about the cattery
Pettipas Cattery is a small in-home cattery run by my husband & I, and my mother plays a rather large support role in our operations, too. Our cattery is registered with CFA (Cat Fanciers' Association) and TICA (The International Cat Association) but some of our cats are cross registered with other associations as well. We are located along the Massachusetts coastline, in the quaint Eagle Hill Historic District of Boston. My mother, Patrice Duval-Dorsi, started breeding Devon Rex cats in 2000, but we have worked with animals for as long as anyone can remember!
Our Devon's live in our home as cherished family members, and are bred for health, temperament, and type. The kittens are loved and handled from a very young age. Our whole family is involved in the daily dose of love each cat and kitten receive. We never seem to tire of being awoken at 3 a.m. by a proud kitten who has managed to climb into our beds and attack our toes. Luckily, by the time our kittens go to their new homes at 16 weeks old, they are not as interested in 3 a.m. playtime and generally will allow most new parents to sleep peacefully through the night.
about the breed
Devons tend to be really inquisitive little critters! Even more so than the average cat. (Ever heard of the expression "curiosity killed the cat"? I think they were referring to a Devon Rex!) Endlessly social, they are dog-like in their devotion to their humans and pursuit for attention. Devons like to follow their owners around and chatter in little trills and chirps rather than "meowing." They're a very talkative breed! Affectionate, intelligent, and fun-loving, they enjoy a game of fetch, or hide and go seek, and they'll happily arrange themselves around your neck like a suede scarf, on your lap like a blanket, or on your head like a hat - trust me, these little babes are persistent, and they can get comfy on any part of your body. You may end up carrying your Devon with you wherever you go!
Devon Rexes are most suited for an active household. They are social creatures by nature, and truly thrive with a play mate - of any species! If they are left alone for too long, they can become destructive, but this can be deterred with lots of toys and designated cat areas, like scratching posts, and cat trees. They are not independent like an average cat. Constant socialization, love, and affection is needed for these babes. Devons do well with other pets in your home (including dogs) and are great pets for young children as well. They may have lots of energy, but they sure love a good cuddle.
The Cat Fanciers Association describes the Devon Rex as "mad-cap personality" and "a cross, some say, between a cat, a dog, a monkey, and Dennis the Menace. They are a fun and fun-loving breed with a relaxed and social attitude rarely associated with cats. Delightfully silly in both appearance and antics, Devons are interested in everything and everyone around them. Their playful nature means Devons easily learn tricks and are always up for a game of hide-and-seek, tag, or fetch."
velvet, curly fur
Some describe it as "suede-like"
A new meaning to "can you hear me now?"
All the better to see you with, my dear!
Due to their appearance (and their mischievous personality) Devons are known as the "pixie" of the cat world. They have an elf-like appearance with large, oversized ears, big eyes and high cheekbones, a small face, and velvety soft, curly coat that comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and even length. They are a fine to medium build, so they're generally small cats. When fully grown, females weigh an average of 5-7 lbs and males range from 7-10 lbs. Although they look fragile, Devons are a sturdy, agile, and very muscular breed. The average life span is 10-15 years, but with the right care, and a lot of love, your kitty can stick around for much longer than that!