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CARING FOR YOUR DEVON

Devons have a modified coat so are not ideal for Arctic conditions – and, of course they do love their creature comforts - duvets, radiators and sheepskin rugs feature prominently on the list. And, of course, the best resting place of all – your knee - or armpit. If you are not available on a 24-7 basis to fulfill this basic requirement then a substitute Devon bed is called for which meets all identified needs and provides opportunity for long, undisturbed sleep.


Devons also appreciate spotlessly clean litter trays and the same attention to feeding bowls and utensils that you would give to your own. 


When awake, your Devon is a very intelligent animal, who needs to be engaged in challenging play. He could work out how to open the drawer containing your underwear to play with – or you can provide him with a selection of toys as an alternative – preferably for use with you, or a playmate. And of course, just like the child at Christmas, they often find the box and the wrapping paper far more stimulating to the imagination than the present itself.


 



Company is essential. If it can’t be you, then another cat or dog for companionship is vital. Devons are very sociable. Of course, another Devon would find your lad more comprehensible than your average German ShortHaired Pointer, for example – who is experiencing “pin-down” for the third time in one day, whilst your Devon decides to clean those ears, yet again. But I digress.


On the subject of ears…. Much is written of the wax producing qualities of the Devon Rex. I have not found it particularly so – but regular checks on ears and nails are, of course, standard procedure. Cuddle times are great for this. Leave the clippers, cotton buds and tissues at hand, and get your Devon used to you playing with his feet; extending the nail etc. while he’s at rest.


Hand grooming comes into this session too. The Devon coat will benefit from all the stroking you can provide. There are also occasions when a grooming brush is needed – particularly when coming into adult coat. Don’t leave the introduction of the brush until it really is needed to get your cat used to its virtues. Begin with a soft baby brush, alternated with hand movements, while he is still a baby, and later, a fine comb.

Devons don’t moult to the same extent as other cats but they do need help in maintaining their coat in optimum condition. “Dead” coat can soon be recognised - you’ll find it will pluck out easily between thumb and finger. A good brush will take out the dead hair and keep the coat looking healthy and well rexed.


Devons are distinguished by their eye catching rexed coats- and time spent on it is quickly rewarded. The coat needs natural oils and when bathing is need a mild shampoo is a must. The coat usually settles down into its full “bloom” some two weeks later. Coat, colour and patterns in Devons varies enormously and it is rather the typically foreign, athletic body, long balanced tail, neat oval paws, wedge shaped head, flat top of skull, large tufted ears and oval eyes, which so characterise the breed.