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Cat Breed of the Week: American Curl

By December 17, 2013

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As a result of a serendipitous genetic accident, the first American Curl kittens were born to "Shulasmith," a longhaired black stray with unusual ears.

Photo of American Curl CatShulasmith had been rescued by Joe and Grace Ruga in Lakewood, CA in 1981, so it is a fairly recent accepted cat breed. Like the Scottish Folds, Curls are born with straight ears. Curls' ears begin to curl very tightly at three to five days, until at about six weeks they start gradually unfurling. At twelve to sixteen weeks, their ears have more-or-less reached their permanent state of "curl."
Photo Credit: © Chris Hondurus/Getty Images

Curls have sweet dispositions; intelligent and curious, they are extremely attuned to their human families. They are great pets for families and people who love kittens, as they keep their kitten-like behavior through their adult lives. They adapt readily to children and other pets, and keep their kitten-like personalities well into adulthood.

If you are fortunate enough to share your home with a American Curl cat, you are invited to post your own photo story about life with an American Curl.

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November 12, 2008 at 7:20 am
(1) Carole says:

I have always loved these cats but I have never had the pleasure of seeing one in person. It’s a goal of mine. There are no catteries that I know of, nor any cat shows in my general area. They have a dear look to them.

November 13, 2008 at 11:43 am
(2) Zanna says:

Those are really cute – I’ve never even heard of them before!

February 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm
(3) karen oakley says:

Possibly you can help or direct me….I have several strays/feral cats outside. Some I can pet, but they all come to me and hang around me. I have to move. I want them safe as neighbor(s) a threat to having them put down. I have no finances to have them tested or vaccinated. I just want a safe environment for them. Thank you.

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