American Curl Cats

The American Curl is a medium size cat with either a semi-longhaired or shorthaired coat. Its ears curl back and away from the head, creating a surprised expression. The American Curl is a relatively new breed of cat, after only being developed in southern California in 1981.

Weight of American Curl Cats

The ideal weight for an American Curl is  3-5 kg  (7-11lbs)

Lifespan of American Curl Cats

A healthy American Curl should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 13-15 years.

Litter size American Curl Cats

The average litter size is arround 3-5 kittens.

About the American Curl

The most distinguishing feature of the American Curl is the way its ears turn backwards in a crescent shape. This is due to a genetic change in the cartilage of the ear. The gene that controls this characteristic is the dominant gene, so a cat that has one gene for straight ears and one for curled ears, will have curled ears.

American Curl kittens are actually born with straight ears, and their ears don’t start to turn outwards until a couple of days after birth. American Curls are prone to sunburn and skin cancer as the inner part of the ear is exposed to UV light.

American Curl temperament

The American Curl is an affectionate, undemanding and intelligent cat. It is a breed which is quite content to live in an apartment and have an indoor life. It tends to be quiet and un-vocal compared to oriental breeds.

Sadly, American Curls are rarely seen here in the U.K. and they are not recognised by the G.C.C.F. so do not feature in cat shows.