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A Cat with the Look of an Extraterrestrial and
Very Short but Unusually Silky, Curly Coat

Cornish Rex Kittens For Sale

With looks that belie this cat’s strength and stamina, the Cornish Rex appears to be frail and delicate. Nothing could be further from the truth. This cat appears very fragile because of its minimal coat of extremely soft, short, curly hair which accentuates its skeletal frame. However, the Cornish Rex is a well-coordinated, athletic breed capable of impressive acrobatics, speed and endurance. Its unusual appearance is the result of a natural genetic mutation.

The Cornish Rex is an unusual breed of domestic cat with no hair at all except for a thin, downy layer. The coats of most cat breeds are a blending of three different types of fur: the outer fur or "guard hairs"; a middle layer called the "awn hair"; and the down hair or undercoat, which is generally very fine and very short. The Cornish Rex has only the undercoat.

The soft, fine awn hairs that make up the Cornish coat form a tight uniform wavy texture that lies close to the skin. The wavy awn coat extends from the top of the head, down across the back, sides, and hips, and continues to the tip of the long, slinky tail. The Cornish Rex is often compared to a washboard in appearance, but like cashmere to touch, with an incredibly soft and silky essence. The curls even extend to their whiskers, which are crimped like a corkscrew.

The Cornish Rex’s very large, tall ears and soft, big, oval eyes blend into the egg-shaped head, completing the appearance of a space alien of sorts. While the body seems emaciated and bony, it is actually very powerful and muscular. Its light coat is best suited for indoor living in warm and dry conditions. Since it maintains a body temperature slightly higher than that of most cats (102º F), it tends to seek places of warmth which might include electronic devices and other comfortable settings like your lap or your neck.

The Cornish Rex may be described as resembling a Greyhound or a Whippet, because of the sleek appearance and the galloping run that is characteristic of the breed. These cats tend to stay playful and kitten-like throughout their entire long lives. Some Cornish Rex cats are enthusiastic about participation in games of fetch, racing other pets, and performing impressive gymnastic gyrations. Precious objects perched on high shelves are never safe from this inquisitive, frisky feline.

The Cornish Rex is an adventurous, intelligent cat who is motivated by its ever-prevalent curiosity. Exploration is its hobby and its heart’s desire, whether in the company of other pets, children or its favorite adults. Driven by mischief as much as by culinary appreciation, this cat makes no bones about attempts to steal a taste of your dinner in a game of social interaction at the most inopportune time!

Not fond of long hours of isolation, it is best to always provide a chaperone for this cat in the hopes of keeping it happy and out of trouble.

The Cornish Rex is a genetic mutation that first originated with a litter of kittens born in the 1950s on a farm in Cornwall, UK. One of the kittens, a cream-colored male named Kallibunker, had an extremely unusual, fine, curly coat and, instead of possessing a cobby body like his litter-mates and mother, Kallibunker’s body was long and lithe. He also displayed large ears, a slender tail, and a unusual wedge-shaped head. Kallibunker became the first Cornish Rex. His owner then backcrossed Kallibunker to his mother to produce two other curly-coated kittens.

An interesting side-note: using the word "Rex" to imply curly or otherwise unusual fur originates from an occasion when King Albert I of Belgium entered some curly-haired rabbits in a rabbit show. They did not meet the breed standards, but the show's officials did not wish to risk offending the king by rejecting them. So they accepted them, but wrote "Rex" – Latin for "king" – beside their names.

Two Cornish Rexes arrived in America in 1957, by courtesy of fancier Fran Blancheri. One died shortly after arrival, but the other, LaMorna Cove, who was pregnant by Poldhu (one of the kittens sired by Kallibunker), survived and produced a Rex litter. LaMorna and family became the foundation cats for the Cornish Rex breed in America.

As a result of breeders’ outcrossing to Siamese, Havana Browns, American Shorthairs and Domestic Shorthairs, genetic diversity was achieved, presenting a wide selection of colors and patterns. Outcrossing has since been disallowed because there is now enough diversity within the breed itself to keep the breed healthy. The CFA accepted the Cornish Rex for Championship in 1964, and all the North American registries now accept the Cornish Rex.

The Devon Rex looks similar in appearance to the Cornish Rex, but the Devon Rex mutation is different from the Cornish Rex mutation, in that the Devon has shortened guard hairs, while the Cornish Rex lacks guard hairs altogether. Crosses between Devon and Cornish Rexes are prohibited in pedigrees, and matings between them will not generate offspring with short wavy fur.

Despite some belief to the contrary, the Cornish Rex's short hair does not necessarily make it non- or hypo-allergenic. Allergic reactions from cats are not the result of hair length. The true culprit is a glyco-protein known as Fel d1, produced in the sebaceous glands of the skin, saliva, and urine. Most people with cat allergies are reacting to this protein in cat saliva and dander. When the cat cleans its fur, the saliva dries and is transformed into dust, which people then breathe in.

Since Cornish Rex cats groom as much as or even more than ordinary cats, a Cornish Rex cat can still produce a reaction in people who are allergic to cats. However, it is widely reported to cause lesser to little allergic reaction, as is also the case with the Devon Rex. It is highly recommended that potential owners visit catteries to test their own allergic reactions. Note that for more serious allergies, there are several breeds theorized to lack or produce less of the offending protein, such as the Balinese, Oriental Shorthair, Javanese, Sphynx and Siberian.

The Cornish Rex requires little grooming, although they have a tendency to produce an oily discharge in the ears and around the toes. Weekly bathing is recommended, especially if human allergies are an issue. Females, on average, weigh between five and seven pounds, while males weigh eight to ten pounds. Cornish Rex (and other Rex breeds) are vulnerable to potentially deadly side effects from certain anesthetics. The average life span of this unusual cat is 11-15 years but legend has it that one cat lived to be 37!