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December 7, 2018 |5 min read

A Guide to German Rex Cats

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When you want a beautiful, intelligent feline that bonds quickly with your family, turn to the German Rex cat. German Rex cats love nothing more than to curl up in your lap after a feisty play session. Before you decide to bring a German Rex cat into your home, though, you should learn more about the breed’s traits to make sure it will fit into your family.

Physical Traits of German Rex Cats

German Rex cats have medium-sized bodies. They also have long legs packed with strong muscles, so they can leap higher than you probably expect. Big, triangular ears will also help you recognize a German Rex cat.

When it comes to fur, most German Rex cats have short, thick fur that feels amazing to rub. If you let the coat grow out a bit, the hairs will start to curl, which makes the felines even more adorable. No cat lover can resist petting the thick, curly coat of a German Rex. You can try to resist, but you will fail!

German Rex cats come in a huge variety of colors. Some common colors include red, brown, frost, cinnamon, black, white, and chestnut. The blue ones look particularly amazing, especially in the right light.

Can’t decide which color you like most? You don’t have to decide because German Rex cats often have mixed colors, including calico and tortoiseshell.

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German Rex Cats Have Serious Smarts

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Don’t bring a German Rex cat into your home just because you love its cute looks. These cats have high intellects… compared to other cats, of course. They’re basically the Einsteins of the cat world.

A smart cat sounds great, right? Just make sure you have enough time to keep them stimulated. Without daily playtime, your super-smart kitten can turn into an evil genius that manages to invade your kitchen cabinets and escape from the house. Maybe they’re the Houdinis of the cat world?

As long as you set aside time to play with your German Rex cat, it will settle down for intense snuggles. The breed bonds quickly with its human family. Don’t feel surprised when this little fur ball demands to curl up at the foot of your bed.

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Taking Care of a German Rex Cat

German Rex cats don’t require a lot of maintenance. The short hair doesn’t need much attention. Over a few months, though, the fur may get a bit greasy. When that happens, take your kitty to a groomer or give her a bath at home.

If you feel too lazy to bathe your cat, just think about how it will feel when the grease ball starts rubbing its head against your face. That should give you plenty of motivation!

Taking care of a German Rex cat gets easier when you choose PrettyLitter over conventional cat box litter. If you have one cat, you only need a four-pound bag of PrettyLitter per month. The company will even send the next bag to you on time to prevent any odd smells in your home.

Perhaps best of all, you don’t have to pick wet clumps out of the litter. PrettyLitter absorbs moisture and eliminates it. Other than changing the litter once a month, you don’t have anything to worry about.

Now that you know more about German Rex cats, do you think you should get one for your home? What qualities appeal to you most?


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Christina Scamporrino is a lifelong animal lover and began working in the petcare space in 2019. Christina’s passion for the community of feline owners and enthusiasts have led her to designing premium packaging for PrettyLitter cat litter, PrettyPlease dry food, wet food, and treats, and a litter box designed to solve common litter box issues.

Outside of her professional work in the petcare space, Christina is a longtime kitten foster and has worked with several cat rescues throughout Southern California. When given the option, she favors orange cats, but loves all cats equally.