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Cold Cornish Rex w/ skin irritation

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Hi, I have a one year old cornish rex that always seems to be cold. Cornish Rexes only have a down coat not any fur so the heat just seems to radiate out from him. He doesn't like sweaters and I am reluctant to keep one on him as he is just so darn active. I am afraid of it getting caught somewhere. Does anyone know of a safe heated bed that he can lay on when he gets too cold? Or how do you keep you cat from getting too chilly. I can't keep turning the funace up as my other kits get too warm. I have several cat beds and blankets for him to snuggle with.

Also when the heat kicks on at my house he runs to the bathroom in front of the heat vent. This is drying out his skin on his neck that he keeps scratching till he gets red welts. I have taken him to the vet and they give me animax ointment to put on them but I was wondering if there was any safe animal moisturizers out there. I am thinking I should take him to an animal dermatoligist. Anyone have any thoughts.

I am attaching a pictures so you can see the lack of fur. I would appreciate any advice. Thanks.

Tricia Conley

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I would contact some Cornish Rex breeders and see what they say. I usually recommend medicated bathes for irritated skin.
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I bred cornish rexes (have one now - will be 15 in April). My rexes always had much more coat than yours does. But even so, they loved to snuggle under the blankets or with each other and Spooky likes to sit in front of the heater too.

Does your rex cuddle with the other cats. I found that the rexes tend to hang together with other rexes rather then other types of cats - not all, but for the most part.

Is your rex neutered? That will help the coat come in more. You can't do much if the genes are not giving your rex more coat. What are you feeding? You might want to figure out how to keep your rex from getting too close to the heater.
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As far as something to keep him warm, I personally use http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pCatId=1074. It work great. I put it in the microwave for 5 minutes and it stays warm for 9-12 hours! I just put it under their blankets.

I also use http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...pc=1&N=0&Nty=1 and http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.as...familyID=4330&

Both of these items are also on Petsmart website and sold in their stores, they are also a little cheaper at Petsmart.
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