devon rex breed information

common health issues

This rare immune-mediated disease occurs in newborn kittens. When kittens with Type A blood nurse from a mother with type B blood, antibodies from the mother attach to the kitten's red blood cells and cause them to be destroyed, leading to anemia (low red blood cells). Affected kittens are born healthy, but fail to thrive.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a reaction to infection with feline coronavirus. This complicated disease has no reliable test or treatment and has a 100% mortality rate. Signs are vague and include fever, weight loss with decreased appetite, and a pot-bellied appearance. FIP has an increased incidence in Birmans.

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.

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

In 1959 in Devonshire, England, an odd-looking kitten with big ears and curly hair was born. Named “Kirlee”, he became the forefather of the entire breed of Devon Rexes. Because the breed is so young, it is carefully cross bred with American and British Shorthair cats to enlarge the Devon Rex gene pool.

The Devon Rex is a mid-sized cat, with hair coat ranging from loose waves to curls. Their large, low set ears and cute pixie-like face combine to give them a look that is irresistible. The Devon Rex is a breed that requires a patient owner with a good sense of humor, as they are incurably curious and mischievous. Their short hair coat makes them heat seekers, and you may wake up in the morning to find them cuddling with you under the covers. They are highly social and enjoy the company of their families, and even while they are driving you nuts, they are stealing your heart.

While they are a relatively new breed, Devon Rexes are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Devon Rexes are prone to include immune-mediated diseases such as neonatal isoerythrolysis; infections such as feline infectious peritonitis; hip problems such as hip dysplasia; knee issues such as patellar luxation; and heart troubles such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Devon Rex has the misfortune of inheriting more than just a good sense of humor, you’re covered.

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

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