Tuesday, January 3, 2012

White Devon Rex Picture (at vet clinic)

A cute white Devon Rex picture but a real situation. By "real" I mean not in the rarefied environment of a cat show hall where all the purebred cats are at their very best and meant to be beautiful. They are all scrubbed up when paraded before the show judges but here, this little pixie-faced (confident) cat looks a bit worse for wear. The photograph was taken at the Cuyahoga Falls Veterinary Clinic. This photo has been used with permission for teaching/educational purposes at www.pictures-of-cats.org (PoC). I want to thank Ryan G. Gates, DVM of the clinic for granting permission. If people want to use the picture please ask the clinic first.

I have no idea why he or she was at the vets. He looks healthy. It looks like his ears need a bit of a wash! And he appears to have some tear staining or is that something else? I guess the point is that purebred cats are just like any other domestic cat in the eyes of the cat! He does not know that he is purebred and rare. On health issues: Devon Rex cats should avoid extreme temperature because they have a very thin coat (sometimes bald or near bald).

Health issues reported for this cat breed are: hereditary hypotrichosis (reported), famial hypothyroidism (one family of cats), congenital patellar subluxation-luxation ("may be predisposed" to this), hip dysplasia (occasional), greasiness of skin folds and paws, spasticity1. That is not to say that the Devon Rex is inherently unhealthy. Humans are predisposed to certain diseases as well, for example. See genetic diseases in purebred cats.

Note: (1) Medical, Genetic & Behavioral Aspects of Purebred Cats ISBN 0-9634124-0-X

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