Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
As you can see I have two Devons. Yes, I agree with the breeder that you should have two, or at least another cat. I don't have experience with having a Devon and Siamese/Oriental, so can't speak to that. They do not like to be left alone that's for sure. Often my boy Zuba just complains when he sees me getting on my boots and coats and whines his objection. Usually he's at the door to greet me. Alkee isn't so fussy or as vocal. When my hubby and I go on vacation we have a cat sitter come in twice a day to feed, etc. and play with the cats. They don't seem to mind to much that we took a vacation, tho most of ours are a week or 2 weeks max, but we can tell they still missed us and are pretty sucky.
I wouldn't say Devons are frail. They are strong active cats, and mine are over 10 yrs old now, and have had very few trips to the vet. Alkee had an ear issue with excess wax that has cleared up, and Zuba when I first got him had lumps that appeared on his neck that turned out to be a food allergy in a dry kibble. I switched to a no grain canned food, and the lumps disappeared.
I'm not sure what you mean by your house is "a bit cold". Our house is kept at 22C or 72F so I would say if it's below that it's slightly too cool. We have large south-facing windows that the cats enjoy when the sun's shining in, but if they feel chilly, they'll both snuggle under a blanket if they can't find a lamp. Alkee doesn't feel the cold as much as Zuba because she has a thicker and longer coat, whereas Zuba's is thinner and he's got a bald tummy and inside of his legs. He was bald as a kitten and it took almost a year for his coat to grow in, but he's an enthusiatic groomer and has made his tummy bald. He does feel the cold more than Alkee but is very adept at rolling himself in a blanket. I would think both Siamese or Orientals would be about the same as Zuba as they have a very short coat. Both cats sleep in our basement which is heated, and they use a cardboard box as their bed that is off the floor and has a towel over the opening. It's not fancy, but it's surprising how warm it is with both of them cuddling in it; it's not a big box but enough space for them to move around. Alkee has never had a cold, but Zuba occasionally gets the sniffles, but giving him L-Lysine for a week or so clears it up.
As you say, my Devons are "lively, affectionate, intelligent and playful", and both are big lapsitters. They're extremely curious and a cupbord, drawer, cannot be left open or it will be explored to the max. They also like to "help" with everything you do. Alkee is particularly buggy and insistent to assist me with my keytyping on the computer. If I'm trying to get something important done, sometimes she has to be locked out of our office. Devons are very sweet and gentle nature and don't get mad at you if you discipline them if they're bugging too much. They're a great breed, but they do require (and demand) a lot of attention.
"There are no ordinary cats.";"Time spent with a cat is never wasted."~ Colette
"A loving cat can mend a wounded heart." ~ Unknown Author
Alkitotle aka "Alkee", "Lambie" (July 2/04 - Oct. 2/15) -- white Devon Rex
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