How to Groom A Devon Rex Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Devon Rex Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Semi-foreign

Coat Type & Length: Rex

Coat Texture: The Devon Rex has a unique curly coat that is soft to the touch and often described as feeling like a suede or velvet. Its coat is also hypoallergenic, making it a great choice for those with allergies.

Devon Rex cat

Devon Rex cats are known for their unique curly fur and large ears. They are a playful and affectionate breed, often described as “monkey-like” due to their active and mischievous nature. Devon Rex cats are also highly intelligent and can be trained to do tricks or even walk on a leash. They are social cats and enjoy being around people and other pets. Due to their short, curly fur, Devon Rex cats require minimal grooming, but regular nail trimming and ear cleaning is recommended. Overall, the Devon Rex is a charming and entertaining breed that makes a great addition to any household.

Grooming Tools for Devon Rex Cats

In order to groom Devon Rex Cats properly, you’ll need to have the following tools:

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat$10 – $20
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries$5 – $15
Ear cleanerCleans and removes debris from the ear to prevent infections$8 – $15
Cotton ballsEffectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections$1 – $5
ToothbrushCleans your cat’s teeth to prevent dental issues and maintain oral health$3 – $10
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor$5 – $10
ShampooCat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling$3 – $12

Grooming A Devon Rex Cat


Frequency: Brush your Devon Rex once or twice a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Bathe your Devon Rex occasionally to help control shedding.

Bathing your Devon Rex Cat

Devon Rex cats have a unique coat that is short, curly, and soft to the touch. Due to their delicate skin, it’s important to be gentle when bathing them.

  1. Start by brushing their coat to remove any tangles or mats.
  2. Fill a sink or bathtub with warm water and add a gentle cat shampoo.
  3. Wet your cat’s coat thoroughly and lather the shampoo, being careful not to get any in their eyes or ears.
  4. Rinse thoroughly and wrap your cat in a towel to dry.
  5. Devon Rex cats have sensitive skin, so it’s important to avoid over-bathing them.
  6. Once a month should be sufficient, unless they get into something particularly dirty.

How Often Should I Bathe My Devon Rex Cat?

You should bathe your Devon Rex cat once every 4-6 weeks to maintain their unique coat texture and prevent excessive oil buildup.

How to Trim the Nails of a Devon Rex

  • Nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your Devon Rex, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly, and use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat’s nail starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat with each nail, giving your cat a treat after each successful trim.
  • Aim to trim your Devon Rex’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort.

Remember, trimming your Devon Rex’s nails can be a bit tricky due to their active nature and small size, so take your time and be patient.

How to Clean the Ears of a Devon Rex

  • Cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Devon Rex securely in your lap or on a table.
  • Gently lift the ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, discharge, or odor. If you notice any of these, consult with your veterinarian before cleaning the ear.
  • Squeeze a few drops of the ear cleaning solution into the ear canal. Massage the base of the ear for a few seconds to help the solution work its way in.
  • Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any debris or excess solution from the ear canal and ear flap. Be careful not to push the debris further into the ear canal.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Reward your Devon Rex with a treat or playtime to make the experience positive.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Devon Rex

  • Start by getting your Devon Rex comfortable and relaxed. This can be done by petting and talking to them in a soothing voice.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and cat-friendly toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  • Gently lift your cat’s lip and brush their teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth as this is where plaque and tartar build-up occurs.
  • Be sure to brush the back molars as they are often neglected and prone to dental issues.
  • Brush for about 30 seconds on each side of the mouth.
  • Reward your Devon Rex with a treat or praise after brushing to make it a positive experience.
  • Aim to brush your Devon Rex’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good dental health.

Devon Rex Coat Issues

Pat yourself on the back for grooming your cat properly! That said, look out for the following:

Fleas and Ticks

– Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks on your Devon Rex’s coat.
– Consider using a flea and tick preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian to keep your Devon Rex flea and tick-free.

Matted Fur

Devon Rex cats have a unique curly coat that can easily become matted if not properly groomed. Use a metal comb to gently detangle any knots and consider using a conditioning spray to keep their coat soft and manageable.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Devon Rex cats have delicate skin that can be prone to dryness and irritation. To prevent this, use a gentle shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for cats, and avoid over-bathing. Regular brushing can also help distribute natural oils and prevent matting.

How Often Should I Brush My Devon Rex Cat?

You should brush your Devon Rex cat at least once a week to prevent matting and to keep their unique curly coat looking its best. However, if your cat sheds excessively, you may need to brush them more frequently to control hairballs and keep your home clean.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Devon Rex Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Devon Rex cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin and coat. It can strip away natural oils and cause dryness, itching, and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for your cat’s skin.