american curl breed information
common health issues
The first American Curl was born in 1981, when a stray black longhaired kitten with curled ears was found in California and named “Shulamith”. Half of the kittens in her first litter also shared the curled ear quality, which is a dominant genetic mutation. Kittens are born with normal looking ears, but within a few days, the tips begin to curl backwards toward the center of the head.
American Curls can have long or short hair, and come in a wide range of colors and patterns. They are friendly and polite and love human companionship.
The American Curl is a relatively healthy breed. Because Shulamith and the early American Curls were bred with native domestic cats, they may be prone to common feline hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses American Curls are prone to include eye conditions such as glaucoma; thyroid conditions such as hyperthyroidism; chronic conditions such as diabetes; ear infections such as otitis externa; and heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your American Curl inherits more than just a pair of curled-back ears, you’re covered.