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LaPerm

LaPerm

A Curly-Coated Lap Cat

Active, affectionate, gentle

LaPerms are friendly, inquisitive, and loving cats. This breed loves to give and receive attention and gets along great with children and other pets. LaPerms make great companions for apartment dwellers, families with children, senior citizens, singles, and those with other pets.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Body:Medium-sized, strong, slender Coat:Moderately soft, thick, curly

Length of fur
3

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
2

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: LaPerms need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. 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 they won’t drink water from their bowl, try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: It requires little maintenance to keep their hair curly. Shorthaired LaPerms need to grooming every few weeks. Longhaired LaPerms need weekly grooming.

Dental: LaPerms can have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

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

LaPerms are an active and mischievous companion with the look of innocence. They are well suited to active homes with multiple pets.

Positive Traits:

  • Has a quiet or soft voice

  • Loves jumping and being in high places

  • Highly interactive and playful with owners

  • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

Negative Traits:

  • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

  • Strong hunting instinct – will chase anything flying or scampering

  • May be mischievous if not given enough attention


Whether you are considering adding a new LaPerm 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 LaPerm will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the LaPerm 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 symptoms to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a LaPerm could encounter:

The LaPerm was first discovered on a cherry farm in Oregon in 1982. The soft, curly hair of the LaPerm was a natural mutation found in a litter of barn cats. LaPerms come in a variety of colors and patterns and can be either shorthaired or longhaired. The outgoing LaPerm is extremely affectionate and is content to lay on your lap for hours or even to ride around on your shoulders. Many LaPerms have dog-like traits; they can be trained to leash walk and love to play fetch.

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

  • Lethargy, pale gums

  • Red, itchy or smelly skin or ears

  • Shaking head or one ear tilted abnormally

  • Care

    Routine Care: LaPerms need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. 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 they won’t drink water from their bowl, try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: It requires little maintenance to keep their hair curly. Shorthaired LaPerms need to grooming every few weeks. Longhaired LaPerms need weekly grooming.

    Dental: LaPerms can have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

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

  • Characteristics

    LaPerms are an active and mischievous companion with the look of innocence. They are well suited to active homes with multiple pets.

    Positive Traits:

    • Has a quiet or soft voice

    • Loves jumping and being in high places

    • Highly interactive and playful with owners

    • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

    Negative Traits:

    • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

    • Strong hunting instinct – will chase anything flying or scampering

    • May be mischievous if not given enough attention


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new LaPerm 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 LaPerm will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the LaPerm 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 symptoms to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a LaPerm could encounter:

  • History

    The LaPerm was first discovered on a cherry farm in Oregon in 1982. The soft, curly hair of the LaPerm was a natural mutation found in a litter of barn cats. LaPerms come in a variety of colors and patterns and can be either shorthaired or longhaired. The outgoing LaPerm is extremely affectionate and is content to lay on your lap for hours or even to ride around on your shoulders. Many LaPerms have dog-like traits; they can be trained to leash walk and love to play fetch.

  • Watch Out For

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

    • Lethargy, pale gums

    • Red, itchy or smelly skin or ears

    • Shaking head or one ear tilted abnormally

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