Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted May 07, 2014
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first agreed to foster a Cornish Rex from a local cat rescue. They were weird looking, somewhat like fuzzy aliens. I’ve since had the pleasure of fostering or working with several more of these unique felines, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. These are fantastic cats!
Many people divide themselves into cat people or dog people. Cornish Rexes have merged the best qualities of both into one pet, luckily! Their outgoing nature is the largest part of their appeal. They're extremely easy to take care of, as they don't need a lot of grooming, and they really don't shed beyond a few hairs here and there. Care for conversation? Rexes are more than happy to give you their opinion on the weather, their breakfast, and what they think of the new furniture arrangement. They're curious, clever, and love interaction, though I find that they definitely prefer to initiate cuddles on their own terms.
Don't forget that being slim, active and keen for play, they need quite a lot of one-on-one interaction. They're easy to train, though, and your cat (and you) could have a ball with tricks like jumping through hoops, sit pretty, and even cat agility. I've had success at training simple behaviors with a clicker and some tuna flakes. You might even make your dog-owning friends jealous!