I Have Curly Fur!
Sometimes people ask me, “Daisy, why are you called a Curly Cat?” The answer is that I am a Devon Rex cat, which means I have very soft, curly fur! The Devon Rex breed is said to be intelligent and mischievous, and we are sometimes referred to as a “monkey in cat’s clothing.”
Here is a close-up of my curls. The very first Devon Rex cat was named Kirlee and he was discovered in 1959 in Devon, UK. The curliness in Devon Rex fur is caused by a natural mutation. While most cats have guard hair, down hair and awn hair, a Devon Rex cat will have very little guard hair. My fur usually goes every-which-way and I look sort of like a well-loved plush toy.
Devon Rex cats even have curly whiskers! They are brittle and tend to break easily. You can see some of my eyebrows are broken off! Devon Rex cats are supposed to have a strong chin and a short muzzle.
We have huge, elfin ears. Look, even the fur inside my ears is curly and frizzledy!
My fur is not shiny like cats with straight hair. Here is what I would look like if I had straight fur. How do I look?
I wish I could let you pet me so you could feel my curly fur. Um, and I also just like getting pettin’s!