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The American Curl is a newer, less common cat breed that has won the hearts of cat lovers all over the world. Its distinct characteristics were caused by a spontaneous genetic mutation.
Two cats with curled ears first appeared in California, USA, in 1981. The longhaired of the two had a litter, and two of the kittens shared their mother's curled back ears.
When a former Australian Shepherd breeder saw the kittens, he realized they were not Scottish Fold cats but an entirely new breed. She displayed the two kittens at a cat show in California in 1983, and the breed was confirmed to be unknown to the cat fancy.
In 1986, the American Curl was awarded Championship status, and in 1991, the breed was granted Provisional Status.
The American Curl is a medium-sized cat distinguished by its curled ears that are bent backward at the tips. A genetic mutation that affects the cartilage in the ears causes this trait. The ears should be handled with care because they are easily injured.
The body of the American Curl is muscular and well-proportioned. Their coat is medium-length and comes in a variety of colors and patterns, including solid, tabby, calico, and bi-color.
The weight of an American Curl varies depending on the individual cat and sex, but when fully grown, they typically weigh between 3 and 5 kg. Male adults are generally larger than female adults.
The American Curl is well-known for its outgoing, friendly, and affectionate personality. They are intelligent, playful cats who enjoy interacting with their owners. They are also known to get along well with children and other pets, making them an excellent addition to any family.
They are renowned for being observant and inquisitive, and they take pleasure in discovering new places. American Curls often do not meow excessively and are not very noisy. They are reputed to be easy-going cats who enjoy lounging around the house and spending time with their family.
They are known to be adaptable cats who can adapt to a variety of environments, whether they are in a small apartment or a large house. They are affectionate and loyal cats who enjoy spending time with their owners and have a strong bond with them.
In terms of grooming requirements, the American Curl is a low-maintenance breed.
The American Curl's semi-long coat requires regular grooming to keep it looking good and preventing matting. The breed is classified as a moderate shedder, which means it sheds a moderate amount of hair but not as much as some other breeds.
Brushing on a regular basis can help to remove loose hair and reduce shedding. Brushing your cat's coat at least once a week can help reduce hair loss and keep their coat shiny and healthy.
To preserve their shape and prevent damage, the American Curl's distinctively curled ears need specific care. They should be handled gently when cleaning to remove dirt and any wax buildup.