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The LaPerm Cat 101 : Breed u0026 Personality

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In today's video, we are going to talk about a cat breed that looks like it just got out of the hair salon.

The LaPerm Cat.

The LaPerm is a small cat, weighing five to eight pounds. He reaches maturity when he is two to three years old.

The LaPerm’s outstanding feature, of course, is his coat, which has loose, bouncy curls, making it light and airy to the touch. Tighter, longer curls surround the neck, forming a ruff and clustering at the base of the ears. The whiskers are also long and curly.

The coat comes in two lengths, short and long, and in any color or pattern. Tabbies, tortoiseshells, and red cats are most common.

Longhaired LaPerms have a plumed tail. The coat’s length and fullness may vary seasonally. It sometimes parts naturally down the middle of the back.

The shorthaired LaPerm, does not necessarily have a ruff, ringlets or “earmuffs,” and the texture of the coat may be harder than that of the longhaired LaPerm. He has a tail with fur that looks wavy, more like a bottlebrush than a plume. The short coat may also part down the middle of the back.

Whatever the length, the LaPerm coat manifests in different ways. Kittens may be born hairless, with straight hair or with curly hair. Both longhaired and shorthaired kittens, can be born in the same litter. You may notice that the name on your kitten’s pedigree includes the letters BC, BS or BB. Those initials indicate whether the kitten was born curly, born straight or born bald, and helps breeders study how the gene is expressed.

The LaPerm’s head is a modified wedge shape, meaning it is slightly rounded. The mediumsize to large ears are slightly flared. Longhaired LaPerms have full furnishings, hair inside the ears, and a covering of fur on and around the outer ears, that oddly enough resembles earmuffs. Expressive eyes can be any color.

The clever LaPerm has a sense of humor. Often described as clownish, he is something of a mischiefmaker, who makes talented use of his paws to open doors, swipe things he wants, or taps you on the shoulder for attention. He’s not clingy, but he likes to be with you and will follow you around just to sit on your shoulder, your lap, or on the top of your computer, whichever option is most convenient for him. He is moderately active and enjoys retrieving items that are thrown for him.

Despite his reputation for getting into things, the LaPerm is pleasant to live with. He rarely uses his voice, and he is affectionate, gentle and patient with his people. Most are also welcoming to visitors, as long as they were well socialized as kittens.

The easygoing but playful LaPerm is well suited to life with families with children, and catfriendly dogs. He can learn tricks, enjoy interactive toys, and thanks you for the attention he receives. Especially from children who treat him politely and with respect. Supervise young children and show them how to pet the cat nicely. Instead of holding or carrying the cat, have them sit on the floor and pet him. Always introduce any pets, even other cats, slowly and in a controlled setting.

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