American Curl Cat: The Breed With The Curved Ears

Breeds November 18, 2018



American Curl Cat: The Breed With The Curved Ears

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One look at them and you will be able to identify their breed. What makes them so unique is their little-curved ears, since unlike most cats, they don’t stand straight and are curved to the back. It’s no surprise really, that one the cutest Munchkin cross breeds, the American Curl Munchkin is highly sought after.

The American Curl is a medium-sized breed that comes in multiple colors and patterns. This breed can also be either short-haired or long-haired and their tail is plume-like.

If their odd little ears were not enough to convince you that the American Curl is the breed for you, maybe knowing they are one of the most well-balanced breeds in the sense that they are extremely friendly and want your attention, but also know how to give you some space, will. Here’s everything about this unique cat.

What Is The American Curl History?

This breed’s history, like their curved ears, is very cute and unique. In 1981, a couple named Grace and Joe Ruga found a stray little kitten with curved ears outside their door in California and decided to keep her.

After a few months, the female kitten got pregnant and two of her little baby cats also had the same curved ears. From that point on, the breed was officially born. It happened in 1981, making them a very young breed compared to other cats.

The shape, however, isn’t the only thing unique about their ears. Most cat ears are very soft and can bend quite easily because of their cartilage. For the Curl kitten is a little different, their ears are more like human ears, meaning their cartilage is stronger and their ears are firmer.     

What Are The American Curl Breed Prices And Details About Their Personality?

Have you fallen in love with the personality and cute features of the American Curl cat? If that was enough to make you want to run and buy one for yourself, you might want to know more about their price range because it can be quite high. This breed won’t go for less than $1200 and can get as expensive as $1600, so you might need some planning before buying one.

You will be happy to know, however, that this breed is extremely sociable. They know when to cuddle, sit on your lap or when to give you some necessary space. This cat is also very friendly with children and if you have other cats and dogs, the American Curl will be fine with either.

American Curl Cat Fun Facts

  • Even though they have their famous curved ears, when they are kittens, their ears are straight as other breeds and will start to curve after about 5 days.
  • They have been known to open doors since they are quite curious.
  • They love to be in higher places, so it might be a good idea to have cat towers in your house so they can climb.

How To Groom The American Curl Breed And Health Problems?

This breed is generally healthy and won’t need much special care other than the basic cat care essentials. You’ll only need to brush them once a week and trim their nails. Also make sure to brush their teeth and don’t leave them alone for long periods of time, as they tend to get lonely. Other than that, it is important that you keep an eye on what they eat, as well as to encourage daily exercise.

Although many cat breeds are susceptible to specific diseases, the American Curl breed health problems are limited to the usual dangers most cat breeds have. Also, they do not have any known genetic conditions. If you own one, make sure to get them regular health check-ups and you shouldn’t have any problems.  You can learn more about this breed and other characteristics here:

Life Span 15 years
Size Medium Size
Adopt an American Curl cat
Hypoallergenic No
Attention Needs Medium
Noise Low
Pattern All colors and Patterns
Grooming Low


This adorable breed has everything you need to make it a great addition to any family. If you are someone who enjoys lovable cats but also likes some space, this cat is right for you. Since they are on the expensive side, and if you decide to bring one home, you’ll need to do your research or there is the option to adopt. You now have all the information you need in welcoming an American Curl in to your life.


Amy is the founder of Cat Mania and a Certified NAVC Pet Nutritionist. She is the proud owner of two cats and a dog and her love for animals has led her to a successful career as a freelance writer specializing in pet care, nutrition, and product reviews.
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