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American Curl Cat Breed Profile

by Crystal Jordan

American Curl Cat

American Curl Cat

You might be able to guess how the American Curl cat got its name. The feline's unique ears curl out towards their back. They gained in popularity quickly and became champions in the eyes of associations like TICA (the international Cat Association). If you're considering adopting one of these cats there are a few things you might like to know.


History

They are a fairly new breed originating in the early 80's in California. A family found two strays with these characteristic curly earls, one of which stuck around. This led to breeding the interesting cat.

Appearance

They are born with straight ears that curl soon after birth. When they are around six months their ears stop curling. If and when you decide to own one of these felines it is important that you be extremely careful with their ears. You do not want to break cartilage.

There are both long haired and short haired versions of the breed. You will see both types in shows but they require a certain degree of curl. You can expect to see them in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Their markings differ between cats as well so you have a lot of possibilities to choose from.

The price you pay for such a breed will vary depending on their markings, bloodline and the breeder you deal with. Certain CFA clubs promote the breed and are devoted to protecting them. They might be worth looking into if you have any questions or concerns.

No matter what animal you want to adopt you may want to avoid giving money to breeders who do not take care of their animals. You may be faced with expensive medical bills in the future if you do not complete some research first. It is also important for you to know what to expect from an American Curl cat so that you can be certain you will provide the kind of care they need.

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