Cornish Rex Cats & Kittens for Sale

The Cornish Rex breed is a relative newcomer to the cat world. These unusual felines first occurred in the 1950s. This cat breed have a distinct fine and curly coat. Today, these cats are adored by families for their energetic playfulness and affectionate natures. 

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Meet the Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex is a slender, long-limbed breed with an ovoid head, large ears, and a slim tail. Their large eyes are rounded and set far apart on the head. This breed is also known for its high, prominent cheekbones and narrow muzzle. Cornish Rex cats have a ‘Roman nose’ which is approximately a third of the length of the head. Unlike most other cat breeds, the whiskers of the Cornish Rex are crinkled in appearance, rather than long and straight, which makes them a bit more brittle. It is not uncommon for the whiskers of this breed to break off every so often due to their fragility. The eyebrows may also be crinkled.

The Cornish Rex is a small to medium-sized breed with males reaching weights of up to 4.5kg. Females tend to be slightly smaller, reaching weights of up to 3.6kg. Their short curly coats lie extremely close to the body and are velvety to the touch. This unusual coat structure is the result of a recessive gene that must be carried by both parents for a Cornish Rex kitten to be born. Cornish Rex cats come in a wide range of colours, including solid, pattered, bi-colour, and pointed varieties. Their eyes also come in a range of colours including golden, green, and blue.

Cornish Rex Temperament

The Cornish Rex is a highly energetic and playful breed that loves to be involved in all family activities, whether you are playing a game, working, or cooking! These cats are also known to have a mischievous streak if they don’t get the attention they require. Due to their high intelligence, Cornish Rexes have been known to quickly learn how to open cupboards, and can even learn how to open food tins to help themselves to the treats inside! For this reason, Cornish Rex cats should be provided with plenty of puzzle toys and exercise opportunities to keep their brains active. They love to learn tricks and respond well to clicker training. These cats also readily accept a harness and leash which means you can take them outside for some environmental stimulation safely and securely. Cornish Rex cats are agile jumpers and love to be up high, so consider purchasing a range of cat trees and cat shelves to keep your kitty occupied and to prevent him from becoming overweight.

Cornish Rex cats are incredibly affectionate towards their owners and get along well with children of all ages. They love to be the centre of attention so will happily be the entertainer at parties – performing tricks and silly antics in front of anyone, as long as they are showered with the love and affection they crave. Cornish Rex cats have also been known to get along with other pets, including dogs and other cats. However, you will need to ensure that your other pets are just as active as your Cornish Rex, otherwise, you may find that he gets himself into trouble!

10 Reasons to add a Cornish Rex to your Family

1. They are affectionate: Cornish Rexes are highly social cats that are known to be incredibly dog-like in temperament. They love to be around people and enjoy interacting with family members and strangers alike.

2. They are easy to train: These highly intelligent cats love the mental stimulation that comes with learning new tricks and commands. They particularly enjoy playing fetch!

3. Their clown-like natures: Cornish Rex cats are endearing, energetic clowns that will constantly entertain you with their silly antics and mischievous charm!

4. They get along well with children: These cats are incredibly playful so they get along well with young children. If play gets a little too rough, these agile felines can easily jump out of the way too.

5. They are low maintenance on the grooming front: Due to their short, close-lying coats, Cornish Rex cats are very easy to groom. A short brushing session once a week is enough to keep their coats in good condition.

6. They are exceptionally sociable: These cats do not shy away from affection, no matter who it comes from! They thrive in busy homes where they can be the centre of attention at all times!

7. Their unique appearance: Looking for an affectionate feline with its own distinct look that is like no other breed? Then the Cornish Rex is the breed for you. They have often been referred to as the whippets of the cat world and have found their way into the hearts of many families due to their elvish-like appearance.

8. Their cuddly natures: Despite being a highly energetic breed, these cats still love a good cuddle and will enjoy curling up on your lap at the end of a long day.

9. They are energetic and agile: You will never be bored with a Cornish Rex around! These cats will have you giggling as they shoot up and down cat posts, shelves, wardrobes, and cabinets!

10. They get along well with other pets: Cornish Rex cats thrive on company so they generally get along well with other cats, and cat-friendly dogs. Just make sure your other pets have the stamina to keep up with your Cornish Rex!

Best Homes for Cornish Rex

Cornish Rex cats are affectionate, loving, and highly energetic. For these reasons, they are best suited to a home where someone is home for most of the day. If left alone for too long, these cats can become destructive and lonely. If you are considering buying a Cornish Rex, you will need to ensure you are committed to giving him the attention and mental stimulation he craves. They do best in large houses, where they have plenty of space to run around and get into mischief. However, they can also be easily lead trained which is a good option if you live in a smaller home or apartment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cornish Rex Kittens

Why choose a Cornish Rex kitten from The Pedigree Paws rather than elsewhere?
Here at The Pedigree Paws, we only work with the best licensed breeders in the UK and Europe. Even though unethical pet farms and kitten mills are now illegal in the UK, there are still many unlicensed breeders around who are just out to make money. We only work with breeders who uphold the highest standards of animal welfare which reassures our customers that their new kittens have been appropriately weaned, socialised, and well cared for.
Is a Cornish Rex kitten the right pet for me?
Cornish Rex kittens are energetic, lovable, playful, and a little mischievous! They are highly sociable and crave attention so you must ensure you have the time and commitment to give these felines the affection they need. If left alone for long periods, these cats can become destructive so they are best suited to households where someone is at home for most of the day. Cornish Rex cats are incredibly agile so ensure you offer plenty of opportunities to exercise with the use of cat posts and shelving of various heights and widths, otherwise, you may find yours exploring the top of your cabinet or refrigerator! In addition, these cats are highly intelligent and love the mental stimulation that comes with learning new tricks, commands, or games. They particularly love to play fetch just like a dog! Their clownish natures have made them very popular with families who have young children as they tend to provide hours of entertainment with their silly antics. They are also known to get along well with other cats and cat-friendly dogs.
Is The Pedigree Paws trustworthy?
Here at The Pedigree Paws, we pride ourselves on being completely transparent with our customers. We know it can be difficult to find a reputable breeder that you can trust so we have done the work for you! Through our rigorous breeder selection process, we have found the best breeders in the UK and Europe to ensure you receive a kitten that is healthy. To date, we are proud to say that we have rehomed hundreds of kittens into loving homes. But don’t just take our word for it! Feel free to check out our testimonials to see our success stories for yourself.
Are Cornish Rex kittens from The Pedigree Paws healthy?
Yes, all of our kittens are fully health checked by a licensed vet before being rehomed. We also ensure they are fully vaccinated, dewormed, and microchipped, so you don’t have to worry about it. Cornish Rex cats are known to be relatively hardly however they are prone to developing a few health conditions. For this reason, we ensure that all of our kittens come from parents who have been DNA checked. We also DNA test all of our kittens to check if there are any genetic mutations present that may predispose them to health issues later in life. If no issues are present, you will feel secure in the fact that your Cornish Rex is healthy and unlikely to develop health conditions during its lifetime.
Can I see the parents of a Cornish Rex kitten?
Yes, of course you can, we recommend it! We will happily facilitate a video call between you and the breeder so you can see the kittens with their mother or both parents.
Will I receive the pedigree documents of a Cornish Rex kitten?
Yes, you will. All of our kittens come with internationally recognised pedigree documents from cat organisations such as GCCF, TICA, and FIFe. The exact registration will depend on the location of the breeder. For example, most kittens bred in the UK will be registered under the GCCF.
Do Cornish Rex kittens from The Pedigree Paws come from good breeders?
Yes, absolutely! At The Pedigree Paws, we only offer kittens from the very best breeders in the industry who adhere to the strict breeding regulations set out by internationally recognised cat organisations. Our breeders love their animals and ensure that each kitten is healthy and well cared for. So, if you buy from us, you will know you are buying a kitten that will grow into a well-rounded cat and will display the very best traits of the Cornish Rex breed. We do not work with commercial breeding facilities on any level.
When can I receive my Cornish Rex kitten?
We know that once you have chosen your kitten you will be very keen to meet him! However, it is important to understand that early weaning can be very detrimental to a kitten's health. For this reason, we prefer that all our kittens stay with their mother and siblings until they are at least 10-13 weeks old. However, this is only a guide and you will be able to discuss the exact time scale with the breeder.
Are Cornish Rex kittens from The Pedigree Paws raised in a family home or breeding facility?
We follow a comprehensive breeder selection process to ensure we only work with the very best breeders in the industry. Our breeders follow the highest standards of animal welfare and ensure that all of their kittens are bred and raised in their own homes rather than in a breeding facility. This way, you can rest assured that your kitten has been raised in a loving environment and has been appropriately weaned and socialised.
How can I help settle my Cornish Rex kitten into their new home?
Cornish Rex kittens are incredibly social animals. However, like all cats, they can become nervous and unsure in new surroundings. Here are a few ways you can help your Cornish Rex kitten to adapt to his new home: We highly recommend that you ask the breeder to send your kitten with a towel or blanket that carries their mother's scent. The pheromones given off by the mother are incredibly calming so will help your kitten to feel more secure in a new environment. In the beginning, we recommend that you only allow your kitten access to one room of the house at a time, to prevent him from feeling overwhelmed. Once your kitten appears comfortable, you can then slowly introduce him to other parts of the home under supervision. Due to their highly social natures, you should provide your new Cornish Rex kitten with plenty of reassurance as he adjusts to his new home. You should also introduce new family members and other pets slowly to ensure that the transition runs smoothly.