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The American Curl cat is a well-muscled animal. It has a long body when compared to the overall size. The cat, however, cannot be called large. The bones are medium sized. The American Curl is not a delicate animal. The eyes are shaped like a walnut and fixed to a wedge-shaped head. The tail of this breed is a long one. The unique feature of American Curl cats is that their ears curl backward. The ears are big and also curve on 90 degrees smooth arc. The ear has natural fur, and they are clearly observed. The ear tips are flexible, and you could touch them without complaints from the kitty. The texture of the coat is a silky one, regardless of whether the specific American Curl cat has long hair or short hair. The length of hair on long-haired American Curl cats are semi-long and not long. This breed of cat comes in all patterns or colors.
The history of the
American Curl cat begins in California in 1981. Joe Ruga and Grace Ruga
found a kitten which they discovered had unique characteristics. The kitten had
ears which curled backward. The kitten was taken into care by the Rugas, and it
was given the name Shulamith. The latter became the cornerstone of the American Curl breed. When Shulamith gave
birth to kittens, two of them had the same characteristic. Not only that, one
kitten with curled ears was shorthaired and did not possess Shulamith's long
coat. Car aficionados soon began to take notice of Shulamith and her kittens.
The new breed, subsequently named
American Curl, came into existence. Many people were soon interested in
breeding such unique cats and then exhibiting them. This breed soon earned a
few championship accolades during cat shows.
The American Curl makes a lively animal. It is
interested in humans, and you will get along superbly with your cat. This breed
of cat loves daily exercise. They like nothing more than to climb trees and
jump from perches. If there is sufficient exercise space, this breed of cat can
maintain its weight without much problem.
American Curl cats love interactive play; although it cannot be termed a
lap cat, the American Curl loves human
company. Male American Curl can weigh in any region from
eight pounds to 12 pounds. For females, the weight is much less with below
eight pounds. The American Curl can live
anywhere from eight years to 13 years. The shedding tendency of this cat is a
moderate one. It also has moderate attention or social needs. The cat does not
require much grooming and is not a less allergenic animal.