by Bill Gantz
American Curl Cat and Kitten Information
The American Curl has as her most recognized feature, ears which curl backwards. These ears often have outward fanning tufts that give this cat a look of being swept back. In addition, her tail is hugely plumed and striking. American Curl cats appear in a variety of colors.
The ancestor of all domestic cats is the African Wildcat, the genus Felis Lybica. This genus is comprised of smaller cats. Cats are thought to have been domesticated with the advent of farming and the storage of grain. The grain attracted rats and other vermin which naturally attracted wild cats. As time evolved, certain of these cats were domesticated for the mutual benefit of both cat and man. The African Wildcat has certain features which is obvious in the housecat of today.
This cat breed was started in 1981 in Lakewood, California. A stray that was later named Shulasmith begged a meal from Joe and Grace Ruga. They recognized that this might be a separate breed with the birth of kittens six months later. All bona fide pedigrees are now related to this cat. The American Curl was accepted by the Cat Fanciers Association CFA in 1993 and the International Cat Association TICA in 1987.
Cats who reside in the house should generally visit the veterinarian yearly, unless health problems are evident. Cats who enjoy the outdoors may need to see the vet as many as four times a year. When you take your cat to the vet, be sure to bring along a fresh stool sample so the vet can do a fecal exam to check for worms such as tapeworm, round worm, whip worms and hook worms. The vet can also check for fleas, earmites and other parasites.
A veterinary exam should include a complete dental exam. Decisions about vaccinations can be made at this time. Cats who are eight years of age or older are considered geriatric and additional blood and urine tests may be necessary to screen for any health problems. At about six months of age, the kitten should also be examined for sexual maturity and decisions about birth control should be made.
American Curl cats love the company of people, are very affectionate, enormous curiosity and an even temperament. Terms used to describe the personality of the American Curl Cat include affectionate, energetic, sophisticated, opulent, elegant, dynamic, faithful and even spiritual.
Some American Curl Cat Registries and Clubs
American Curl Cat Club
Cat Fanciers Association CFA
International Cat Association TICA
The Traditional Cat Association, Inc TCA
Canadian Cat Association CCA
The Australian Cat Federation Inc
The American Association of Cat Enthusiasts AACE
American Cat Fanciers Association ACFA
Cat Fanciers Association CFF
United Feline Organization UFO
Cats United International
Caring for American Curl Cat Kittens
Unlike puppies, kittens should not be separated from their mother until twelve to sixteen weeks of age. Very important emotional, mental, medical and developmental stages that the kitten needs to experience happen during this time period and should not be curtailed. Kittens separated from their mother at too young an age often fail to gain weight fast enough, have immunity problems because they have not had enough mothers milk, have eating and eliminating problems, and can have socialization problems.
Every cat and kitten is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your cat or kitten. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.