Devon Rex is an amazing cat breed with an extraordinary exterior and unique coat texture. Despite the low prevalence among Russian breeders, this breed is distinguished by a calm, peaceful and inquisitive character, and also does not require special care efforts. The article will discuss in detail the description and maintenance of Devon Rex cats, as well as give advice and recommendations on feeding and breeding these pets.
The historical homeland of these extraordinary cats is the county of Devonshire in the territory of South-West England. Around the 1960s, a cat with an amazing appearance for that time was seen in these lands. The animal managed to escape from people due to its extraordinary speed, but the female, who traveled with him, was taken to the farm. In the near future, she lambed, and among the kittens there was one unusual dark baby with short and curly hair.
The cat was named Kirly, and his owner decided that he was a representative of a rare breed of Cornish Rex. Kittens of animals had approximately the same exterior, profile and long thin legs. With the maturation of the cat, the owner had the idea to start breeding the breed, but mating the pet with her relatives did not give any result. They were still the most ordinary cats without the cherished curls in the hairline and big ears.
At this time, there was a real crisis among the whole breed of rexes – there were fewer and fewer individuals, and few breeders wanted to acquire them. However, several breeders have managed to keep the varieties. Crossing Kirli with these representatives did not give any results, however, in the course of breeding research with an ordinary domestic cat, kittens soon appeared with the desired type of coat, eyes and ears.
Only in the second half of the 20th century, Devons acted as a full-fledged breed (in the USA), and already in 1972, individual individuals won champion status. High performance and official recognition did their job – Devon Rex began to appear more often in homes and nurseries, many American and British families became interested in them. The population of these cats is negligible today due to low fertility and many flaws in born individuals. Large nurseries regularly decide to cross individuals of this species with others in order to preserve the whole variety of Devons.
With all their physique, Devon Rex resemble noble leopards. In fact, this breed is the result of selection of numerous varieties of cats.
To date, there is a certain standard for the external characteristics of this breed of cats. You can check it out below.
- The average weight of a healthy animal is usually between 3.2 and 4.5 kilograms. Males often weigh slightly more than cats.
- The average height at the withers is up to 35 cm. However, some prefer to measure this breed precisely in length, taking into account the size of the limbs.
- Colors in color. There are completely different shades, but purebred Devons are considered to be monophonic individuals: black, white, whitish, brown. The most common variegated colors are tortie, Siamese and golden red.
- Average life expectancy. Under ideal conditions, the average Devon Rex can live 14-16 years.
We give a detailed description of the external characteristics and exterior of the breed.
- The head is a wedge-shaped triangular type with well-defined cheekbones and a clear pinch. If we look at the head in profile, then a stop will be clearly visible (or a sharp transition from the forehead to the back of the nose or muzzle). The skull itself is of a flat type, but the transition from the nose to the forehead is smooth and rounded.
- Muzzle. Short, but strongly stands out from the rest of the profile. The mustache pads are noticeable, the chin is large, slightly rounded.
- Eyeballs. The eyes are unusually large, set wide, round in shape. The iris is often bluish, golden, green, or ashen in color, dark and white colors occur. It is believed that there is a relationship between eye color and coat color in the Devon Rex, however, the iris should in any case be clear and not cloudy.
- Ears. Thin, covered with a small layer of wool, set low, the base almost borders on the line of the superciliary spirit. The tips of the ears are rounded, the auricles look forward with the inside. Tassels on the tips are usually absent, but may be found in mixed breeds.
- Torso. Strong, powerful, but not particularly thick and short. The chest is wide, the limbs are long, elastic and powerful. The front legs are usually slightly shorter than the hind legs, which allows the animal to make large jumps in length and height.
- Mustache and eyebrows. Practically undeveloped and imperceptible, short.
- Limbs. Despite the great length, the paws of this breed are thin, and the pads are extremely small, usually rounded. The tail is long, covered with a uniform, but thin layer of hair. Pointed at the end.
- Neck. Long but thin. In adult cats, it is characterized by small leathery folds along the larynx.
- Hair cover. Contrary to popular belief, Devons have very dense, curly hair covering all parts of their bodies. An exception may be the ears, chest and neck, where the hairline is usually a little less. If an individual has bald parts of the body or bald patches, most likely she has health problems. It is also necessary to be able to distinguish the difference between fine hair and color, in breeds with a dark color, the coat always seems thicker.
It is worth pointing out the main positive and negative points noted by experienced Devon breeders.
Let’s start with the positives.
- Bright and extraordinary appearance, which will be remembered by each of your guests.
- Despite the thin hairline, they have good and good health, rarely get sick.
- An ideal option for lovers of active cats who are with you all the time, and do not sit somewhere in the corner or sleep all day.
- Extraordinary intelligence, excellent mental abilities and a predisposition to learning and training.
- Remarkably treats children, the breed is not prone to jealousy. Gets along well with other pets.
- Love for cleanliness, because of which he often likes to lick himself.
- The breed is considered by some to be hypoallergenic, however, this is not the case. Due to the short hairline, it leaves behind very little hair and rarely sheds, which reduces the risk of developing allergic reactions in the owners. It is thanks to the short coat that it does not require much care.
Some disadvantages are also noted.
- It is extremely difficult to endure parting with the owner. An ordinary Devon can fall into a real depression with a long absence of the owner of the house. That is why the breed is not advised to start people with a tight schedule and a small amount of free time.
- Excessive activity, which leads to damage to home furniture and other unstable things. At an early age, he likes to gnaw on all the wires and fabrics that come his way, and also a Devon who is not trained in manners will spoil where he pleases.
- Without constant stress and entertainment, he feels oppressed. Needs lots of games, tunnels, balls and shelving to rest. The love of jumping, as well as extreme curiosity, can lead to injuries in a pet. Try to wean him from jumping on cabinets and tall chests of drawers.
- The breed is considered rare in Russia and the CIS, and therefore it is expensive, and it can be difficult to find healthy individuals.
Despite all their advantages and disadvantages, Devons are still considered exclusive cats that rare breeders decide to acquire.
The rarity, grace and natural beauty of the breed did not develop any aggressive or arrogant character in the Devons. Everything is quite the opposite, such cats do not tolerate loneliness and try with all their might to attract the attention of the owner. The devotion and affection of this species to humans is sometimes compared to that of dogs.
This cat will always be with you. As soon as you get home, he will meet you and will be quite rubbing at your feet. When you go to the kitchen, he will follow you with his tail, but in anticipation of not food, but approval and affection. When you rest, he will sit on your hands, on your knees, or even try to climb onto your shoulders. This is an incredibly sociable cat breed.
Let us consider in more detail the qualities of representatives of this breed.
- Activity. From birth to old age, the Devons are incredible fidgets. They poke their noses everywhere, they care about everything. They never get tired, rarely rest, and generally behave like real children.
- Socialization. Love of human companionship, patience with children and loyalty to other pets puts this breed far above other cats. In addition, the Devon is not one of those cats that, at the sight of new people in the apartment, will simply run away and hide under the sofa. They will do their best to get to know each other and attract attention.
- Empathy. Despite their activity, Devons remarkably feel the state of the owner and are prone to empathy. At the same time, if the owner is angry or very tired, they will understand this, and will not bother.
- Learnability. In favorable conditions of complete trust of the cat and the owner, Devons show remarkable results in training, they can learn up to a dozen tricks in a lifetime.
- Dangerous Adventures. The increased activity of Devons makes them tired quickly, so cats need food very often. The need for additional nutrition leads to theft of food directly from the owner’s plate or to the search for edible food throughout the apartment. This can lead to damage to property or poisoning (if the cat eats some kind of crust of bread or part of an old fruit).
As already mentioned, most Devon Rex live on average up to 14-16 years, however, there are cases when individuals lived up to 20. Life expectancy also depends heavily on heredity, as well as on the conditions of detention themselves.
The main factors affecting the lifespan of the Devon Rex are several points.
- The quality of care and care for the pet, the conditions of detention.
- Regularity, variety and quality of food.
- The general psychological state of the animal. Intimidated, aggressive and dissatisfied individuals live much less.
- Heredity – when buying a Devon, you should check his documents, as well as the documents of his parents to identify rare hereditary diseases.
- Socialization. Communication is an important factor of life for the Devons; in the absence of owners for a long time, it is prone to depressive disorders and imminent death.
- Climate and territory.
It is recommended to start in regions with moderate humidity and an average temperature of at least +22 degrees Celsius in the summer.
This breed does not have any specific standard for coat color. In the course of selection, breeders use a huge amount of genetic material from different breeds to identify unique colors and shades. The main condition in crossing is the preservation of the texture of wool in the form of short and dense curls. There are both white, black, brown individuals with a solid color, and cats with bicolor and variegated coat color. The most common color options will be listed below.
- Siamese colors. Suggests white or gray hair on the chest, back and belly, along the limbs and on the head. However, it is distinguished by characteristic brown spots on the muzzle and nose, as well as dark paws and ears. The tail is usually the same color as the muzzle.
- Cinnamon. Honey or soft brown shade with indistinct dark tiger stripes all over the body and limbs. The chest and ears are several shades lighter, the nose and muzzle, on the contrary, are darker.
- Point. Gray or pale color all over body. From the ridge begins an indistinct wide dark line that goes all the way to the tail. The tail is covered with black and white stripes on the outside, mostly dark on the inside. The same applies to the inside and outside of the limbs and paws. On the muzzle, characteristic darkening along the nose and eye line is visible.
- Bicolor. It is characterized by two dominant colors with a sharp contrast – most often these are white and black spots along the entire body. The back is usually dark, the chest is lighter with occasional spots. The muzzle and the outer side of the limbs are also most often light.
- Tabby. It resembles the color of cinnamon, however, in the light, the hair is cast with a specific red or light chocolate shade. The tail is covered with black-brown stripes, the inside of the limbs is dark, the legs themselves are light. Above the eyes in the region of the superciliary ridges, distinctive thin black vertical stripes can be seen.
- Turtle color. Variegated and discontinuous color, which includes four separate tones at once: black, brown, white and yellowish. As a rule, the shades are arranged as random spots all over the body, including the tail, limbs and breast.
- Black. Color with strict dominance of dark and black shades. Dark wool covers the entire body of the pet, there are no light zones.
Conditions of detention
Most owners are afraid to get Devon Rex because of the difficult conditions of detention. This myth has developed due to the external similarity of the animal with the sphinx, which, indeed, requires special care. Devons are much less picky about food and place of residence, the main thing is to love a pet – this will be the best remedy for all adversities for him.
Let’s deal with some recommendations and conditions for caring for this breed. Most of the advice will be about general cat care, so it won’t be difficult or impossible for most owners.
Regular care should include several mandatory actions.
- The washing up. Most domestic cats do not need frequent bathing – water damages the skin, can get into the ears and cause suppuration and irritation, and they prefer to wash themselves. This rule also applies to Devon Rex – a thin layer of wool does not get dirty so quickly and almost does not lose its appearance. Ideally, these cats should be bathed no more than a couple of times a year. The optimum water temperature should be around +38 degrees, do not allow moisture to get into the ears, eyes and nose.
After bathing, you do not need to wipe the cat, the hairline is quite short to dry quickly on its own.
- Ear care. Due to their large size and upright position, large amounts of dirt regularly accumulate in the ears of Devons. Experienced breeders prefer to brush every day to reduce the risk of inflammation. In this case, cotton wool or special swabs for cleaning the ears are used. The pet is unlikely to like this procedure, especially if you do it clumsily, so it is advisable to take it up with some kind of game, treat, or just stroke and tell something while cleaning.
- Eye prevention. Devon eyes are very large and delicate, since the Devon himself loves an active lifestyle, they almost always remain open. That is why some of the diseases of these cats are associated with the eyes.
Eyes should be washed from time to time using special drops. Try to immediately get rid of dried mucus in the corners of the animal’s eyes – it can cause irritation and redness.
- claws. Starting from adolescence, claws actively grow in young Devons. As a rule, they grind off from games and entertainment, and the pet itself often likes to gnaw them on its own. However, already adults or elderly individuals may not care about claws, which even cause them discomfort. In this case, it is worth using special tweezers.
- Teeth and oral cavity. Not all owners resort to brushing their teeth, but this does not make it less useful. Just like humans, Devons can develop caries and accumulate food debris in their teeth. In this case, there is a chance of sharp bones or other elements falling into the gaps between the teeth of the animal. For regular cleaning, you will need a special paste and a toothbrush, if you don’t have time for this, it’s worth examining the cat’s mouth at least once every couple of weeks for suppuration or bad teeth.
- Hair care. Most of all the worries of any cat owner is to care for the animal’s coat: combing, checking for the presence of fleas, cleaning excess and shed hair. Devons have very little wool, and the shedding excess is unlikely to cause much trouble.
- Vaccinations. Do not forget about regular vaccination sessions – this will save your pet from many dangerous diseases.
It is also worth understanding the conditions in which a competent breeder will properly equip his apartment for such an exotic and active pet as the Devon Rex. Understand that a new space for such cats is always an adventure. Do not try to wean an adult pet to go to some place or not to jump somewhere – this species will follow its goal to the end until it gets a bump on it.
But also remember that your hopes to protect a certain place in the apartment from this cat, whether it be a pantry or a balcony, will end in complete failure.
The following recommendations will help you not only protect your pet from all potential domestic threats, but also from him.
- Remove as much as possible from open places all small things, as well as equipment that can be easily damaged. These things include: cables from the TV, chargers from the phone, ordinary shoelaces, threads and needles, a remote control. All of these things have the potential to harm your animal, which, when learning something new, completely turns off the instinct for self-preservation.
- There should not be any liquids or household chemicals (washing powders, bleaches and conditioners) in an open place. This also applies to first aid kits, various mixtures from pests, ointments and creams. With all this, the Devon Rex can easily get poisoned, as, indeed, any cat.
- It will be in your best interest to remove all decorative elements from shelves, chests of drawers and cabinets that can easily fall, break or break. These are, for example, vases, racks, frames, books, lawns. The adventures of the Devon Rex are nothing without climbing and active hide-and-seek, especially on high ground, because of which all these things can be seriously harmed.
- Either completely remove or replace ordinary curtains with blinds – Devons simply love to climb on them, which is why even the most durable curtains and tulle can turn into real rags.
- Their unique parkour abilities and curiosity make the Devon Rex a potential victim of open windows and balconies. Despite the fact that a cat can endure a fall from the 2nd or 3rd floor without pain, it would be better to protect yourself and not leave the windows open.
Personal items for the Devon Rex should include several items that you need to purchase even before buying the pet itself.
- Shelving, house or any other place convenient for the cat. There should not be other pets or one of the owners. The Devon should have his own personal space, into which no one but him could get into. The house or couch should be placed in a well-lit place, where one of the owners would always be (this is a very important point). These cats love warmth – after all, their fur coat is not thick enough to withstand frost, so choose a place near the heating elements and make sure that there are no drafts there.
- When Devons are hungry, they can easily turn over all your prepared food and water bowls. Therefore, avoid buying light polymer models – it is better to turn to metal or ceramic options.
- All your pet’s toilet chores should take place from the very first day in only one specific place. If this is some kind of room, then try to always keep the doors open there so that the pet has round-the-clock access there. You can choose any filler, but avoid products with a sharp and specific smell (such a smell will drown out the excrement, but will also scare the cat away).
- Device for grooming and cutting nails, cotton swabs for ears, massage brushes.
- You should take care of carrying – especially if you are going camping in winter. The carrier should be large enough for the animal to feel comfortable there, should have direct access to the air, as well as insulated walls.
- Buy a scratching post or an object where the animal could knead its paws and grind off regrown claws. This thing can be found in any pet store, often the design of the scratching post includes balls for games, a lounger, or even the house itself.
- Not a day without entertainment – immediately stock up on a large number of different toys that your pet will play with during leisure hours. Toys should be given sequentially – a large amount of entertainment disorients the pet, and they themselves can soon get bored with prolonged contact. Tunnels, various passages or special shelves will also be a good addition, because Devons are born climbers.
What to feed?
The process of feeding these cats cannot be called complicated; with due patience, even an amateur breeder can handle it. There are 3 types of feeding these pets: natural food, prepared food and mixtures, combined option. Features, pros and cons of each type will be discussed below.
Prepared food or mix
In this case, you need to regularly buy certain foods in the store, it should be specialized food for cats of a fairly high quality – Devon can be dismissive of low-grade cat food. Feeds can be either dry or canned or mixed, the choice will depend on the price and usefulness of the individual feed.
The advantages of such food are obvious.
- These feeds are pre-balanced, they do not need to add any other vitamins. Quality food contains all the necessary elements for a young Devonian.
- As a rule, dry food can be stored for months in the right packaging and in a dry place. As for mixtures and canned food, they are sold in vacuum packages and can also not deteriorate for a long time in the refrigerator or freezer.
- You don’t have to worry about this kind of food. You just pour the next portion of food for your animal and you know that it will be useful for him.
Cons of dry food and canned food also exist.
- Even wholesale regular purchase of quality feed will greatly affect your wallet.
- Devon Rex need variety not only in terms of entertainment, but also in food. Disposable food over time can simply get bored of them, which will lead to health problems.
- Manufacturers of such feeds usually recommend a certain amount of feed per meal. The problem with such food is that it may not be enough for a certain individual – for kittens, pregnant females or elderly cats. At the same time, even slight overeating can lead to obesity and problems with the gastrointestinal tract.
The method involves the inclusion in the diet of only natural food or food prepared by the owner of the pet personally. This includes meat with a low percentage of fat, offal (necessarily boiled), salads from boiled vegetables, cereals (buckwheat, rice). Occasionally, you can add fermented milk products (cheese, cottage cheese, kefir), eggs and fish (preferably sea) to the diet.
Natural food has several advantages.
- If you are a skilled cook and know how to properly handle even a small amount of food, then this method will be cheaper for you. You yourself monitor the quality of the products provided, their freshness and cooking conditions.
- In such a diet, it is very easy to diversify the diet on your own. You can add some vegetables or fruits to the serving if you are sure that the pet needs certain vitamins.
As a rule, cats treat natural food with more respect and less suspicion. As they say, fresh meat is meat, to the detriment of dry food, which must be tasted to make sure it tastes good.
But there are also disadvantages of such feeding.
- Difficulty balancing vitamins and calories. The more foods in a serving, the more carefully it is worth calculating the ratio of proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
- Cooking natural food will certainly take you a lot of time. And if in the first time after buying a pet you can easily stretch on enthusiasm alone, in the future, preparing such food will become something of an unpleasant duty.
- Natural food is much less stored. Such food should be given immediately after preparation, so that all the nutrients do not disappear.
Even if you perfectly select the entire composition in accordance with the proper nutrition of the cat, it will lack what is usually found in ready-made foods – vitamins and minerals.
Here the secret is to alternate prepared foods and canned food with natural food, but avoid feeding different foods in one serving. The ideal option would be to serve ready-made food in the morning – to gain energy for the next day, and postpone the supply of natural food to the evening so that all natural elements are absorbed during rest and sleep.
The advantages of such a scheme:
- less waste of time and money;
- easier to choose a balanced diet;
- a constant variety of food, because of which it cannot bother the pet.
Given all of the above, you should follow the general rules for feeding cats.
- Use only fresh and quality products.
- Do not give your pet food from your table, especially pickled, salted or fried foods. The body of cats is not adapted to the processing of food in this form.
- In the open access of the pet should always be clean water. This applies primarily to those cats whose diet consists mostly of dry food.
- For feeding, you should choose a strictly defined time so that the cat’s body gets used to the feeding schedule.
- Wash dishes and bowls regularly, otherwise the old food will spoil, which threatens the pet with poisoning.
Unfortunately, breeding this breed at home is not an easy task. Initially, the Devons were created by mutation, and the first individuals interbred exclusively with their relatives, which had a bad effect on the preservation of the gene pool.
New individuals had fragile immunity and often died at a young age from neurological pathologies and diseases of the muscular system. After the selection of completely healthy individuals, a painstaking selection process began, which does not stop to this day.
By the standards of other breeds, the Devon Rex is an extremely young emerging variety. Many positive qualities inherent in this breed were borrowed from the genome of other breeds. Thereby preserving the general appearance of the animal and adding more perfect qualities, the variety we know now was created.
Devons are now bred from British and American Shorthair breeds. The main problem in breeding this species is the incompatibility of blood types in mother and kittens. There are 3 well-known blood types in domestic cats: A, B, AB. The blood type depends primarily on the distribution area and the origin of the breed itself. Most often, animals with blood type B are found – in Devon Rex it is about 50% of all individuals, respectively, about 40-50% of individuals of group A. Blood type AB is extremely rare, so few people take it into account when breeding.
The fact is that blood type A is dominant, and when parents are mated with A- and B-type, cubs of blood type A are always born (if both parents are of type B, then kittens will only be with B-type blood). Blood type per se has no effect on the health of the young, but there is a common problem of maternal incompatibility with type B blood with A-type pups. The problem is that the cat’s body produces special antibodies that are designed to suppress the cells of the A-type cubs. At the time of the conception of the fetus until the very birth, these antibodies do not enter the placenta, which means that healthy babies are born.
In the first few days after giving birth, the cat, along with milk, secretes the so-called colostrum, or primary milk. If you allow the cubs to the mother these days for feeding, then there is a great chance that their body simply cannot cope with so many dangerous cat antibodies. There are cases when kittens are born that are resistant to these antibodies, but these cases are rather an exception to the rule – young animals develop a special immunity to antibodies. One Devon Rex litter can contain up to 5 kittens, which means that approximately one kitten from them will be resistant to these antibodies. Breeders believe that the percentage of mortality in a litter increases with the frequency of matings of the same incompatible parents.
To avoid such mortality among the litter, some breeders recommend immediately weaning newborn kittens from their mothers. However, this has its downsides.
- Mother’s milk contains all the elements necessary for growth and development, a person, even with all the desire, will not be able to fully balance nutrition like such food.
- A cat will experience tremendous depression if you take away her kittens. This can lead to serious disorders and diseases.
Proper care of newborn kittens is not possible for every breeder. These should be ideal conditions for maintenance and care, which are especially important in the first months of life.
Devon Rex are fully strengthened by three months, during which time their spine is formed, muscle tissue is strengthened, and the work of the digestive and cardiovascular systems is getting better.
Since you are unlikely to be able to sell Devon Rex kittens before the age of three months, you should take care of their education. Many breeders are interested in the question of the nature of the animal, its socialization and activity, because somewhere they will become real family members.
The established rules in your apartment should be outlined from the very first days, they may include a number of settings.
- Areas closed to the public in the apartment should be immediately marked. If this is some kind of room, close the doors there, preventing the animal from entering there. If this is a work or kitchen table with a lot of food and delicate items, remove the animal as soon as the Devon climbs onto it. Weaning from the kitchen table and stealing food will not be easy. Try to feed the animal more often before you go to breakfast or dinner yourself.
- The easiest way to teach young animals to the toilet is if the cat in the house already has its own separate latrine. Young kittens look for such a place by the smell of their mother, so it is worth putting some of the litter from the cat’s litter box into the kitten’s own litter box. The kitten will not be able to get used to this place immediately, in the first weeks, and sometimes even months, you will have to guide the pet yourself.
- Almost from birth, claws begin to actively grow in kittens, which can interfere with movement or climbing. To get rid of discomfort, cats tear up furniture and interior items. Immediately take your pet to the scratching post, and to make sure that this toy is as convenient for sharpening as your fabric sofa, just run it with a paw over the surface of the accessory.
- A very important point in raising young kittens is teaching them hygiene. First of all, this applies to cleaning the ears, eyes, cutting nails, washing. Before the procedure, the animal should be calm, it is best to do this in the evening, then the activity of cats decreases significantly. Hygiene items should not be stored in a specific place, they should always be visible so that the pet is not afraid of them. During the procedure itself, talk more with the cat, praise him and calm him down. You can give him some small treat from time to time so that the pet is distracted. A calm environment without stress and aggression will lead to the fact that the kitten will get used to such procedures as something for granted, but safe.
- Few owners like to take their cats outside, where the animals can feel a lot of stress (especially if you have never taken him outside before). If you want your pet to have a chance to unwind and frolic on fresh grass, you should accustom him to a leash and a collar. Without them, you should not let the cat go outside, out of curiosity or fright, the Devon can rush in any direction and just get lost. This is especially dangerous in the winter season, when even a couple of hours of frosty air can have a catastrophic effect on the Devonian organism. And in general, it is better not to walk this breed without blankets in winter.
- In education, avoid the use of rude words, criticisms and other expressions with vivid expression. These animals respond to negativity only with negativity and will grow up to be aggressive, angry and vengeful animals. The same goes for physical violence. Try to approach parenting through the method of encouragement. For each trick done – a treat, brought slippers – a yummy, responded to his nickname – even a simple affectionate word will show the cat that you are happy with him.
Despite the relative underdevelopment of the breed itself, Devons have simply excellent health and rarely get sick with something. The most common diseases in Devons are common feline diseases. But there are also some hereditary diseases that can seriously affect the life of a pet. You will find them below.
- Congenital hypotrichosis. In other words – ordinary baldness, which this breed inherited from sphinxes. Baldness most often speaks of a non-purebred individual, but if it is local, then most likely it concerns health problems and a lack of vitamins.
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Pathological changes in the cardiovascular system. Detecting the disease at an early stage allows you to determine the right treatment, in which the animal lives a long life.
- Myopathy. It is both hereditary and acquired disease due to improper metabolism in the body. With it, a certain part of the muscles in the body ceases to function, and over time completely refuses to work. It can affect either one part of the body or limb, or the whole body. It is rare, but it cannot be cured in the last stages, which is why many Devons die from this disease.
- Dysplasia of the hip joint. In other words, it is a disease of bones and cartilaginous tissues. It is very difficult to determine, the primary symptoms are easily confused with the fatigue of the animal. As a rule, it is determined already after reaching the age of six months by experienced veterinarians. In the early stages, it is possible to cure.
- Coagulopathy is a disease in which the processes of blood clotting are disturbed. Appears from malnutrition and lack of vitamins in the feed.
- Obesity and pathology of the gastrointestinal tract. It occurs due to an irregular and unhealthy diet. Weight gain puts more stress on the heart and other organs. In addition, skin diseases are possible.
- Malassezia dermatitis is almost the same as alopecia, but is characterized by hair loss against the background of rashes and itching. It is treated in the same way – by modifying the diet for proper and balanced nutrition.
Do not forget to regularly vaccinate your pet and do preventive procedures to cleanse the body of parasites. The first vaccination should be carried out already at the age of 3-4 months, then revaccination should be carried out – already after reaching the year.
Due to their extraordinary appearance, the Devon Rex deserve the same extravagant and unusual name. Here, the imagination of the owners is absolutely unlimited, but there are still certain recommendations when choosing nicknames for cats.
- The nickname should be moderately short. Cats do not remember complex and long phrases, even in training they respond to strictly defined short commands: up, to me, stand, somersault. If your cat’s name is intricate or difficult to pronounce in the documents, just shorten it to a variant that you yourself can easily pronounce and remember.
- The name should be sonorous and loud. Despite the fact that Devons react favorably to hissing and whistling sounds, the best option would be to choose a nickname with hard and loud consonants: k, h, c, d, g.
It is worth accustoming to a nickname from childhood, when you started raising a baby. The sooner the pet gets used to his name, the easier it will be for him to establish contact with the owner.
In their small homeland, the names and nicknames of the Devon Rex are associated with several aspects: the territory of birth, associations with a famous historical or literary figure, associations with sheep due to the non-standard texture of wool. Below you can find a list of the most common Devon names in the UK.
- Nicknames associated with the territory. In Devonshire itself, many old and even ancient estates and castles with bizarre and non-standard names have been preserved. To distinguish their pet from others, English breeders prefer to call their pets by the following names: Podham, Totnes, Compton and Holdon and Pomera. All these are the names of eminent castles and territories known to everyone within the boundaries of modern England.
- Few people know the attraction of the famous writer Arthur Conan Doyle to this English county. It was in these swamps that the mysterious Hound of the Baskervilles lived. That is why you can associate the nickname of your pet with this wonderful detective story. The names Barymore, Laura and Beryl would be appropriate here.
- Francis Drake, a world-famous navigator who, according to the records, had fiery red hair (which is why the nickname Drake is ideal for an animal with a red or crimson color), was born from famous historical figures in Devonshire. If your Devon is very fond of purring bizarre melodies, then you can name him after Chris Martin, the lead singer of the famous rock band Coldplay, who was also born in these lands.
- Associations with English transliteration of names. For example, for noisy, active and curious pets, the nicknames Noisy (curious), Bizar (extraordinary, unusual), Light (light, light, graceful) and Brave (bold, brave, fast) are suitable.
If you don’t like any of these names (which is no wonder, because they are not typical for a Russian breeder), you can come up with it yourself. When choosing a nickname, several factors are taken into account.
- Purebred breed. If your Devon Rex has wonderful documents and certified parents with good performance at shows, it may be worth calling it a noble and sonorous name: Earl, Lord, Lady, Lady, Duke, Prince (and derivatives of these names).
- The color of the breed also plays a significant role in choosing a name for a pet. For dark pets, nicknames are suitable: Black, Dusk, Night, Bagheera. For light ones, they may suit: Diamond, Snowball, Albus, Cloud, Gray, Dew. If you have a pet with multi-colored coat, then think about universal or colorful names like Fire or Dawn, Rainbow, Tortilla.
- Character. Already at a young age, Devons begin to be active in moral terms, it is thanks to such features as restlessness, calmness or playfulness that names are often given. For active pets, pick up fast and sonorous names: Lightning, Whirlwind, Buyan, Fidget, Tramp.
- Ears. Often the basis for inventing names for this breed were fantastic and fantasy stories and writings with elves, wizards and monsters (due to the unusually large ears of this breed). Good names in this case may be: Legolas, Haldir, Elrond, Penlod, Galion (boys). For girls, names are suitable: Arwen, Anaire, Aredel.
- Any other associations with animals, plants, natural phenomena, famous people: Caesar, Chamomile, Leopard, Grad. Here, the choice already depends on the owner himself and his hobbies, as well as on certain events that contributed to the birth or upbringing of a pet.
This is just a list of the most common names in Russia and the CIS.
Most experienced owners of the positive traits of this breed indicate extreme activity, curiosity, desire for communication and friendliness towards the owner and his family. And also many note excellent health and resistance to many colds and viral diseases.
Of the negative and negative traits, breeders do not like stubbornness and importunity, excessive obtrusiveness of some individuals, as well as the habit of Devons to constantly poke their nose everywhere.
Whatever it was, but most families prefer to bypass this breed. The most common arguments:
- such cats are expensive;
- their extraordinary appearance does not seem to everyone successful and pleasant;
- the breed is extremely difficult in terms of breeding and demanding on the experience of the owner.
About the Devon Rex cat: description, care and maintenance of the breed, see the following video.