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Devon Rex

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Size: Small to Medium
Lifespan: Medium (8 to 12 years)
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The Devon Rex is not your typical cat-this unique breed with a short, curly coat and pointy ears has been dubbed everything from a Keebler Elf to a "poodle cat;" however, it's hard for anyone to deny their cuteness. Their origin can be traced back to a single cat, appropriately named Kirlee, who was born in 1960 to a large, curly-haired tomcat in Devon, England. In the U.S., the Devon Rex is still relatively new and rare, but owners of these cats rave that their pets are sweet, adaptable, entertaining, and most of all, lovable. Although they are sometimes said to have a mischievous side, the Devon Rex equally loves playing and sitting on laps, making them a perfect pet for kids, seniors, and anyone who has enough love and time to give (but be careful if you live in a small apartment-the Devon Rex needs room to explore!) These cats can also be good for those with allergies, as many allergy-prone owners seem to tolerate the hair of the Devon Rex.

General Care

The Devon Rex has an appetite twice as large as its size, so monitoring your pet's food intake is important. And, while the cat's coat requires minimal grooming to stay healthy, their toenails and ears should be checked regularly for wax buildup. Crossbreeding has eliminated most health problems for the Rex, who lives an average of 8 to 12 years. As always, check with your veterinarian with any questions you have about the health or care of your cat, and be sure to keep up with regular vaccinations.

For more information about Devon Rex cat ownership and care, check out Devon Rex Rescue League.

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