The American Curl Cat is one of the youngest cat breeds, famous for its unique shaped ears. Their ears curl back from the face toward the back of the skull. This trademark is the result of spontaneous genetic mutation. In show rings it is preferred that the cat’s curl arch is in between 90 and 180 degrees. However, some cats are born with almost straight ears which doesn’t diminish their overall beauty.
The medium-sized breed comes in every color and pattern and is the first cat breed which standard permits both long and short coat. The American Curl Cat is a gentle and friendly tempered breed that seeks attention and enjoys spending time with children. This is an easy to maintain and moderately active cat that stays an eternal child and enjoys playing even when older.
In 1981, in Lakewood California, a stray black long-haired female kitten with strangely shaped ears found its way to a home of Joe and Grace Ruga. The Rugas were mesmerized by the unique looks of black-haired beauty and named her Shulamith, which means “black and comely”. After six months Shulamith produced a litter of four. Two of four kittens had the same curly ears as their mother.
One of those two kittens, a black long-haired female, named Mercedes was acquired by Nancy Kiester. In 1983 Kiester and Rugas exhibited Shulamith and Mercedes at a cat show in Palm Springs attracting huge attention from other cat fanciers. Genetic testing was done by a famous feline geneticist Roy Robertson who determined that the signature trait is the result of a dominant gene.
Thereafter, the selective breeding programs have begun and the standard for the new breed has been established. The newly developed breed was named American Curl and registered by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1986. The International Cat Association followed suit and recognized the breed in 1987. The interesting fact is, that the American Curl is the first single breed with two coat types recognize by Cat Fanciers Association.
The American Curl Cat is a medium sized cat with a strong, muscularly built long body and surprisingly small head. Their trademark, the ears, are highly set and curl backward giving the breed almost surprised look. The kittens are born with straight ears that start to curl back within 4 or 5 days. It takes 16 weeks for the ears to gain their permanent curled shape.
As with all other cat breeds, male American Curl cats are larger and weigh from 7-12 pounds. Female cats are slightly smaller and weigh from 5-8 pounds, but can gain weight easily. Wellness CORE is a good dietary choice to keep your indoor cat at ideal weight.
This is a funny, playful, intelligent and people loving breed. Unlike some other cats, it enjoys playing with children and seeks their attention. The American Curls are known for retaining their playful nature through their long lifespans. These cats form a strong attachment to their owner and like following him around without being demanding.
The American Curl isn’t overly talkative breed but will seek attention and food by head-butting or by rubbing against its owner’s feet. They are friendly and social cats that get along with everyone. They are also known to happily greet guests and their owners by the front door. Since this is a smart and playful breed, a toy like Interactive Treat Maze & Puzzle Feeder is an excellent choice to keep your cat occupied.
This is a lively and inquisitive breed that knows how to open cabinets.. The American Curl has a deep interest in its surroundings. Once these cats tire from exploring they are more than happy to jump in their owner’s lap and spend the rest of the day napping.
The American Curl is highly adaptable breed. So it reacts very well to new situations and surroundings. This trait, combined with their joyous nature makes them great pets for people of all ages and families with children. This breed also adjusts well to living with other cats and dogs and treats them with respect.
This is a moderately active breed that requires some exercise to stay at perfect shape. The American Curl loves to play fetch and toys like Wool Felt Ball Toys will surely keep your cat exercised and entertained. The American Curl likes to jump and climb, and Kitty City Cat Condo will fulfill these urges and keep your cat fit. This breed enjoys interacting and playing with its owner. With a GoCat Da Bird Rod you can provide hours of exercise and fun for furry companion.
- Ear Infections: The narrower ear canals causes more wax to build up which results in frequent ear infections. It is important that owners pay special care and clean the cat’s ears. Use Zymox Otic to successfully treat chronic and acute ear infections.
- Obesity: This breed can become obese if not fed properly. Stick to weight control food, like Hill’s Science Diet to prevent obesity. Talk with your vet so he can design a proper meal plan for your cat.
This is a very healthy breed, with an average lifespan of 15 years. Since they don’t have any genetic health problems, some cats live for 20 years. Because of the unique structure of their ears, this breed is prone to wax buildup. Vibrac Epi-Otic Cleaner is safe for regular use and will keep ear infections at bay.
The coat of the American Curl cat is silky and soft to the touch and can be short or semi-long. With both variations, the coat lies close to the body and is fairly easy to maintain. The short-haired cats need to be groomed once a week with a curry brush. The Kong Zoom Groom helps remove dead hairs and skin cells and distribute skin oils through the coat.
These cats need to be groomed two to three times a week. The Hartz Slicker Brush For Cats can help maintain the coat of long-haired American Curl. This practice will remove lose hair and keep the coat soft and tangle free. To remove mats and tangles use combs like Detangler Tool with long and short comb teeth. This breed is easy to maintain and sheds minimally if at all thanks to barely existent undercoat.
No specific colors or patterns are associated with the American Curl. Thus, every cat is a story for itself. The most commonly seen colors include white, black, blue, cream, red, chocolate, lilac, brown, buttercream, gold, and tortoiseshell. When it comes to patterns, the American Curl Cat can be found in bi-colors, points, shades, stripes, calico, smoke, tabby, solids, and tortoiseshell.
The American Curl loves to play and spend time with children. This is a fairly unique trait in a cat world. Their social and funny nature makes them a great choice for homes with older children who know how to play and treat a cat with respect. But it is advisable to supervise toddlers and younger children.
You don’t want them to accidentally pull a cat by its ears or tail!
This breed has a tolerant and mild nature and gets along well with other household pets. Once introduced to other pets, this breed will give them time to adjust to new situation. This breed likes dogs and will behave friendly towards them if properly introduced.
The American Curl Cat stays the eternal child and also enjoys playing her whole life. This breed seeks the company of children and will spend hours playing with them. They also get along well with other cats and dogs. So, give your child a Cat Chaser Light Toy and let him tease your cat for hours of fun.