Selkirk Rex and Lambkin kittens
What's Included: which includes spay/neuter, FIV/FELV negative, microchip, health certificate, 1 year congenital guarantee, 4 year HCM guarantee, negative fecal, two rounds of distemper vaccines, registration papers to REFR or TICA upon request, 1 month of free health insurance, and life time breeder assistance
A ridiculously amusing cat with a punk-rock hairdo, the Selkirk Rex differs from the other Rex breeds who have minimal or no hair in comparison. This cat’s funny look stems from its fat rounded head and innocently frowning expression in combination with its curly, spiky hair that looks like it stuck its paw in the electrical socket! But like a fat teddy bear or a homely stuffed animal, the Selkirk Rex is endearingly lovable, a cat you just want to hug with all your might!
Available as both longhair or shorthair, this cat’s coat is fuller and more sumptuous than the also curly LaPerm cat. A result of a dominant gene in a natural reproductive process, this cat’s origins trace back to 1987 when a pregnant American cat produced a curly-coated kitten unique among all cats. Unlike the recessive genes responsible for the lack of hair in the Devon Rex and the Cornish Rex, the Selkirk Rex gene allows birth of both straight- and curly-coated kittens in the same litter.
As large as the British Shorthair, the Selkirk Rex is a sturdy cat with a soft, wooly coat that is reminiscent of a sheep. The development of this breed has had contributions from American Shorthairs, Persians, Himalayans, Exotic Shorthairs, and British Shorthairs. TICA (The International Cat Association) accepted this breed in 1992; the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) in 1998; and the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) in 2000.
With such a dense, somewhat messy-looking coat, you can expect liberal shedding from this cat. Those with allergic sensitivity to cat dander should probably avoid this breed.
A full array of colors characterize this cat including those with points, bicolors, sepia tones and types of albinism.
Curly whiskers at birth will predict which kittens will retain curly coats through maturity although the coat will keep you guessing as it fluctuates between curly and straight as the cat ages. By two years old, the final coat should be evident but may again straighten a bit as the cat gets older.
As much as you want to hug this cat, so too does the cat want to reciprocate with generous affection. A blend of the reserved nature of the British Shorthair, the amicable traits of the Persian and the friskiness of the Exotic Shorthair, this easy-to-please cat relishes your participation in its fun and games. Leaving your Selkirk Rex home alone for long periods will result in one lugubrious cat so it is recommended that if you must work all day that you preserve this cat’s happy personality with the companionship of another cat, preferably another Selkirk Rex.
A perfect cat for cute animal aficionados like your children, the Selkirk Rex is an immediate hit for the whole family including other pets. Guard your cat’s safety by restricting it to life inside your home where your wise inclusion of a scratching post will protect your beloved furniture.
A very healthy, resilient cat breed, medical issues are fairly nonexistent for this pet. As long as you monitor ear cleanliness and possible inner ear irritation from the curly hair, this cat will live a long, happy life.
Regardless of whether you adopt a longhaired or a shorthaired version of this cat, if you want to maintain maximum curliness, brushing the coat should be kept to a minimum. Since some Selkirks tend to self-lubricate, shampooing the coat occasionally may be beneficial for best hygiene. Contrary to some unsolicited wisecracks about your apparent failure to neaten up this cat’s messy appearance, because the curls do not knot, this cat’s coat is easy to groom.
While this cat may not take top prize for glamour in a beauty pageant, it will surely win your heart over with a unique feline experience sure to rival the best life has to offer.
Barron’s Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds, J. Anne Holgren