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American Curl

AmericanCurl

Peter Pan Cat

Silky, Minimal undercoat

American Curls are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of American Curls, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the American Curl and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Semi-foreign, rectangle Coat:Silky, Minimal undercoat

Length of fur
3

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: American Curls need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she will not drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: Her short hair sheds little and requires brushing only as needed.

Dental: American Curls have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

American Curls are affectionate, gentle, and adaptable; a unique companion for the entire family.

Positive Traits:

  • Has a quiet or soft voice

  • May remain playful as a kitten throughout her life

  • Loves jumping and being in high places

  • Laid back - gets along with cat-friendly dogs and kids

  • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

Negative Traits: 

  • Ears require frequent cleaning

  • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

  • People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time

  • Can become overweight easily if not exercised regularly


Whether you are considering adding a new American Curl to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every American Curl will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the American Curl you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues an American Curl could encounter:

Heart Disease

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

Renal Failure

Hyperthyroidism

Diabetes

Allergies or Atopy

American Curls trace their ancestry to a single, long haired black cat from Lakeland, California named Shulamith. Found on the porch of Joe and Grace Ruga in 1981, her unusual, curly ears and winning personality turned these casual pet owners into breeders, founding a line that would be officially recognized as a certified breed in 1986.

Despite the genetic mutation that causes their ears to fold back, researchers found them to be generally free of inherited maladies that affect many other breeds. People oriented and intelligent, Curls retain their kittenish qualities late into life, making them the Peter Pan of cats. Their dog like tendency to follow their owners about and natural respect of other household pets, makes them excellent family companion.

Consult with a veterinarian if your American Curl shows signs of the following:

  • weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

  • voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

  • abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

  • Care

    Routine Care: American Curls need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she will not drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: Her short hair sheds little and requires brushing only as needed.

    Dental: American Curls have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    American Curls are affectionate, gentle, and adaptable; a unique companion for the entire family.

    Positive Traits:

    • Has a quiet or soft voice

    • May remain playful as a kitten throughout her life

    • Loves jumping and being in high places

    • Laid back - gets along with cat-friendly dogs and kids

    • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

    Negative Traits: 

    • Ears require frequent cleaning

    • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

    • People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time

    • Can become overweight easily if not exercised regularly


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new American Curl to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every American Curl will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the American Curl you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues an American Curl could encounter:

    Heart Disease

    Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

    Renal Failure

    Hyperthyroidism

    Diabetes

    Allergies or Atopy

  • History

    American Curls trace their ancestry to a single, long haired black cat from Lakeland, California named Shulamith. Found on the porch of Joe and Grace Ruga in 1981, her unusual, curly ears and winning personality turned these casual pet owners into breeders, founding a line that would be officially recognized as a certified breed in 1986.

    Despite the genetic mutation that causes their ears to fold back, researchers found them to be generally free of inherited maladies that affect many other breeds. People oriented and intelligent, Curls retain their kittenish qualities late into life, making them the Peter Pan of cats. Their dog like tendency to follow their owners about and natural respect of other household pets, makes them excellent family companion.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your American Curl shows signs of the following:

    • weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    • increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

    • voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

    • abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

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