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Cornish kitten

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Thread Starter 
Hi, we're new to the site. I brought Angus home last week at 8 weeks old. He is a Cornish Rex with seal point markings. I'm gathering that he will keep his blue eyes. I am so sorry I don't have any photos, my camera is out of pocket. I think he's very handsome of course.

I wanted this breed due to their lean lines and low shedding. I wasn't quite prepared for his level of energy though. My goodness, he's non-stop playing hard until he collapses for a nap.

My favorite thing is to watch him trying to run full speed on my hardwood floors, since can't quite get the traction he needs!

Anyway, thanks for listening. . .
post #2 of 15
Welcome to TCS! I have a moggy x cornish rex cross, he's 2 now so I'm used to it but the energy level does come as a bit of a shock at first doesn't it? If he's a seal point his eyes will stay blue Congratulations on your kitten. I'm a bit worried that he is so young, Cornish should stay with their mums til about 14-16 weeks old
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I'm a little concerned if the breeder of this rex was letting them go at 8 weeks old. I bred Cornish Rex - they are still nursing at 10-12 weeks old and NO where ready to leave home before 14-16 weeks old.

I hope you don't have any problems with him that young. I lost a rex female within a few weeks of having her cause the breeder handed her over at 3 months old - she never should have travelled at that age. But I "trusted" the breeder.

No legit rex breeder I know, lets kittens go before 4 months old.
post #4 of 15
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I figured he was a little young after I got him home and started reading more. I'm generally a responsible person, but I trusted the breeder on this one. I had planned on bringing him home at 12 weeks but they offered he could go at 8 weeks and not knowing better I said yes.

Once I got him home I realized what a baby a kitten is at 8 weeks old. I never had one this young (except when we had a mama cat with her kittens when I was a kid).

I work with babies (human) and I realized once he got home how dependent he still was. Thankfully he has warmed to everyone in the household, eaten well (only high quality kitten food), used his litterbox faithfully and plays non-stop for hours at a time. He generally (thank you Lord!!!!!) sleeps through the night.

The only issue I've noticed so far is that he could have better hygiene. His, um, backside gets a little smelly and I feel the need to wash it up. I have read that that's one of the skills kittens still work on with their mothers and I'm sure he could have used more instruction. My previous kitty was a meticulous groomer until he got very old and arthritic.

I've never dealt with cat breeders before, all my previous kittens were older (4-5 months old) and came from local shelters.

So I appreciate the concern, he's been to the vet already, and we are watching him carefully, he's rarely left unattended for more than a couple of hours. Had I known better I would have waited several more weeks. But at this point I'm just dealing with it.

So right now he's perched on my left shoulder watching TV (I swear he's following the movement on the screen). I love it. My previous kitty never was a snuggler until he got elderly and frail. He had other wonderful qualities, he was such a great cat that DH who was never a cat person agreed to this kitten and it enjoying him also.
post #5 of 15
Welcome to TCS ... you will have fun and learn allot here
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Hello & welcome to tcs. I hand reared Blossom from 3 weeks old. I had to wipe her bottom with a damp wash cloth to get her to go to the toilet. Also used to wipe her little face after eating, what a mess she was in. Maybe you need to do these things for your little one until he gets the message.
post #7 of 15
Similar thing happened when I got Radar my cornie cross, I didn't know any different at the time, the owner (not a breeder, he was an accidental kitten from a pet cornish rex) said 8 weeks was old enough, so off he went home with me

Thankfully he was and still is fine health-wise, but I have never ever been able to break him of the habit of trying to play roughly with hands and feet, he never got a chance for his mum to teach him that biting hurts and that claws should be retracted during play, which makes him a somewhat difficult companion and not the best possible pet! Not the pet he could have been. We love him dearly regardless but there are times when he can be a little painful!

You're right though, it's done now - if you have no other cats then getting another kitten as a playmate for him (once he is vaccinated of course) will help a lot with him learning these things - I do also think that Cornish need a similar energy level companion to stop them getting bored and to help use up that bottomless reserve of energy that they seem to have.

He sounds like a complete sweetheart, I hope all goes well with him
post #8 of 15
Welcome to TCS. Glad to have you as part of our feline family.

Peace, Love and Tie Dye ,
Rob & Sport
post #9 of 15
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!

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Hi and welcome to TCS! We are so glad you have joined us!

If I can help you with any questions you have about the site, please click on my username and send me a message.
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Welcome to TheCatSite
I am so glad that you and Angus, have joined our community of caring people who love cats.

As you learn your way around our site, if you have questions, I would be happy to help you. Feel free to contact me by clicking on my user name, then send a Private Message. I will get back to you asap.
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Welcome to TCS!!! Awww he sounds like a little cutie! I can't wait to see a picture of him! I was so happy to be out of the energetic/kitten stages. Every six months we got a new kitten until we had all three of ours. Then guess what?! As soon as Stuart finally hit a year old my dog Thor and boyfriend brought home a new kitten Thor LOVES kitties and found a little buddy to play with him and my SO couldn't keep his heart from melting.

See you in the forums!
post #15 of 15
One very important thing about rex kittens. If they stop eating - get them to a vet immediately. That's part of how I lost my kitten. I normally don't worry when they miss a meal, but in the case of rexes (which have 24 hr appetites) when they stop eating they are sick.

I'd love to see pictures.
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