The curly haired Selkirk has a coat that looks similar to that of a poodle, although it is much thicker and plusher.
This cat breed, which has both longhair and shorthair varieties, originated in the United States in the late nineteen eighties when one kitten in a litter born at an animal rescue had a very curly coat.
This cat was bred to a Persian cat and produced a litter of three curly kittens and three normal kittens.
The breeder named these curly haired kittens after the mountains near her home.
Since there were three kittens that carried the Rex gene in the litter, this gene is dominant and outcrossing the Selkirk to other cat breeds still produces Rex kittens.
The Selkirk Rex needs lots of grooming...
Since the Selkirk Rex is occasionally bred back to Persians to increase the genetic pool and to keep this cat breed healthy, it is no surprise that these cats need to be groomed frequently.
Even shorthairs need to be groomed several times a week to avoid having their coats tangle and to remove loose hair before it ends up on your furniture cushions.
These cats shed frequently so as you groom your cat, be careful not to over comb his coat, as too much grooming can straighten the hair.
In addition, be especially careful of his whiskers, as they are extremely fragile and breakable.
This breed is very healthy and strong, overall.
However, you should consult your veterinarian if your cat eats less or becomes lethargic, as this breed is prone to hairballs.
You also may want to discuss using a cat food that includes a hairball preventative with your veterinarian before your cat develops any problems.
You can find these fascinating cats in any color or coat pattern. Most cats have eyes with a rich golden color, but there are blue eyed cats, as well.
The Selkirk Rex is a great choice for working people...
If you are concerned that your cat will be lonely while you are working, the Selkirk Rex is a great choice for you.
These cats are quite happy amusing themselves during the day, although they will happily soak up attention when you are home.
These cats will endure quite a lot of child's play without putting up much of a fuss, from riding in the doll carriage to wearing dress up clothes and having tea.
Of course, since all of your guests will want to pet the Selkirk to see how extraordinary soft and plush these cats feel, this calm personality is important even if you don't have children.
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