American Curl Cat: The Breed with the Curved Ears

American Curl Cat: The Breed with the Curved EarsOne 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 Span15 years
SizeMedium Size.
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HypoallergenicNo
Attention NeedsMedium
NoiseLow
PatternAll colors and Patterns
GroomingLow

Conclusion

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.

 

Birman : Cat Breeds

Birman : Cat Breeds

Birman cats are believed to have originated in the Asian country Burma. It is believed that the Birman cat was considered extremely sacred and were secretly shipped to France in the year 1920.

History

The history of the birman cats can be traced to the Burmese temple of LaoTsun where the first Birman cats were believe to have yellow eyes and white coats. They were companions of Kittah priests. The goddess, who was worshiped in the temple, had beautiful blue eyes. One such priest named Mun-Ha had a beautiful cat named Sinh. One day the temple was looted and Mun-Ha was murdered. At the time of death, Sinh placed his feet on his master and faced the goddess. During this time Sinh’s coat turned golden and eyes became blue and his paws remained white as a symbol of purity. Sinh died a week later but the colors of all the temple cats had changed. Since then Birman cats have golden coats and round blue eyes.

Body type

Birman cats are known by their stocky body and long fur, that may not be as thick as those found on the bodies of Persian cats. They are known by their short ears and sparkling blue eyes.

Coat

These cats have a silky color point coat that is usually light shades of gold and the colors of eggshells, but the hair on face, legs and ears are of darker shades. Another extraordinary feature is these color printed cats always have white paws that are commonly known as gloves. Birman cats have thick coats but their fur does not usually get tangled or matted.

Colors

Birman breeds have light colored bodies marked with darker points. Birman cats have beautiful golden coloration in lilac points, seal point, cream point, blue cream point and lilac point.

Size

Birman cats are medium sized but they appear to be much bulkier because of their thick coats.

Average life span

To date, the oldest Birman cat is believed to have lived up to 16 years of age with the average lifespan being 12-14 years.

Appearance

Birman cats have always held a place of reverence and their ethereal beauty makes them more enchanting. These cats, even though average in size, appear like cotton balls because of their fluffy coats. These cats are known for their lovely round blue eyes and white glove likes paws.With an average build but an extremely furry coat, the birman colors are golden and cream, with lovely blue eyes. The cats have a distinct heavy jaw, Roman nose and full chin set in a very strong face. They are known by their famous white paws.

Personality

These playful creatures can become your best buddy as they remain active even into their old age. They are good at reading their owners moods and will provide you space when you are tired or working.

Physical development

Birman kittens are born absolutely white and start developing their dark point colors within a couple of weeks of birth. The early traces of colors are seen on the ears, tails and nose. By the age of two they get their full color points.

Caring for

Because of the light colored coats, a regular grooming is required to make Birman cats appear neat and clean. Though the fur of Birman cats does not mat, regular brushing will result in smooth and shiny coat.

Health

Birmans are generally healthy. They do have common health concerns that plague other cats. These include obesity, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and kidney disease.

Korat : Cat Breeds

Korat : Cat Breeds

Originating in Thailand, this cat is known as the Korat cat. In ancient Thailand it was called the Si-Sawat cat or feline. The contemporary name was given by King Rama of Siam. All this happened in Thailand after he was gifted the cat. Actually, the King wanted to know where the cat came from and he was told that it belonged to a plateau known as Korat, hence the name. They were however, introduced in the United States in the year 1959. They have been exported to Thailand on a regular basis, while Korat kittens are exported on a regular basis around the globe.

History

The Korat happens to be one of the most ancient bred cats. The initially originated in Thailand and then spread around the world. They are often referred to as a good luck charm. They are gifted as a sign of love and were not sold until recently. However, they are gifted only in pairs.

Body type

The Korat is not a cumbersome cat and the body fat is very low. This being the case’ they may appear to be light weight. However, the truth is that their bones are very heavy. Both the genders have a cavernous chest and so the sounds made by them may sound hideous at times, especially in the mating season.

Coat

The head of this feline happens to be heart shaped. They possess a single coat and this means there is no protection under the coat. This makes them susceptible to harsh weather at times.

Colors

The coat is naturally silver blue; however, the silver becomes more vivid with age. The colors of the eyes are of a green hue and this enhances with age.

Size

The tom cats of this species weigh 9 pounds and the gentler gender weighs about 7 pounds.

Average life span

They can live up to 17 years of age if cared for properly.

Personality

The Korat is a very headstrong feline with distinct likes and dislikes but is very playful in nature. If they are kept as pets, then the human territory they occupy becomes their own, which includes laps. They tend to be an energetic cat who enjoys learning tricks, playing fetch and even walking on leash. They enjoy the company of other animals but prefer other Korats as companions.

Appearance

The Korat is of a medium stature and has short hair. They have a cavernous chest and are well muscled. They have a singular coat; which is of a blue hue mostly.

Development

The Korat does not grow more than that of a medium size cat.

Caring for

Korat’s are easy to keep as pets because they will let you know what they want. They will insist on eating what you eat; however, this can prove to be unhealthy and cause obesity. The Korat’s short coat requires little grooming. Brush it weekly to remove any dead hairs. Bathing is rarely necessary.

Health

The Korat is liable to suffer from a fatal genetic condition that comes in two forms: GM-1 and GM-2 gangliosidosis. Fortunately, a genetic test can identify carriers before they are bred.

Manx : Cat Breeds

 

This breed of tailless cats originated on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea .It was there that a small population of these beautiful cats were discovered. In the UK, manxes have been participating in exhibitions since the end of the 19th century. In the US, they were first introduced in 1899, the CFA officially recognized it in 1920.

Appearance

The most characteristic difference is the absence of a tail. Significantly longer hind legs give the manxes a specific “rabbit” gait. They differ in the rounded shape of the eyes, head, body and legs. Male manx cats are much larger than females. Many Manx have a small stub of a tail, but Manx cats are best known as being entirely tailless; this is the most distinguishing characteristic of the breed, along with elongated hind legs and a rounded head. Manx cats come in all coat colors and patterns, though all-white specimens are rare, and the coat range of the original stock was more limited. Long-haired variants are sometimes considered a separate breed, the Cymric.

Personality

The Manx is considered a social and gregarious cat, and very attached to humans, but also shy around strangers. The breed is said to be highly intelligent, playful, and in its behavior is similar to dogs. For example, like some Maine Coons and a few other breeds, Manx cats often learn to fetch small thrown objects. They may also follow their owners about like puppies, and are believed to be more advanced in learning simple verbal commands than most cat breeds.

Health

Both pedigreed cats and mixed-breed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic in nature. Manx are generally healthy, but arthritis of the tailbone in cats with partial tails is common. Also corneal dystrophy, a cloudiness that begins to develop when a kitten is approximately 4 months old is associated with this breed. Manx syndrome is a collection of birth defects that may include a spine that is too short, urinary tract defects, and problems with the bowels and digestion. This condition affects approximately 20 percent of Manx cats, most often rumpies (no tail at all), and usually shows up by the time a kitten is 4 months old.

 

Persian : Cat Breeds

The Persian cat is an ancient breed with a bit of a clouded history. In the 17th century, Pietro della Valle brought a cat from Persia to Italy to add to the breeding program. This cat may well have been a cat known in Persia as the Sand Cat, a cat who lived in the desert. This Sand Cat had a woolly coat, much like a steel soap pad in order to protect her from the environment and allow her to live in the sand.

About a hundred years later, Nicolas de Pereisc acquired some long haired cats. The cats came from Turkey, which is also the home to the Turkish angora, a different breed of long haired cat. In the 19th century, the descendants of these Turkish cats were bred with some cats from Italy, and that was the beginning of the modern Persian. Although this breed is ancient, it is considered man made.

The popularity of the Persian was enhanced when Queen Victoria and other royals fell in love with this stunning breed. They were introduced into the United States at the end of the 19th century, where they were soon popular.

Appearance

The Persian cat is a large to medium-sized cat, with a well-balanced body and a sweet expression on its face. It has a large, round head, small ears and a comparatively short tail. The breed was originally created with a short  muzzle, but over time this feature has become extremely exaggerated, particularly in North America.

The coat on a Persian cat is thick, full and long. The fur is fine, but should be lustrous and glossy. This breed features solid, bi-color, calico and tabby varieties, which can include a multitude of colors and patterns. The Solid Persian  may be colored white, blue, black, red, cream, chocolate and/or lilac.  All have brilliant copper eyes, except the pristine white solid color, which may be copper, deep blue or a combination of blue and copper. The Persian Bi-color features a combination of colors as well as patterns of tabby. All have brilliant copper eyes, except the silver tabby with white, which may have green or hazel eyes. The Persian Calico has a white coat splashed with vivid patches of red and black. The dilute calico is patched with blue and cream and chocolate. Lilac calicos have patches of chocolate and red or lilac and cream. The Persian Tabby is known for being extroverted and may come in three patterns, classic, mackerel and patched.

Personality

Persians and are extremely intelligent and love to play, but lack curiosity that other cats possess. A Persian makes for an ideal companion, especially if you’re looking for a sweet and docile cat. While it is extremely affectionate and enjoys being petted, it is not the sort of cat that will demand attention. Persians are devoted to their humans, but can be selective in conferring that honor. They crave affection and love but along with trust, it must be earned by humans.

Health

Persians are susceptible to a number of health problems but specifically their sinuses and breathing. In addition, Persians with short muzzles have dust and debris accumulate inside of the nostrils, making it difficult to breathe. Owning a Persian requires a significant time commitment. That beautiful coat requires daily grooming to keep it in good condition and free of mats