The Devon Rex is a relatively young breed. It was first recognized by the ACFA in 1972, then in CFA and TICA in 1979. They originated in Devonshire, England, in the late 1950s when a Miss Beryl Cox found that a stray cat in her care had given birth to a rather odd looking curly-haired kitten. Lucky for us, she knew enough to breed this cat back to others and was able to create more curly kitties, starting a new breed of cat from a natural mutation, the Devon Rex.
In the 1980s, young Anita White and her mother Marion were in England, as Marion’s husband was serving at a base there. Marion and Anita brought several home to start an American breeding program for the Devon Rex.
Anita was also an artist – and we have her to thank for the current look of the Devon Rex. She drew the outlines for the current Devon Rex breed standard. She helped breeders to understand the correct look of the face, placement of the ears, and helped breeders by giving a visual representation of the desired standard.
Anita’s drawings are still used to guide us as to how the Devon Rex should look. The Judge’s training for the breed presentation in CFA credits Anita for capturing the ideal Devon look. These drawings were part of the original Planet Devon in approximately 2001. We are happy to return them to the current Planet Devon. As best we can determine, these drawings first appeared in an article by Ann Gibney, “Why There Are Two” about the differences between the Cornish and the Devon. Thank you to Anita White for using her talent to help define one of our favorite breeds of cat!
People who don’t own cats often believe that cats are not affectionate animals. They see cats as fiercely independent… well, that part’s not wrong, but cats can be very affectionate and loving.
How do cats show their love? Valentine’s Day is all about love, so Planet Devon wants to share the love by describing how your cat tells you he loves you. Amy Shojai of The Spruce website tells us about 10 ways your cat shows affection and love for you:
10. – Tail Posture – If you’ve ever petted a cat, you’ve probably encountered the “elevator butt” pose which invites you to pay particular attention to the base of the tail. Cats love to have this body area scratched but they also use their upright tails to signal their love. When a cat approaches you with their tail held straight up and the end slightly tipped over it’s a sign of love. A cat that holds their rear end up in your face is also a sign of affection. Kittens greet their mother with tails flagged high in respect and adult cats continue this behavior with their favorite people.
9. – Loving Eyes – A kitty’s eyes are proportionately huge. As such, cat eyes are important assets for survival, yet extremely vulnerable. Cats that place their faces and wide open eyes near a person are expressing great trust and love. A slow “eye blink” from across the room is considered a cat kiss.
8. – Sleeping – Cats typically sleep up to 16 hours a day and since they are the most vulnerable while sleeping, the place your cat chooses to snooze must be a secure and trusted location. There is no greater loving compliment than a cat picking your lap as their favorite sleep spot.
7. – Playing – Kittens play out of pure enjoyment and their most favorite playmate is typically a trusted and loved companion. Some cats may actually control the interaction of petting by moving just out of reach so you are forced to come to them.
6. – Gifting Prey – Cats are adorable but they’re still tiny carnivores who have hunting instincts. Cats may catch everything from toys to mice and they often share their bounty with those they love. Cats who present you with this bounty deserve praise. They wouldn’t bring these special gifts if they didn’t love you.
5. – Meowing – Cats rarely meow at other cats. Typically, only kittens meow to their mothers and they grow out of the habit as adults. Your adult cat uses these vocalizations specifically to interact with people. Just like us, cats don’t “talk” to people they dislike so even when your cat pesters you with lots of meows, remember that they are interacting with you out of love.
4. – Kneading – Making Biscuits! – Kneading behaviors hearken back to kitten hood. Kitten paws knead against the mother cat’s breasts to induce milk to be released. Adult cats continue this behavior when they’re feeling most relaxed, content, and loved, and that’s often when they’re being petted on their owner’s lap. Kneading is a distinct expression of adoration.
3. – Bunting (Also called booping!) – Bunting is when your cat rubs their cheeks on you or an object, head-butts you with their forehead, or rubs their head on you. This is a way for your cat to leave his scent on you, basically marking their territory. Cats do this when they love something or someone and they may practice bunting on other pets or their favorite humans.
2. – Rolling – Children tend to throw themselves on the ground and roll around in an attempt to refuse to move or while throwing a tantrum but when your cat does it, it means they are excited to see you. Cats may walk or run up to you and throw themselves on the ground and begin to roll around. This is a loving greeting and means they want your attention, especially if they show you their belly.
And the easiest to recognize…
1. – Purring – The most obvious and common way cats show their happiness and love is through purring. Cats seem to have a special little motor inside them that gets started when they are relaxed and enjoying something. You’ll often hear this rumbling, vibrating noise while you are petting your cat. Purrs can also mean your cat is upset but this is not as commonly seen or heard as a happy purr.
How does your cat show love? My KevintheDevon is a talker, meowing his way through the house to chat with. me. Timmy gives me boops, often early in the morning to waken me.
What about your cat? Happy Valentine’s Day from Planet Devon!
Love is Love is an original watercolor by American artist Elizabeth Winterbone. A beautiful high quality print of the piece is available in our Planet Devon Shop.
It’s finally fall, and a chance to snuggle under sweaters and pajamas. We want to keep our cats safe and warm.
What if your cat does get out? What is the best way to draw him back or help him find his home?
Place his letterbox outside near the door you think he used. The smells of the box are powerful and will draw your cat home. Place a little food in his bowl on the porch – but watch it, as there may be other animals who smell it as well. Call his or her name out loudly in the tone you normally use. Place a dirty t-shirt or pillowcase in your yard, in the hope that our smells will get to your cat. Post signs, and check with all the local vets.
On Facebookrecently we heard about Peepers, who slipped out behind her cat-mom last week. She was gone for nearly 5 days. The people who found her, scruffy and a bit beat up, scanned her for a chip. Peepers was chipped as a kitten, and sure enough, the scan found the chip. Reading from the chip information, the vet found the phone number and called Peepers mom and Peepers is back home safe.
Please. Don’t. Wait. Get your cat or kitten microchipped today. The cost is minimal, and the benefit profound.
The CFA is holding its International Cat Showon November 18 and 19. Planet Devon will be there. Will you? Special Planet Devon art and gift pricing for the show!
We do our best to take care of our feline friends, but sometimes signs of pain and sickness go unnoticed. Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, described feline behavior that could mean an underlying health issue.
“Cats tend to hide their symptoms, which is probably due to survival instinct,” Eckman said. “Most signs of illness or injury are subtle, including sleeping more than normal; not getting up to greet you, if that is normal behavior; or laying and sleeping in the same position for long periods of time.”
Other changes pet owners should be aware of include the cat withdrawing or being reluctant to be petted. Changes in litter box habits and vomiting can also indicate underlying issues. In addition, cat owners should keep an eye on their pet’s food and water bowl; any changes in appetite and water consumption may mean their feline friend isn’t feeling well.
Since it can be hard to notice subtle changes in your cat’s behavior, going to regular veterinarian check-ups can help identify illness or areas of pain and discomfort before they become a more serious health concern.
“Your veterinarian will be able to monitor vital signs, such as temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate, as well as check for weight loss or weight gain,” Eckman said.
As your cat ages, your veterinarian also may recommend laboratory tests to identify or follow-up on any health abnormalities, such as frequent urination or a decrease in appetite.
Overall, regular veterinarian visits are key in protecting your cat’s health. Even if your cat seems fine, it is always a good idea to visit the veterinarian at least once a year.
Flash from the past. This is an ad for a Devon Rex cattery in England in the 1990’s! If you know this cattery please let us know!
A reputable breeder in Alabama had a rather sudden medical issue arise, and needs to rehome her Devons. There are 3 girls available for a nominal adoption fee, (to cover microchipping and spaying.)
They are beautiful and loving Devons…
Vanna – also known as “Gaia Shades of Mischief.” She is loving and sweet, a 5 year-old brown tabby and white.
Maggie is 3 years old and very loving!
Lily is a chocolate mac tabby – she is 6 years old.
All girls will be spayed and microchipped before rehoming. If you are looking for a Devon rescue (or have wanted a Devon but have not been able to find a breeder…) please contact Pam. email@example.com She is currently looking for homes for all 3 beautiful and sweet girls!
It might sound simple or like it could ever happen…, but our loved fur-babies do, sometimes…, slip out the door! My own Bumper makes a game of slipping past me as I enter my home. Thankfully it’s just his little power play – he sniffs, looks at me then comes back inside.
But sometimes they get away. Scared, let out of the yard/home by workers, or simply bored and mischievous… pets get lost. If you haven’t invested in a high-tech tracker gadget, you need to recruit others to help find Fluffy (or Fido!)
Log in to your local Nextdoor.com mailing list. But for more help, here are some tips…
from Lifehacker. (Thank you to Lifehacker and author Patrick Allen!)
If you have found a pet, check for a microchip. Feel for a small hard bit, about the size of a grain of rice around the shoulder area of the animal. Most vets will assist by determining if there is a chip, and reading it if there is – Usually a chipped animal has a phone number contact as part of the info on that chip, and an owner or responsible breeder will respond.
Of course the best solution is to make sure your pet is safe and secure. But isn’t it nice to know there are ways to help?
Devon Heaven is next weekend. If you are near Monroeville PA, consider stopping by the show!
Every couple of years the Devon community comes together in its mischievous glory to celebrate and honor our amazing (and amusing) cats. The event is called Devon Heaven, and it is an awards banquet held one evening after a Saturday cat show.
The theme for this year’s Devon Heaven is Devon Valentines, and it will be a part of the Steel City Cat Show on February 11, in Monroeville, PA. (Show flyer here!) The banquet is only open to Devon Rex Breed Club members, but promises to be a fun, memorable and raucous good time! There is a live auction fundraiser with wildly entertaining auctioneers, Curlydolls’ own Dolly Chamness and Melanie “Vanna White” Bell.
But you can only attend if you are a member of the Devon Rex Breed Club. Click here to join now! (Support the efforts of the Breed Club to develop and improve the cat we love so much!) The fee is reasonable and is a worthy cause!
If you just love Devons, consider attending the cat show! You may never again see so many Devons in the ring at one time! The show is held at the Monroeville Convention Center 209 Mall Plaza Boulevard Monroeville, PA 15146 on Feb. 11 and 12. There is a small fee for admission, to support the Steel City Cat Club who sponsored the show. There will be 6 rings, many beautiful cats and a TON of Devons! Black, red, calico, silver, shaded and smokes. Big ones, small ones, kittens and cats. Devons galore!
The show is not to be missed! Find a friend and come out and some of the best Devons in the world! (This is also a terrific chance to meet the breeders of these fine cats, find out about ownership and kitten availability or possibly to pick up your new kitten – by prior arrangement!)
But if you own a Devon, every day is Valentine’s Day!
“Love is Love” is exclusive Planet Devon art by Wichita artist Elizabeth Winterbone. Her work is featured here at Planet Devon. You can see more of her art made with love at her site, elizabethwinterbone.com. She specializes in custom folk art tailored to you – monograms, personal cards, artistic renderings of meaningful family recipes, etc. All of the art seen on items in the Planet Devon gift shop is exclusive to Planet Devon, and any piece is available as a beautiful gicleé print, suitable for framing.
Who hasn’t had a Devon get into a little mischief at Christmas! Our friends at WikiHow have posted the instructions for cat-proofing your Christmas Tree. It doesn’t address teethings that hang on the tree, (No tinsel!) But… it’s a comprehensive guide for keeping your kitty safe and your tree gorgeous!
Are you in the Midwest? Interested in seeing some really cool cats? The Cat Fanciers’ International Cat show is coming up fast! The show is being held at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi, MI.
Spectator hours are 8:30am until 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 19 and 8:30am until 4:00pm on Sunday, November 20. Tickets prices are $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors (65+), $5 for children 6-15, and children 5 and under are free. There is a $5 parking fee at the facility. If you click here, you can get a $1 discount coupon!
Cat show are a fun and interesting way to spend an afternoon, and the breeders love to see you there!