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Devon Rex

A genetic mutation created the big-eared, curly-coated bundle of fun that is the Devon Rex. 

A curly-coated kitten discovered in Devon, England in the 1950’s was the start of the Devon Rex breed. Thought to be related to the Cornish Rex, DNA testing showed that they were distinctly different, and the Devon Rex coat was the result of a genetic mutation. 

They can come in any cat colour or pattern including colour points. They are an average-sized cat and have a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.

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Cat Breed Facts & Characteristics

Origin

Devon, United Kingdom, 1950’s

Size 

20 to 30cms, 3 to 5.5kgs 

Weight Range

3 to 5.5kgs 

Colours

All cat colours and patterns including points 

Life expectancy

10 to 15 years 

Coat

Short, curly (rexed)  

Temperament 

Playful, friendly, mischievous

Exercise requirements

High -  enjoy playing, very sociable

Best suited for 

Households with time to give them plenty of company. 

Apartment Friendly

Yes 

Personality

Devon Rex are famous for their outgoing personalities and love of human company. They make a great choice for families with children and tend to get along well with other pets.  If left alone they may get lonely and become destructive. Playing and climbing are pastimes that Devon Rex cats love well into adulthood, so make sure you’ve got plenty of cat toys available and get ready to enjoy play time with your Devon Rex. Keep your Devon Rex safe by housing them indoors or in a suitable cat friendly enclosure.

Grooming 

The coat is short and easy to maintain. 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 Devon Rex tick and flea free.  

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Devon Rex, select a premium cat 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 Devon 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 Devon Rex is susceptible to skin problems such as infections and allergies. Check the skin and coat regularly and monitor for signs of redness, discharge and scratching. If you are concerned your cat might have a skin problem, contact your Vet for advice.

According to PetSure data from 2019, the five most common reasons for a Devon Rex cat to visit the vet (excluding for routine visits like vaccinations) are as follows: 

Rank

Condition

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

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

1

Skin conditions (infection/allergy)

$250

$1,941

2

Gastrointestinal disease

$386

$3,911

3

Respiratory conditions (such as feline asthma, respiratory infections)

 

$5,102

4

Immune mediated conditions (including haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopenia)

$446

$2,871

5

Eye conditions – (including uveitis, corneal ulcers and conjunctivitis)

$171

$869

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Devon Rex names

According to PetSure data from 2019, the post popular names for Devon Rex cats were:

  1. Bear
  2. Leroy
  3. Monty
  4. Ruby
  5. Albert
  6. Bindi
  7. Charlie
  8. Cookie
  9. Dusty
  10. Felix 

Most popular female names

  1. Ruby
  2. Bindi
  3. Lexi
  4. Luna
  5. Maya
  6. Mimi
  7. Minnie
  8. Piper
  9. Rosie
  10. Lily

Most popular male names

  1. Bear
  2. Leroy
  3. Monty
  4. Albert
  5. Charlie
  6. Cookie
  7. Dusty
  8. Felix
  9. Jasper
  10. Luca

Did you know?

Devon Rex cats often have very short and curly whiskers! Some have no whiskers at all.  

Where can I get a Devon Rex cat?

Your local animal shelter or rescue organisation is the best place to look for a cat as shelters generally have many cats looking for loving homes. It may be possible to find a Devon Rex through a breed specific rescue. 

References

  1. The Cat Fanciers Association, Elfin Magic, The Devon Rex, Accessed on 17/11/20
  2. Wikipedia, Devon Rex, Accessed on 17/11/20
  3. Cattime.com, Devon Rex, Accessed on 17/11/20

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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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