Lovable and curious, American Curls love spending time with their families and participating in their every move, like unpacking groceries or watching TV. They love attention and being talked to, but are not noisy cats. They make a quiet “cooing” sound when they talk to their families and quietly nudge them for attention.
They love to greet their families with a soft bump to the head and show affection by patting and nuzzling against its owner’s face. Naturally clever and inquisitive, the Curl often spends a considerable amount of time exploring its environment or playing games.
Curls are playful and known as the “Peter Pan” of the cat world because they retain their kitten-like playfulness into their later years.
They enjoy daily exercise and can entertain themselves with just about anything left on the floor. Cat trees and indoor perches are recommended for climbing and jumping. They love to play and can even learn to fetch, but when they are ready for a break they will happily settle onto the nearest lap.
Curls are family-oriented, adapt easily and enjoy the company of other cats or cat-friendly dogs.
In 1981 American breeders discovered an unusual cat in California. They were surprised by the unusual shape of the pet’s ears. Breeders took her with them, and soon the cat had kittens. The kittens had the same unusual ear shape as their mother.
Soon, a new breed of cats called the American Curl began.
Official confirmation of the existence of this new breed was made only in 1986. And in the early 1990s, these cats earned the right to participate in various exhibitions and were able to receive titles.
Over the years of the breeding, many shades of fur have appeared. However, the main feature of the breed was its ears.
American curls are known for their unusual ears, which are wrapped outward at the tips. This gives the pets a look of alertness and makes them very cute. The unusual structure of the auricles makes caring for the ears very important. They need to be cleaned regularly and very carefully. It should be remembered that the cat does not like being touched by the ears. This should be explained to children and all guests at home. Besides the fact that this is not pleasant for the animal, smoothing the ears can cause disturbance and pain in the auricle.
The hair of short-haired curls will not have to be looked after much. It is enough to comb them with a brush once a week or remove dead fur with a rubber glove.
As for long-haired animals, they have an undercoat. Therefore, they need frequent combing. During molting, cats are combed out at least once every 2 days.