coats, lean build and high cheekbones, the looks of the Cornish Rex are very elegant and almost model-like, which could be why people like fashion designer Michael Kors adores this breed! These cats may look ancient, but they first appeared on the scene in the 1950s in Cornwall, England. Caused by a spontaneous mutation, Cornish Rex kittens were born with short, soft curly hair while lacking the two outer protective layers typical in most cat fur. With their naturally arched back, bat-like ears and oval eyes, the Cornish Rex cat looks somewhat alien - but in a good way!

Fun fact: One Cornish Rex reportedly lived to be 37 years old!

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Cornish Rex

Heart disease in cats:

The Cornish Rex can suffer from several kinds of heart disease such as mitral valve disease - a condition where the mitral valve deteriorates over time and blood may leak back into the left atrium causing a heart murmur.

Recommendations for Heart disease in cats in Cornish Rex Cats:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Cornish Rex

Luxating patella in cats:

Is a condition in which one or both knee caps are unstable and occasionally slip out of place. This can cause lameness and pain as your kitty grows older.

Recommendations for Luxating patella in cats in Cornish Rex Cats:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Cornish Rex

Cat hair loss:

May be linked to hypotrichosis - a recessive genetic defect found in several purebred cat breeds, including the Cornish Rex. This disease causes thinning of fur or bald patches, which tend to develop around the torso and head. Hypotrichosis is not painful, but special attention needs to be taken to protect your kitty’s skin.

Recommendations for Cat hair loss in Cornish Rex Cats:



Cornish Rex kittens are very expressive, energetic and talkative kitties who love to play even well into their golden years. Due to their lack of a protective outer coat, they will need to be bathed weekly to remove excess oil buildup. As their coat offers little protection from the sun, be careful not to let your Cornish Rex bask outdoors for too long. They should be strictly indoor kitties and may be susceptible to fur loss. A Cornish Rex cat have less hair than most other kitties, so they may be a good choice for allergy sufferers. If you’re on the lookout for a super soft, kitty with an elegant walk and the personality of a playful pup, you may want to bring home a Cornish Rex!

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