Cornish Rex Cats 101
The Cornish Rex cat is a study in contrasts. Its fine, delicate-looking bones give the impression of a fragile animal, but the Cornish Rex is generally very playful and active, even behaving (and sometimes looking) more like a dog than a cat. Its whip-like tail and large, pointed ears have earned it comparisons to dog breeds like the whippet, and the Cornish Rex is happy to accommodate with its fondness for games like fetch and catch. How did this striking breed develop? What is it like as a pet? And where on Earth did it get such a distinct appearance?
The First Cornish Rex
Physical Traits of the Cornish Rex
Personality Traits of the Cornish Rex
Cornish Rex Facts:
- Learns quickly and can be taught tricks and games like fetch and catch.
- Is usually fairly quiet and has a soft, sweet meow.
- Affectionate and usually happy to accept a cuddle.
- Develops strong attachments to its human family and will follow them around the house.
- Its long toes and adept paws are well-suited to opening drawers and cabinet doors, and its intelligence means if it sees you hide something in a cupboard, it's probably going to figure out a way to get the door open.
- Its short, thin coat makes the breed particularly vulnerable to sunburn, so the cats must be kept from spending too much time outdoors or in direct sunlight.
- That same short coat also means the cat gets chilled easily, so consider a small pet sweater during cold weather to keep your feline friend nice and toasty.
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