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Devon Rex

The Devon Rex has a heart shaped face, large pointy ears and big, oval-shaped eyes.  Their coat is soft to the touch with short, loose shaggy curls like a mop or a thin suede like finish.  The Devon Rex has a less insulating coat which can mean he will feel cold if you are feeling cold.  They look for the warmest spots to curl up like heat vents, computer screens, televisions and next to your fridge.

The Devon’s favorite spot is on his owner’s shoulder where he is at head level to not miss out on anything that is taking place.  He refuses to be left out of any activity and he will surely be at your side waiting for that moment to jump up on your lap and have a good cuddle.  He loves the attention of people and will be great with kids and friends.

Devon Rex are known to be quite smart and their activity level is moderate to high.  They love puzzle toys and interactive games which will tact his brain and keep him busy.

They weigh anywhere between 5 to 10 pounds, they love to sneak a treat here and there so do make sure to keep an eye on how much food they intake.

This mix breed is generally healthy but have had varying incidents of health problems which can be genetic in nature.  The following diseases have been found in the breed:

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease found in some breeds like the Maine Coon.
  • Malassezia dermatitis is a yeast commonly found on the skin and ears of cats.  However, an abnormal overgrowth of the yeast can cause dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin. The exact reasons behind this disease are not yet known, but it has been linked to allergy and  possibly congenital (born with) and hormonal factors.
  • Congenital hypotrichosis, also known as hereditary baldness.

The Devon’s coat is easy to maintain, no brushing is required, passing of your hand to even out the coat will be sufficient.  Baths are only necessary if your cat gets dirty.  This breed is hypo-allergenic  so  perfect if you suffer from allergies.

Daily dental hygiene is best to prevent periodontal diseases.  Brushing the teeth once a week is better than nothing.

Wipe the corners of the eyes daily with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so you don’t run the risk of spreading any infection. Check the ears  weekly. If they look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a 50-50 mixture of cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the interior of the ear.
Keep litter box clean, as the Devon is very particular about bathroom hygiene.
Trim nails regularly, declawing is not recommended.  Invest in a scratching post to keep them away from your furniture.
The Devon Rex is best as an indoor-only cat, they can run the risk of being attacked by dogs and other animals.  If possible it’s best to have an outdoor enclosure large enough for him to be able to climb and play safely.

Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Short hair

As the name suggests, this exotic beauty has a lot of similarities to his Persian relative in looks with its round short-flattened face and large round eyes.  The main characteristic that stands out from the Persian is its baby kitten’s face.  The main difference between the Persian and the exotic is its coat.  The Persian has a long thick coat which requires daily combing and brushing, the exotic is quite the opposite where its coat is medium in length and is quite dense and plush with a thick undercoat.

The Exotic is medium built and may grow up to 15 pounds but is quite short and their legs remain close to the ground.  Both pedigreed and mixed breed cats have health problems due to their genetic nature, but exotics have a number of health problems due to their facial structure.  To name a few:

  • Breathing difficulty or noisy breathing caused by constricted nostrils
  • Excessive tearing
  • Seborrhea oleosa, a skin condition that causes itchiness, redness and hair loss
  • Polycystic kidney disease, for which a genetic test is available
  • Heat sensitivity
  • Dental Malocclusions (their teeth don’t mesh well together)

They are very playful but still loves to lounge around and just sit quietly and get a good petting.  They can keep themselves amused by finding objects around the house for e.g. a paper ball.  In general they are good with people but prefer their owners and they do well with children and cat-friendly dogs. The Exotic isn’t very vocal but when they do speak their tone is very soft and elegant.

Exotics doesn’t shed hair heavily so daily brushing is not required, once a week should suffice mainly to keep the exotic looking beautiful and to keep hairballs at a minimum.  A bath once a month should do.

Daily dental hygiene is best to prevent gum disease, but brushing the teeth once a week is still better than nothing.  As for the excessive tearing, wipe corner of eyes daily to prevent under-eye stains from forming.  Clean ears with a cotton ball or a soft damp cloth using a mixture of half cider vinegar and warm water.  Avoid using cotton swabs as this can cause damage to the interior of the ear.

Exotics are best kept as indoor cats, they are not known as the feisty type to defend themselves against predators and other dangers.

Egyptian Mau

The Egyptian Mau

The Egyptian Mau is a medium built sized cat, known for their smoked colour coat which comes in white, black or brown with black stripes and spots.  On their foreheads is a distinctive “M” shape and their round shaped eyes are brightly coloured.  Their faces are a slight round-wedged shape topped with medium to large sized ears.  Their hind legs are slightly longer than the front which gives them the appearance of tiptoeing on small feet.  The Egyptian Mau is usually mistaken for the Ocicat which have the same spots.

Egyptian Mau’s are very active and they love to play, they will keep you on the go so having lots of toys and a cat tree will be a good investment for him.  You can tell when he is happy, he will be vocalised and will flap his tail rapidly.  Another way of him showing his affection to his owner is by kneading his paws on you, because of this, frequent trimming of the claws are recommended.  Another unique trait about the Egyptian Mau is, they love to play in water…yes so don’t be surprised if you find a paw in your backyard pool or pond!

They are quite friendly but prefer their owners to anyone else.  If you have kids they will be ideal to play with and will have hours and hours of entertainment.

They weigh anywhere between 6 to 15 pounds and are a generally healthy breed.  But with most pedigreed and mixed breed cats there have been incidents of health related problems.

Daily dental Hygiene is best to prevent Gingivitis and other gum diseases. Combing or Brushing of the coat at least twice a week is required to remove dead hair and to distribute natural skin oils evenly. Clean ears with a cotton ball or a soft damp cloth using a mixture of half cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs as this can cause damage to the interior of the ear.

These cats are best if kept indoors, be sure to keep their litter box spotlessly clean as they are known to be very particular about their bathroom hygiene.

Abyssinian

Abyssinian

The Abyssinian is a well built medium sized cat. Each strand of hair on their coat is beautifully colored with contrasting light and dark bands. Their coat is silky smooth and they are just stunning to look at.

These beauties are full of energy and is no show cat. They will keep you on the go with their high spirit and natural curiosity. They have an independent mind but still love to be a part of everything you do by following you around and leaping on your lap when you least expect it.

They love to play so make sure to always have some toys and puzzles for their enjoyment and entertainment.  They do pretty well with kids but make sure to keep an eye on other pets such as dogs.

Abyssinians are generally healthy but are known to suffer from Amyloidosis (a renal disease) which is thought to be hereditary. They are also susceptible to tooth decay and Gingivitis so daily dental hygiene is recommended.

Regular brushing of the coat is required to evenly distribute natural skin oils and to massage the skin.

Clean ears with a cotton ball or a soft damp cloth using a mixture of half cider vinegar and half warm water.  Avoid using cotton swabs as this can cause damage to the interior of the ear.