Selkirk Rex Cat’s Personality
One first may be attracted to the Selkirk’s cute, curly exterior, but these cats also make champion companions. They are curious, tolerant, extremely sociable cats that enjoy spending time with their preferred persons. People-oriented without being clingy, Selkirks have a generous measure of love and loyalty for their human companions. Selkirks fit in well with other family members including children, and usually get along well with other companion animals. Because they are very social, they don’t do well in isolation or when left alone for long periods.
Selkirks are fun-loving cats that stay playful and kittenish well into adulthood. They enjoy a good game of fetch and particularly enjoy games in which their guardians take active roles. Laser lights, feather toys, catnip mice and even a wad of paper can keep them entertained for hours.
Grooming a Selkirk Rex
Shorthaired Selkirks have medium-length hair with loose, individual curls. A good once-a-week combing and an occasional bath will keep the shorthair looking sharp. Longhaired Selkirks require more grooming, although not as much as you might expect. Combing twice a week with a good steel comb removes dead hairs and prevents matting. Bathing makes the fur curl up to its best advantage so a monthly bath is recommended.
Expect to pay $250 to $650 for a curly pet quality Selkirk. The price depends largely upon the coat’s curl. Straight-haired Selkirks run $100 to $300. Breeder quality Selkirks cost $400 to $800, and show quality will set you back $650 to $850, sometimes more. Prices depend upon the coat quality, but also on body type, color and pattern, bloodline, gender, area and breeder. Cats retired from breeder or show careers are sometimes placed with good homes; such cats are altered before placement and usually run $50 to $200.
Since the gene pool is still small, some breeders are reluctant to part with even their pet quality curly Selkirks. However, this is slowly changing as numbers rise. The average wait for a curly Selkirk is 6 months to a year. Be flexible about color and gender and your wait will be shorter. Straight-coated Selkirks – cats that lack the rex gene but possess the Selkirk body style and personality – can be obtained more easily.
Despite rumors to the contrary, rex breeds are not hypoallergenic. That’s because it’s not usually cat hair that causes the allergic reaction in humans. Rather, it’s an allergenic protein called Fel d1 secreted via saliva and the sebaceous glands. This protein is spread onto the fur during grooming. Selkirks produce just as much of this protein as any other breed. If ordinary cats make you sneeze, so will a Selkirk.