cornish rex breed information

common health issues

Follicular dysplasia is a condition in which there is abnormal hair growth. The hair may be subject to color change, breakage, abnormal retention or decreased growth rates. Follicular dysplasia typically presents as pattern baldness. The condition can be diagnosed on biopsy, but there is no treatment for this largely cosmetic condition.
Just like in the dog, feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart walls become thickened, making it difficult for the heart to pump properly. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can lead to congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, and blood clots. Symptoms include heart murmurs and coughing, but sudden death can occur with no clinical signs.

The Cornish Rex breed originated in 1950 on a farm in Cornwall, England, when a litter of kittens with one very unusual member was born there. Named Kallibunker, the standout of the litter had very fine, curly hair. His owner decided to use Kallibunker as the start of the breed we now know as the Cornish Rex.

A Cornish Rex cat is instantly recognizable, not only for his unusually fine, curly fur, but also for his alien-like appearance. Large ears sit atop a hollow face with a roman nose, giving this sleek cat quite a striking look. Because of his short fur, he are prone to hypothermia, so adequate precautions should be taken to keep him warm, especially in the colder months.

Cornish Rex cats are intelligent and engaging. They tend to retain the playfulness of their kittenhood until well into their golden years. They are great hunters, so providing a safe, non-escapable outdoor environment for play and hunting practice is helpful. If this is not possible, it is key to provide plenty of mental and physical stimulation to an indoor-only Cornish Rex.

Playfulness aside, Cornish Rexes are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – and your family’s vacation fund. Some of the conditions and illnesses Cornish Rexes are prone to include heart problems such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; and coat problems such as follicular dysplasia.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Cornish Rex inherits anything more than a curly coat, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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