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Cornish Rex Cat

Cornish Rex Cat

Hailing from Cornwall in England is the curly coated, big-eared, and mischievous Cornish Rex! 

A wavy coated kitten discovered in Cornwall, England in the 1950’s was the start of the Cornish Rex breed. 

With big ears and eyes, they are a unique looking cat that can come in any cat colour or pattern including colour points. They are a small to average sized cat and have a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years.


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Cat Breed Facts & Characteristics


Cornwall, United Kingdom, 1950’s

Also known as 



3 to 6kgs 


All cat colours and patterns 

Life expectancy

10 to 13 years 


Short, wavy (rexed), non-shedding


Sociable, playful, cheeky 

Exercise requirements


Best suited for 

Households with time to give them plenty of company

Apartment Friendly



Cornish Rex are athletic and sociable. They don’t tend to be very vocal and get along well with people and other pets if introduced early.  Because of their athletic nature, it is necessary to provide them with plenty of toys and cat trees for them to climb on and scratch. They generally enjoy companionship and can become lonely if left for long periods of time. They may therefore be better suited to a household where someone is home to keep them company, or perhaps adopting two could be a way to ensure they have suitable company if you are out a lot. They are well suited to apartment living if they are given plenty to keep them occupied. Keeping your Cornish Rex cat indoors or in a cat friendly enclosure helps keep them safe from roads, other cats, snakes as well as helps to keep local wildlife safe. 


The coat is very soft and wavy as it has no guard hairs and it doesn’t shed. They don’t need a lot of grooming, but a gentle brushing once or twice a week helps keep the skin and coat healthy. The hairs are delicate however, so being gentle is key. Keeping up with yearlong parasite control will help keep your Cornish Rex tick and flea free.  


When choosing a food for your Cornish Rex, select a premium food appropriate to your cats age and life stage. Follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size to help avoid obesity and ensure your fur baby gets appropriate nutrition. Always ensure your Cornish Rex cat has a constant supply of fresh water available and consider providing them with a water fountain, as many cats prefer to drink moving water.

Common Health Concerns 

The five most common reasons for a Cornish Rex to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits like vaccinations) according to PetSure claims data from 2016 to 2020, included urinary tract problems including urinary tract infections, diabetes, and pancreatitis.  



Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)


Traumatic accidents 




Urinary tract problems, including infections and obstruction















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With a curious and active nature, traumatic accidents were ranked as the top reason for a Cornish Rex to visit the vet from 2016 to 2020. It may be possible to lower the risk of your Cornish Rex from having a traumatic accident by keeping them indoors or in a cat safe enclosure. 

Most popular Cornish Rex names

According to PetSure data from 2016 to 2020, the most popular names for Cornish Rex cats were:

Most popular names

  1. Luna
  2. Charlie
  3. Bella
  4. Coco
  5. Archie
  6. Frankie
  7. Ruby
  8. Max
  9. Daisy
  10. Buddy

Most popular female names

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Coco
  4. Daisy
  5. Ruby
  6. Molly
  7. Lola
  8. Nala
  9. Rosie
  10. Millie

Most popular male names

  1. Charlie
  2. Archie
  3. Max
  4. Buddy
  5. Milo
  6. Ollie
  7. Teddy
  8. Alfie
  9. Leo
  10. Winston

Did you know?

Although they look similar, the Devon Rex is not actually related to the Cornish Rex and attempts to breed them together result in kittens with straight fur. 

Where can I get a Cornish Rex cat?

If you are looking for a feline companion, shelters generally have many beautiful cats looking for loving homes. It may be possible to find a Cornish Rex through a breed specific rescue. But check out your local animal shelter or rescue organisation where you may just find your perfect kitten or cat! 


  1. Cattime.com, Cornish Rex, Accessed on 09/03/2021
  2. The Cat Fanciers Association, The Cornish Rex, Accessed on 09/03/2021

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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