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"Dharma’s Devon Rex Fact Sheet"

In order to truly appreciate the unique appearance of the Devon Rex you must first set aside your idea of what a cat should look like. In 1960 in Devonshire, England a marvelous mutant gene caused a British barn cat to create the true pixie. Low set, oversized ears (always able to hear you), an elfin face, big alert, impish eyes (so they will always see you), a hard but small muscular body (all the better to chase you with), coated in a wonderful short, wavy and soft as velvet fur that hardly sheds. This all houses a people loving, madcap personality with attitude.

Kittens are born with rows of waves and ringlets that molt away at about 8 weeks of age. The juvenile coat comes in slowly and is replaced by the adult coat at about 1 year of age. Most breeders suggest giving devon rex kittens a killed vaccine instead of modified live so as to not compromise the immune system.

Devons do not behave like other cats. They are a like a cat, dog and monkey rolled into one personality. Devons never sit on a window and stare looking elegant and bored. Devons are seldom elegant and never bored. They prefer to ride on your shoulder, sit on your lap or trot not walk beside you. Devons never meander they trot purposely because they know where they are going and what they are going to do when they get there. They must help you in every activity, they help you cook and they help you eat it. All your preconceived ideas of what a cat eats will be thrown out the window as these cats like many things such as bananas, carrots, potatoes, grapes and just about anything they can steal or be offered. You will have their assistance in the shower or bath, at the computer they are in the way and try to be helpful. They insist on greeting every caller at the door. They open cupboards, refrigerators and closets. They steal your pens, jewelry and other items. Mischief is the name of the game and Devons get into mischief. Like Star Trek Voyageurs they think that "no territory should be left unexplored".

Devons have loving personalities, following you and retrieving whatever toy you choose to throw. They wag their tails when happy, which is almost all the time. Devons chat in chirps, chortles and trills and purring can run into the double digits in decibels.

Devons are almost non-shedding, thus being hypoallergenic. Devons bring new meaning to the wash and wear. A quick shampoo, a light rinse, a little hug in a warm towel and throw cat over your shoulder to dry.

Devons are not large cats and the females tend to weigh about 6 pounds with males about 7 or 8 pounds.

Most of all Devons love chaos and enjoy a busy home of humans, dogs, cats, and parrots whatever. The Devon Rex is a very very busy cat and if you do not want a busy cat this is not the breed for you.

For a Dharma Devon Rex you may email us at clickerkitty@yahoo.ca or phone Ros at 1(289)928-0848

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Devon Rex General Care

Housetraining or Litter Box training:

I recommend that while house training you put the litter box in its permanent spot and put his food and water dish nearby. Pick up a couple of tinfoil lasange pans and put litter in them. Put these pans in the rooms you spend the most time in as the kitten will want to be with you. Each day move the litter pans a couple of feet closer to where the permanent litter pan is. When these temporary pans are in the room with the permanent pan toss them away into the garbage. Should take no more then 2 weeks, depending on how large your home it until the job is accomplished. Although the kittens are litter trained it is very hard for a little kitten in a new home to find his way from the 3rd floor to the laundry room in the basement, so this just makes for no mistakes on the kittens part. No Milk this will cause diarrhea.

Sleeping:

Your kitten may cry at night if you shut your bedroom door. Expect to be sleeping with your kitten.

Feeding:

Leave food and water available to your kitten at all times. Devon Rex are busy cats and have a higher metabolism, which results in large appetites. This food is generally burned off rapidly. A high fat diet is usually suggested due to the higher metabolism, but should be supervised so they don’t eat too much & become fat. If gaining too much weight either give cats less or feed a lite food with lower fat & calorie count.

Safety:

Do not be surprised if your kitten joins you in the shower or tub and likes it. Make sure all toilet seats are down. Before starting laundry make sure the Kitten is not in the washer/dryer etc. Kittens are very curious and are into everything.

Travel:

Get a cat crate for travel with your kitten. You will use this the rest of your cats life. The crate is very useful you can attach a safety seatbelt through the handle of the carrier in your vehicle while traveling.

Grooming:

You may bath your kitten occasionally with a hypo allergenic shampoo. I recommend the use of Advantage or Frontline if you have a dog and there is a possibility of fleas brought in by the dog. Please talk to your vet about heartworm preventative. If you do the baths now when your cat is a kitten, your cat will be used to the procedure. The larger ears on the Devon make them vulnerable to dust building up in them so the ears should be checked & cleaned regularly. The devon rex's coat provides little insulation so they may appear like they are running a temperature but devon rex have the same body temperature as all cats. Through their coat you will feel the heat more. They often sense when you have pain and will try and lie on you in that area. They make great little nurses.

Training:

You may begin to teach your cat to come, sit, stay, no, spin, retrieve, beg and to walk on a leash. Make it fun cats respond to positive reinforcement and treats. Cats are now being shown in previously knows dog sport called agility. Devon Rex excel at this.

Vaccinations:

Devon Rex kittens are known to have a poor immune system, so many breeders prefer to have their vet give a "killed vaccine" instead of "modified live" to their kittens. You may want to make arrangements with your vet to have "killed vaccine" on hand for your kitten Once the kitten is a adult cat, 1 year old your vet may proceed with "modified live or killed vaccine".

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HOW TO KITTEN PROOF YOUR HOUSE:

Keep electrical wires out of reach.

Chocolate can be dangerous and is toxic to pets.

Never give turkey, chicken or rib bones as a treat, they splinter and cause serious injury.

Cleaning agents, bleach, ammonia, disinfectants, drain cleaner, oven cleaner, paint, gasoline, rat poison, keep locked up.

Pets are attracted to the sweet odor of antifreeze, do not let your cat drink from puddles.

Killer house plants, lilies, philodendron, dieffenbachia, elephant ear, eucalyptus, spider plants, azalea, ivy , amaryllis, pyracantha, oleander, boxwood, Jerusalem Cherry, holly, mistletoe and plant bulbs are some of the poisonous variety.

Plastic bags are not a toys. Cats can get trapped.

Hot irons, coffee pots, and space heaters are hazards to Devons.

Keep covers on hot tubs, toilets & washing machines.

Cats will try to eat Christmas decorations, tinsel or play with glass ornaments. Devons will try to climb your christmas tree so a great option is to tie it to the wall.

Always use a fireplace screen as Devon's are facinated by fire.

Precautions must be used on a balcony, so your pet does not accidently jump or fall.

Carefully examine toys so that pieces cannot be choked on or swallowed, cigarette butts, rubber band, balloons, sewing needles, thread, string, ribbons and even socks and pantyhose often must come out via surgery.

If you have any questions, progress reports or pictures please by all means contact us..

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