Every cat-lover should have a Devon Rex once in their lifetime.
Twila - little pixie in the sunshine - kitten photo
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Welcome to Neon-Cat Devon Rex, home of the friendliest Devon cats and Devon kittens in the whole USA! You might just find your special feline campanion right here...
Neon-Cat is a small CFA registered cattery located in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Although we've retired from showing, we've been active in the cat fancy since 1989. To our great delight we've been involved and devoted solely to Devon Rex since 1994.
Here our Devons live and grow up in a clean, neat home environment with lots of love and attention. The Devons freely enjoy the companionship of other kitties and their canine friend. They also take an active interest in watching their favorite bird families, squirrels, and geckos from safe window vantage points inside.
Kittens may go to responsible pet owners and families beginning at 13–16 weeks of age. Neon-Cat's standard contract calls for kittens and cats to be kept indoors and treated like royalty. All Neon-Cats leave home healthy. From time-to-time there are males and females available to established breeders.
Our cattery is what is called a "closed cattery" - there are no queens sent out for breeding nor are there any cats taken in for breeding. This policy helps keep our Devon family healthy. In over twenty years of breeding we have never had a major disease ourbreak, herpes, calici, and FIP included (see: "Devon Rex Client Education" section). We have been truly blessed. All adults and kittens are routinely vaccinated and wormed. We are a feline leukemia/FIV negative cattery. All incoming cats/kittens were isolated and tested for feline leukemia/FIV on day one and then again after 28 days to ensure that we remain a
feline leukemia/FIV negative cattery. Individual kittens are not routinely tested, but can be if a prospective owner so desires.
Before they leave home, kittens here routinely receive two core vaccinations (FVRCP) and check-ups by a licensed veterinarian. The FVRCP consists of coverage for the three main diseases implicated in feline disease: Feline herpesvirus-1 (FHV-1), Feline calicivirus (FCV), and Feline panleukopenia (FPV).
Diagnostic testing via PCR panels specific for feline URI have become widely available. A recently vaccinated kitten may have positive results when tested via PCR and this is not cause for alarm. Due to the nature of the PCR test itself, both live (field or vaccine strains) and inactivated (killed) virus may be detected. Thus, a positive PCR test result on a sample from an individual kitten has little meaning in and of itself. It does indicate that your kitten did, in fact, recently receive his/her vaccinations.
We have several family lines each with there own distinct 'look'. For example, some cats will have more coat than others and some cats may be bigger-boned than others from more petite lines. All our adults have full rich coats.
Coat and the Devon Rex kitten molt:
Some kittens molt, e.g., lose their coat between the 5th and 10th week. This is normal and is a feature of some family lines of Devon Rex. Molted kittens will regrow their coats from about 3 1/2 months to 6 - 10 months of age. Kittens may become totally furless like Pix (below). All our kittens will eventually develop soft, wavy coats. Some patience may be required. During their molted phase, kittens may exhibit scratches or pricks from playing with one another or, at the owners' homes, from playing with other animals. Here kittens may engage in "mock nursing" - it is a social thing and comforting to them. The rare kitten will self-nurse or attempt to nurse the arm of his human. Hickies may result. Kittens outgrown this mock-nursing. We do not brush Devon Rex - their beautiful coat is soft and rather fragile - brushing will pull out fur. Once in awhile when young, a mother cat will over-groom a baby with resultant fur loss. Over-grooming most commonly occurs around the tail, rear legs, or face and head area. This lost fur will regrow.
Pixs - an example of a molted Devon Rex kitten; Pixs has actually started the regrowth of her fur, she was totally hairless a few weeks ago, pretending to be a Sphynx; 11-30-12
Ears in young Devon Rex may be very waxy; the waxy is dark-brown in color. Weekly gentle ear cleaning is recommended. Trim nails at the same time ears are done - the nails of kittens are needle-sharp.
Molted Devon kittens and young kittens in general will have a slightly oily coat (or skin) and may require bathing every week. The skin oil is brownish in color and can be irritating to skin. Oils also provide an excellent medium for bacterial and fungal growth, so bathing is important.
Both ear wax and skin oil production subside as kittens age. Adult Devon Rex are very low maintenance, requiring bathing only if they get into something, or, in the case of those clients having allergies, as needed for allergen mitigation. Devon fur is soft and easily broken; there is no need to brush a Devon Rex. Brushing may remove fur.
Kittens begin to self-groom about 7-8 weeks of age, sometimes sooner, sometimes later. Here baby Aster tidies up after a breakfast of wet food. Photo from 11-8-13.
All kittens are born with blue eyes that change color as they age, often beginning with a semi-gray phase that then develops the adult eye color. Although from time-to-time we do have kittens who have odd eyes (one blue and one gold or green) or permanent blue eyes they are extremely rare in non-white cats and kittens. These blue and odd-eyes non-white cats get this trait from one of our lines of "and white" (piebald gene) Devons.
New this year are pointed Devon babies - they have the Siamese pattern and lovely blue eyes as adults. Pointed Devons are also called "Si-Rex".
Brandon - young red lynx point & white with blue eye color
Sadie's kittens - 3 days old on 3-27-14; there are two pointed Devon boys, Brandon and Seamus, and a red tabby girl, Christine; all pointed kittens are born white - their color pattern will develop in a week or two and continue to deepen over the next month. Their faces, feet, legs, and tails will be in a contrast color to their whitish body color. These pointed Devons will have pretty blue eyes as adults and nice wavy coats. Kittens are born with their eyes closed - eyes open between the 5th and 10th day. They will begin to hear around 2+ weeks of age.
Kittens begin life eating Royal Canin kitten dry food at about 5-6 weeks of age. Kittens also eat 2 meals a day of wet canned food.
All tuckered-out: Austin and Evie fast asleep in their food bowl. Danny (left) is greatly perplexed - to wake them or not??
Devons, a smallish, lively breed (5–8 pounds adult weight, sometimes a little larger depending on family lines), eat and drink about three times as much as ordinary cat-cats. We free-feed adults and kittens here. In addition to their dry food, kittens also eat 2-4 meals per day of wet canned cat food. Adult cats eat dry Iams original chicken formula. Adults also eat wet food 2-3 times a week as a supplement to their dry food. The wet food most often fed here is Fancy Feast or Friskies.
Just hours old, Devon babies can easily drink 3 cc of milk.
Our litter of choice is Tidy Cat clumping litter. Devons are very good about using their litter boxes and kittens adjust well to other brands of cat litter. They do like a clean litter box.
All kittens will leave home under contract. I cannot be responsible for the future health of your kitten -- they have been given an excellent start here, the rest is up to you. In the very rare event that a genetic or congenital defect comes to light in the first year of life a replacement kitten will be offered.
At the breeder's
Some folks spend up to an hour or so playing with kittens and adults while meeting the feline family.
Samantha & her kitten Sancy, a blue-silver tabby & white girl; photo from 6-23-07
Samantha & Sancy; 6-23-07
Samantha & Sancy; 6-23-07
Watch here below as Rosco adopts Magda when she came to visit:
Rosco checks out Magda's hat and hair 10-22-12
Rosco adopts Magda 10-22-12
Rosco: "Yes, Magda is the one for me" (10-22-12)
Devons are Fun!
Devons are very intelligent and amenable to teaching and training (within reason - they are still cats).
Gaylene's Itsey - on leash and out for a stroll with mom; April 2014
Devons love to be with their owners and travel well. With their adventurous spirit, zest for life, and fearless nature Devons do well in a variety of situations. Many Devon Rex are known to love to perch on their owner's and friend's shoulders.
Chris with Eliigrace - out for a drive.
Noella's Polly - cruising! May 2014
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Check out the ceramic art work on Flickr. Some work features Devon Rex and other animals, real or mythical.
The internet is a wonderful place but you can't believe everything you read...
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Friend Ethan with four week old BeBe and Mazzy
As of 8-1-14 there are two girls who will be ready beginning around mid-August. Scroll down to see photos of spunky, sweet Liz, a red smoke & white girl, and the stunningly beautiful Tango, a red classic tabby & white girl.
Later there will be Fresno (a red & white boy)
Kittens may be reserved now or in the future.
(this number can't take texts or receive photos; you need to "un-cloak" to talk to me; I can't take calls from unknown callers. Top priority is given to those who call - I am not a fan of email right now.)
Liz for mid-August
Liz playing in the cat tree; 7-30-14
Liz (center) with Mazzy (left) and Maggie (right) - "Here comes the dog!" 7-30-14
Liz: "She called it top sirloin scraps - wow!" 7-30-14
Liz - mighty huntress; 7-30-14
Liz - thoughtful moment; 7-30-14
Liz has the teaser; 7-30-14
Liz; red & white girl; 7-2-14
Liz - after ear cleaning; 7-2-14
Liz (left) with Magnolia (right); 7-2-14
Liz - not liking "photos"; 6-8-14
Tango for mid-August
Tango - afternoon window light; 8-1-14
Tango: "You and your photos!" 8-1-14
Tango - red classic tabby and white girl; 7-1-14
Tango - red classic tabby & white girl -- 6 1/2 weeks old; 6-18-14
Tango - a close-up of a beautiful little girl; 6-18-14
Fresno - for September
Fresno Chili Pepper - a pepper he is! 8-1-14
Fresno - red classic tabby & white boy - 8 weeks old; 8-1-14
That's all for now...
Kittens always look larger than they are in photos.
Your 14-16 week-old kittens will be small when they leave home and should have all the protection afforded a human baby.
Kittens readily learn new names - while here, I like them all to have names.
That's all for now... adopt a new love today!
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