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August 29, 2018 |0 min read

Everything You Need to Know About American Curl Cats

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If you’re a cat lover and are thinking about inviting a new feline into your home, the American Curl cat might be a great option for you! We know that there are plenty of cat breeds out there to choose from and plenty of factors to consider when deciding on a new member of your household. Cats have different needs when it comes to their home environment and the kind of care they require so it’s important to choose one that will be a good fit for your house and lifestyle. Read on to learn more about the American Curl cat and what you can expect from this fantastic feline.

Background on American Curl Cats

The American Curl cat can be traced back to 1981, when a stray, long-haired black female cat with curled ears turned up at a home in Lakewood, California. All pedigrees trace their origin back to this simple encounter. She later gave birth to a litter of kittens, all showcasing her trademark curled ears and a new breed was born!

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American Curl Cat Distinguishing Features

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The signature characteristic of the American Curl cat is the unusual ears. Which curl backward instead of standing up in a point like most cats. It is a medium-size cat weighing in at about five to 10 pounds and they live 13 years on average. The coat can be short-haired or long-haired and can come in any color or pattern. American Curl cats have long, plume-like tails and are generally well-muscled cats with a long body that helps them leap up onto high perches! Their curled back ears don’t affect their hearing at all.

American Curl Cat Personality

The American Curl cat is very lively and joyous and loves to explore. If you’re interested in a cat is sociable and good with kids, this might be a great choice for you. They are also capable of getting along with other cats and with cat-friendly dogs in the home. They love to play and are known for being slightly mischievous - opening cabinets and doors is one of their skills! Because they are such social creatures, they don’t like to be alone for long periods like many other cat breeds. This means it’s a good idea to consider your schedule as they can develop separation anxiety if everyone in the house is absent for long stints.

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Caring for an American Curl Cat

If you are bringing an American Curl cat into your home, it’s good to understand a little about their needs. They are generally healthy cats but it’s always wise to choose a reputable breeder who provides a written health guarantee. Once you have your cat in your new home, one of the easiest ways to protect his health is to make sure he gets plenty of exercise and doesn’t overeat. Long-haired Curl cats should be combed twice a week to prevent or remove mats and tangles. The only other grooming necessary is nail trimming and teeth brushing unless your veterinarian recommends other care.

For cat lovers who are interested in finding a fun, friendly and interactive cat for the home, the American Curl cat might be a fantastic choice! They are very adaptable to new spaces and can provide a lifetime of loyal love in the right household.


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Christina Scamporrino

Christina Scamporrino is a lifelong animal lover and began working in the petcare space in 2019. Christina’s passion for the community of feline owners and enthusiasts have led her to designing premium packaging for PrettyLitter cat litter, PrettyPlease dry food, wet food, and treats, and a litter box designed to solve common litter box issues.

Outside of her professional work in the petcare space, Christina is a longtime kitten foster and has worked with several cat rescues throughout Southern California. When given the option, she favors orange cats, but loves all cats equally.