With its prominent ears and bulging, wide-set eyes, the Devon Rex truly is a breed apart.
The name derives in part from its “rexed” coat, which produces curlicues and ridges, and is to some extent hypoallergenic.
Devon Rexes are highly sociable and respond particularly well to training, though they are not so needy that they can’t be left alone.
Their vocalizations are few and muted, but they tend to have a loud purr compared to other cat breeds.
Should you Purchase Pet Insurance for your Devon Rex Cat?
Devon Rex usually lives for 10 to 15 years. A number of health issues seem to arise more frequently than average in these cats:
- Feline Cardiomyopathy: all cats are at risk for cardiomyopathy, which is a term that encompasses four related conditions in which the muscles of the heart become weakened or fail to function properly. Left untreated, cardiomyopathy often leads to heart failure and death. The condition is diagnosed based on a veterinarian’s examination for heart murmurs and other cardiac abnormalities. Treatment usually involves the administration of drugs that help to restore the heart’s normal rhythm.
- Patellar Luxation: the kneecap (patella) of some cats may become dislodged, causing pain and restricted movement. In severe cases, surgery may be required to re-position the affected bone and connective tissue.
- Urticaria Pigmentosa: sometimes called “Devon bumps,” this condition causes crusty sores to form all over the body, which causes great discomfort for the cat and is unpleasant for the owner. The condition may result from a lack of essential fatty acids in the diet, food allergies, parasites or fungal or bacterial infections. Treatment usually requires oral and topical medicines and a modified diet.
The breeding responsible for producing such a visually striking cat has also left the Devon Rex somewhat more prone to these kinds of conditions than other cats.
Responsible owners will know the facts about their cat’s health in advance and will make sure that they can afford whatever treatment their cat may need.
For many, the answer is pet health insurance for your cat.