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Facts About the American Curl Cat Breed.

In this video, we will try to answer all your questions about the American Curl cat breed, like why do their ears curl backward? Do their curly ears affect their hearing?

If curly cuties are your thing, then you’ve got to take a peek at the perfectly unique American Curl, a forever kitten with the most unique ears you’ve ever seen. She’s got personality, plus loves everyone and does well in new situations. This is a cat breed that will make your own ears perk up.

1. How do those American Curl ears, get their shape exactly?

At birth, the American Curl sports straight ears, but three to five days later those ears start to curl backward. It’s not until she reaches 4 months of age, however, that her ears take on their forever shape, ranging from almost straight to a 90 to 180degree curve. It’s the curvature of the ear that determines whether the American Curl is pet material or showfloor quality.

2. Do those curly ears affect their hearing?
The curledback shape of the ears doesn’t affect her hearing at all. Similar to those of a Lynx, the American Curl’s ears, which are made of cartilage, feature outwardfacing tufts of fur that add a regal, sweptback look to her appearance but make her no more likely to have hearing problems. It’s a good idea to check her ears weekly for wax buildup — just to be on the safe side.

3. How did the American Curl breed come to be?
The American Curl is one of the youngest breeds to grace the cat world. Discovered in June 1981 in Lakewood, California, the first American Curl was a black beauty named Shulamith. She later gave birth to a litter of kittens, all sporting her trademark curled ears, and a new breed was, as they say, born.

4. This breed also sports a terrific tail.
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The ears may turn heads, but the American Curl’s plumelike tail, which is so reminiscent of a feather boa, is another physical trait that hooks feline fanciers, and ups the elegant ante of the breed as a whole.

While their curled ears may be their namesake feature, the breed has other defining features as well. Large, walnutshaped eyes are a trademark, and they can come in a variety of colors from blue to amber to yellow.

Also: they won’t cover your house in hair. American curls have a silky coat and little undercoat, so they don’t require much grooming, and shedding is very minimal.

5. American Curl cats are known for opening doors and cabinets.

American Curls are known for being mischevious.

The American Curl has a knack for mastering mischievous acts. One of her special talents? Opening doors, this includes turning doorknobs and cabinets. A word to the wise, If there’s a closed door within her reach, tuck your goods away elsewhere to keep them safe from prying paws.

6. This breed loves to be up high.
She’s known to be a big fan of fetch and loves to fly high through the house. She’s also quite fond of perching on her human’s shoulders and assisting with kitchen duties.

7. An American Curl cat makes a great alarm clock alternative.
The American Curl takes her job as wakeup caller very seriously. The moment that alarm rings, the American Curl rouses herself from sleep, kisses your nose, gives your eyelids a few pats and promptly begins licking your hair to ensure that you’re up and at ’em on time. No late arrivals to work on her watch.

8. This breed is a friend to all.
Similar to a dog in terms of attentiveness, the American Curl is all about her humans, remaining faithful, loving and affectionate in any and all situations. Think of her as your sassy little soul mate. A highly adaptable social breed, the American Curl loves everyone, regardless of age or species. Additionally, she handles new situations with poise and ease, so freakouts aren’t something to worry about when it comes to this feline.

9. American Curls aren’t inclined to be as vocal as other cats.

Though boisterous in personality, the American Curl is quite the quiet kitty. As opposed to being talkative, she tends to vocalize her thoughts in a more subdued manner, via trilllike coos that act as music to your ears.

10. This cat breed loves a good headbutt.
Forget the fist. When it comes to greeting her faves, the American Curl prefers a soft head bump that shows how much she cares, perfect for those who are looking for a cuddle buddy.


16. This breed has a high age expectancy.

The average life of this cat is about 12 years but they can live up to 20 years as well. The idea of owning a pet that lives for such a long time is amazing, isn’t it?

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