Cat Profile: The American Curl

Cat Profile: The American Curl

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Are you familiar with the American Curl? This distinct and sweet little feline is one of the youngest cat breeds! Known for their curled back ears, this cat originated in California in the 1980s. Let’s take a trip down memory lane… 

History of the American Curl

It all started in California – two breeders took in a stray with unique ears. When she gave birth months later, half of them had the same curled ears! This dominant trait took off, and only a few years later, the breed was recognized. 

In 1987, this breed was recognized by the International Cat Association, and the Cat Fanciers’ Association in 1993. The American Curl now is the 27th most popular breed in the U.S. despite its young history. 

American Curl Care

This breed is generally in good health without any concerning predispositions. With their unique ears can come narrow ear canals which can trap wax. This can lead to ear infections that can be recurring. It is a good idea to check out your feline’s ears frequently. 

Did you know you should clean your cat’s ears? If they look dirty, you can wipe them out with a cotton ball or damp cloth. Just like us humans, avoid q-tips! These little ears can be quite sensitive, so be careful and gentle! 

This breed’s coat can be short or long – how neat! Their coats can be easily maintained. Regular brushing is helpful, as usual. The longhaired coat generally has little undercoat which makes it low maintenance. This breed comes in all colors and patterns – stripes, no stripes, gray, brown, orange, white… some even have big blue eyes! 

American Curl Personality 

This cat has been described as “dog-like” due to its playfulness. These smarty-pants have the potential to solve puzzles like opening a door and turning lights on and off! Because of this, it’s ideal for the American Curl to have a stimulating environment.

These furry friends can be quite affectionate and loyal – following in the footsteps of their favorite humans. The American Curl can be a fitting family cat due to their sociability. Make sure you don’t leave them alone for too long, though, as they can get lonely. 

Their Ears

Let’s dive into the American Curl’s namesake – their stunning ears! Check this out… “The curl in their ears starts to develop when they are about a week old and is fully formed by the time they are 5 months old. Throughout that time, they will curl and uncurl” (American Curl)

So, when American Curls are born, it is unclear just who and how many will have these distinct ears! American Curls aren’t the only cats with curled ears, though. Fun fact that the Scottish Fold is a breed known for their folded forward ears which are opposite of the American Curl. 

These adorable little American Curl kitties sure can look like they have a moody face! Their rounded, flipped ears make them look emotive. They sure look like they have some opinions! You may not hear it though as this is a quieter cat breed.


These cool cats can be a great fit for a busy household with youngins, other animals, and plenty of time to play. If you want a cuddle and play buddy with a big brain, this is the breed for you! And, remember to take good care and keep an eye on those distinct ears for best health. 

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