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