The German Rex, with their unusual curly coat and whiskers, is the result of a natural genetic mutation. They’re very similar to the Cornish Rex in coat and personality, and share the Cornish’s clownish nature and sociability, but the two breeds have separate origins. The original German Rex was, unsurprisingly, German: a curly-coated black cat that turned up in the garden of a German hospital. This original German Rex was named “Lammchen”, which means “little lamb” in German, and referred to the novel texture and wave of the cat’s coat.
Though some Rex breeds are rumored to be hypoallergenic, no such cat exists, and since allergic reactions are usually caused by saliva and dander, not fur, it is unlikely that the German Rex’s sparse coat grants any advantages to those allergic. Because the German Rex has less hair to absorb oils, they may require more human intervention in the form of wipe-downs and baths to help them stay clean. It’s possible that because the Rex breeds are frequently bathed, there is less dander and saliva present to provoke allergic reactions. None-the-less, a potential owner should spend some time with a German Rex before choosing this breed for that reason.
Appearance / health:
The German Rex is a medium-sized cat with a muscular build, long and somewhat thin legs, and a medium length tail. They have a rounded head, full cheeks, and medium-to-large ear, rounded at the tip. The eyes are medium and round, but wide-opened. The most distinct part of the German Rex is their unusual short, curly coat. There are no guard hairs which give the German Rex’s coat an additional soft and velvety texture. In addition to their wavy curls, the German Rex’s whiskers are also curled.
The German Rex comes in all recognized coat colors and patterns, though chocolate, lilac, and colorpoint varieties are not accepted by all cat associations.
Behavior / temperament:
The German Rex is a highly social, outgoing, and enthusiastic cat. They love to play, entertaining themselves for hours, throwing toys through the air, skidding down halls, and otherwise clowning around. They are acrobatic and nimble, making impressive leaps in pursuit of toys and bugs. Curious and intelligent, they like to be involved in everything, and they’ll explore your home from top to bottom.
The German Rex will not be content if left alone for long periods of time. They thrive on companionship, and like to be the center of attention. They’ll happily befriend children as playmates, and make wonderful family pets. When the German Rex finally wears themselves out, they make a happy lap cat.
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Rid Your Cat of Hairballs
It is a well-known fact that most cats do not drink large amounts of water. When examining their urine, we find they concentrate their urine greatly- confirmation of smaller amounts of water intake. When pets take larger amounts of water, they produce more urine that is more dilute. In order to encourage water intake, some owners feed only wet (canned) cat foods. There is more water in canned food than dried kibble, thus increasing the water intake. Other owners may elect to add a small amount of salt to the diet. This can increase the thirst and therefore increase the amount of water taken. Another option may require some investigative work. Owners observe their pets closely, I have discovered. They find their cat's water intake preferences. These include fresh water during the day, use of fountains for water intake or faucets. Some cats only like to drink outdoor and some only indoor. There are challenges with each pet. Finding a great way to increase water intake helps moisten the stool in the end and therefore helps prevent constipation - a goal for every cat owner. .
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Physical exam before beginning treatment
A comprehensive physical exam is a must before beginning any treatment for a "behavior problem." Any sudden changes in your cats behavior may indicate an underlying medical problem. Your veterinarian will do a complete physical exam to check for any obvious signs of pain or injury. Also, they will check a temperature to ensure there is no fever. Another important indicator is checking the weight of your pet. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain may indicate an underlying metabolic disorder. Based on their physical exam, the vet may recommend bloodwork as well to check the kidney, liver, and thyroid functions of your cat. They may also need this information before starting medication for your cat as a baseline, so that the values can be monitored if your pet is on behavior-altering medications long term. .
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