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Description

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Get to know the American Curl Cat Breed

The distinctive characteristic of the American Curl is their adorable, curled-back ears. They typically appear balanced and well proportioned and can differ in size. They are classy, well-balanced, reasonably muscled, slim instead of oversized in development.

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Background

Beginnings

The American Curl originated as a spontaneous hereditary mutation in the domestic cat population. In June 1981, 2 cats with ears that curled backward showed up on the doorstep of a couple in Lakewood, California. One of the cats passed away shortly after. However, the other, a friendly longhaired female, remained a family member called Shulamith.
Initially, the family paid little attention to Shulamith’s distinct curled ears. Her brand-new household loved her devotion and sweet personality. They presumed Shulamith was among numerous curly-eared feline. After researching in their local library and book shop, they had no reference to Shulamith’s likely breed.
Shulamith gave birth to a litter of 4 in December of 1981; 2 of the kittens had the very same curled-back ears.

The father, a local longhaired tomcat, did not have curly ears or genes. Although the couple didn’t comprehend the cat’s gene initially, the gene governing the curled ears was proven to be dominant. Therefore only one parent requires the gene to pass down the curled ears to at least a few of their offspring. Similarly, if a cat does not have curled ears, it cannot have the gene for them. A dominant gene will consistently appear in a cat’s physical appearance.
Shulamith continued to have litters from the local tomcats, which added to the Curl population at the time. In early litter, short and long hairs appeared in numerous colors and patterns, including the pointed pattern. The couple offered kittens to family and friends.

Recognition

Nancy Kiester acquired two kittens, who fell for their unique ears and gentle temperament. After reading a short article on the Scottish Fold, another cat breed with distinctive ears, Kiester thought these kittens might be unique. American Curls were promoted and acknowledged after proof that they are a specific breed. They started becoming popular in 1983, and by 1986 they were recognized by 3 of the biggest North American feline registries.

Personality & Temperament

American Curls have qualities aside from the whimsical ears that make them appealing family pets. They are people cats who are hardly ever distant and are affectionate without bothering their households for attention. They take pleasure in sitting down on laps and love to pat and nuzzle their beloved family members.

American Curls are often easily taught to play fetch and seldom lose their love of play. They typically do exceptionally well with kids. The American Curls are enthusiastic and energetic. They likewise show the common feline curiosity and wish to be right there to examine any changes in their environment.

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Characteristics

Their body seems moderate in strength and tone. American curls are generally medium-sized. However, they have a various range of sizes. Their length is one and one-half times their height, at the shoulder. The ears are reasonably big with a 90-degree arc curl, and the tips are rounded and flexible. The eyes are walnut-shaped and moderately large with clear, brilliant color no relation to coat color. American Curls come in all patterns and colors, including pointed patterns in white, ticked tabby, shaded, smoke, bicolor, van, and chinchilla. The fine silky coat can be shorthair and longhair with a minimal undercoat.

Caring for your American Curl

We recommend brushing Shorthair curls routinely with a grooming glove or soft brush. While Longhaired Curls do not have much undercoat but need regular brushing, less undercoat means less shedding and less maintenance. Nails should be cut regularly with a clipper (not advised to use the scissor clippers). Curls are known to have black ear wax; therefore, clean the inside f their ears regularly. Brush their teeth with a vet-approved toothpaste for good general health and fresh breath and schedule routine veterinary dental cleanings.
Since Curls are slim cats, recommendations are to feed them good quality food without plenty of fillers (like common store brand name foods). They will do well with good dry food, although they enjoy canned foods as a supplement. Curls love treats. However, they are not essential for their health. A few treats once and a while will make you their favorite.

Like all felines, it is essential to provide your cat with fresh, clean water daily. Fresh, clean water is best, so cats won’t be reluctant to drink. To make sure your cat drinks sufficient water every day, here’s a suggestion from some cat behaviorists: place the water bowl at least 3 feet away from any food. Cats’ noses are sensitive, and an overwhelming smell of food might trigger them to drink less. You can use filtered drinking fountains in place of a water bowl.

Because of the vast gene pools from their domestic outcross background, Curls have no recognized hereditary health concerns.

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