Selkirk Rex cats are healthy and sturdy. They are incredibly patient, loving and tolerant. From the moment they are born, curly kittens can be distinguished from their straight haired littermates by their curly whiskers. Selkirk Rex kittens with their curly coats and inquisitive playfulness are irresistible to watch. As they grow, the curl varies, but is always there. As they get older, the curly whiskers that are so cute on a kitten can become brittle and break off – leaving them with whiskers that are barely there.
Maintaining the curl and coat in the Selkirk Rex cat is the same as with any longhair cat – combing and brushing before bathing. However, too much combing and brushing after the bath will straighten the hairs and the curl is not as obvious. Shampoos that don’t coat the hair but leave it silky and clean are the best to allow the hairs to curl.
Currently there are not many curly pets available – most curly cats, especially females, are in breeding programs. Males are usually more readily available and make wonderful, affectionate pets.
If you get a chance to see a Selkirk Rex, ask if you can touch it. Most exhibitors of Selkirk Rex cats will allow a touch, since to feel the coat is to appreciate the breed