This rare breed of cats is distinguished by curly hair, which is so soft that many compare it with astrakhan fur or velvet.
Cornish Rex is considered one of the most active breeds of cats, so be ready to become the owner of this playful fidget in advance.
Cornish Rex will certainly become the main reason for your carefree smile and frequent laughs. The cat's mobility and inexhaustible energy give it a resemblance to a perpetual motion machine, which was never invented, but in some incredible way found its way into this four-legged beauty. A Cornish Rex will get to the highest point, the most inaccessible corner of your apartment. Her nimble and surprisingly strong legs will get her there. Do not make a choose this breed if you like more independent and calm cats.
This breed is considered one of the most playful and active. Cornish Rex will never become a couch potato. They love to explore their territory, so they will not overlook either the rumble of dishes in the kitchen, the newspaper forgotten on the table, or the pigeon sitting on the windowsill.
The graceful body of the animal hides strong and well-developed muscles, which helps him get to the highest and most inaccessible corners of the apartment. Any object caught in the eyes of the Cornish is automatically regarded as a toy, so try not to keep fragile and especially valuable things in sight. Provide "protection" to even the most distant shelves and cabinets, and even better yet, distract the pet's attention with an abandoned ball or an interactive toy.
The uncontrollable affection of this breed to their master will force even the most callous person to let out a tear of tenderness. These cats can be very annoying, constantly spinning underfoot and making themselves heard with a gentle meow.
However, at the same time, the animal will subtly feel the mood of their owner and give them time alone if that's what they want.
In all other cases, you can not escape the fate of being in loved half to death. Butting, nibbling, licking, stomping are all within the range of caresses with they give their masters.
This breed gets along well with children, but do not feel the need to stay in their company for very long. Of course, the animal will not show aggression towards the child, however, it will prefer to hide from view as soon as they get a chance.
Cornish Rex is wary of strangers. Keeping distance is important for these animals. But as soon as the Corniche feels that there is no danger or threat emanating from the person, he will gladly allow himself to be stroked and even jump into his arms, saying something in a cat's tongue.
When starting a Rex as a pet, be prepared for the fact that he can not stand loneliness. Locked doors and your prolonged absence will force the animal to constantly meow and look for any opportunity to get rid of his accumulated energy, which, by the way, can bring unpleasant consequences. For this reason, try to leave the Cornish in the company of another animal, however, keep in mind that it can be jealous of other cats. It is also not recommended to leave them with birds because this will arouse hunting instincts in the animal.
The origin of the Cornish Rex breed is associated with the English Bodmin Moor Farm, which is located in Cornwall. It was in this place that the first officially registered representatives of the breed appeared in 1950. However, before that, kittens with curly hair also appeared. The first mention of cats with curly hair can be found in the book of Karel Troyan. The author mentions that in 1936 these unusual animals appeared in Czechoslovakia. However, all these cats were destroyed because they were recognized as sick with scab.
Later, in 1946, in a hospital in Berlin, visitors fed a kitten of a European short-haired cat, which had an unusual, wavy coat. In Germany at that time unrest reigned due to the recently ended war, therefore, special attention was not paid to the selection and consolidation of this interesting sign. That is why the priority in the cultivation of Cornish Rex was left for England.
The kittens born to a short-haired tortoiseshell cat named Serena with a white color were discovered by the owner of the farm Mrs. Nina Ennismore in 1950. There were 5 kittens in the litter, one of them had an unusual appearance. This kitten, which received the name Kallibunker, had hair not short and straight, like the rest of the kittens and mother, but curly. The coat was soft to the touch.
The kitten was red and white and, like the rest of the kittens, was completely healthy. At first, Nina thought that the hair of an unusual kitten has a curled appearance due to the fact that it has not dried out yet. But after drying, the fur not only did not straighten, but, on the contrary, became even more curly. The hostess took the kitten to the veterinarian to consult with him. The veterinarian suggested that the unusual appearance of the kitten is associated with the appearance of some rare mutation and advised Ennismore to seek the advice of the famous geneticist geneticist A.L. Yude. He confirmed that the appearance of an unusual animal is most likely the result of a mutation in his body.
The direct descendants of Kallibunker were exported from the UK to the United States of America, where the Cornish Rex breed was further developed.
Cornish Rex has two main lines of development: American and English proper.
The American branch originates from the granddaughter of the first Cornish Rex Kallibunker. Her name was La Morna Cove. This cat was mated in England with his father, but then exported to the United States of America. Descendants of La Morna Cove and gave rise to American Cornish Rex. To prevent the effects of closely related breeding and to increase the number of cats of this breed, La Morna Cove and her descendants were mated with Siamese cats.
It is this fact that explains that American Cornish Rex cats differ from English in a more slender and thin body, to which they owe the blood of Siamese cats. However, although American Cornish and partially have an admixture of Siamese blood, Siamese coloring for Cornish Rex was considered unacceptable for many years by the standard of the American Cat Association.
Unpretentious in care and therefore will not cause difficulties even for people without experience in keeping cats.
Silky and soft-touch fur is the main asset of the Cornish Rex breed. Despite the lack of a strong outer hair, it is firmly attached to the body and lies in uniform waves. Moreover, on the lower part of the chin, chest and abdomen of the cat, the hair is slightly shorter, but at the same time more curly. In Cornish Rex, as in many shorthair breeds, molting occurs quickly and inconspicuously.
An active Cornish Rex lifestyle is the main reason he is constantly hungry. It is highly recommended that you not overfeed your pet, as this breed is prone to obesity. A daily rate of an excellent quality food is more than enough. Moreover, from time to time it is necessary to dilute the diet of the animal with natural food. Ideally, you should adhere to a certain feeding regimen, otherwise the pet will beg for you a tidbit every now and then.
In the world of feline Cornish Rex, they are known as real intellectuals, so they can be easily taught, even as playful kittens.
As soon as the kitten crosses the threshold of your house with her paws, draw a clear line between what she can and cannot do, and adhere to this requirement throughout the life of the pet. At the same time, categorically it is not recommended to strictly punish Cornish for the slightest offense or raise your voice. To demonstrate discontent, it is enough to slap a newspaper on the floor near the animal, but in no case raise a hand to it. Otherwise, in the eyes of Cornish you will look like a threat, not a source of love and affection.
Armed with patience, you can easily teach this breed the basic "dog" commands: sit, lie, meow and even give a paw. Rex often learns to bring a ball or other toy to its owner. These cats are calm about walking on a harness and generally resemble dogs in their behavior.
Cornish Rex is a natural breed originating from a mutation. They are easily recognizable by its wavy marceled coat.
There is NO hypo-allergenic cat, but the Cornish is considered a good choice for people with allergies as they do not seem to aggravate them as much as other cats.
The "English" and the "Americans" types have slight differences in their appearance: for example, the former look more massive and large.
Many cats have a kind of cat independence. That is, if you pick them up, they will immediately begin to break free, thereby saying that they prefer an independent lifestyle. Cornish Rex kittens are deprived of this independence, so they will happily purr in your arms and rejoice at each arrival.
Almost all cats hate swimming in water, making bathing difficult. Cornish Rex kittens can calmly be in the water and never panic in it like other cats. In the beginning the cat will be afraid of water almost like everyone else, but then the Cornish Rex will begin to gradually get used to the water and understand that this water poses absolutely no danger to them.