La Perm cats have an elegant look similar to the Siamese, with a wedge-shaped head. The curly coat on both varieties (long and short hair) may vary in length and fullness, depending upon the season and maturity of the cat. Neither has an undercoat. The curls range from tight ringlet-type curls to long corkscrew curls. The tightest curls occur on the underside of the cat on the throat and at the base of the ears. The longhair version has a curly plumed tail and the shorter haired has a 'bottle-brush' type. All types boast a set of long, curly whiskers. The La Perm cat breed may be any colour or pattern. Its eye colours run the gamut of gold through aqua, and also 'odd eyes'.
The La Perm cat's curly or wavy coat is its most remarkable feature. The originator of the breed was found in a litter of ordinary cats on a farm in Oregon in 1986. A single kitten in the litter of six was born bald. Within eight weeks the kitten began to grow very soft, curly hair. At three to four months of age the kitten had a full coat of curly hair found in all La Perms. Unlike other curly coats breeds, such as the Devon Rex cat breed or Cornish Rex cat breed, the La Perm's coat may be short or long. The breed is not common outside America.
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La Perms are gentle cats. They love people and seek out human company. They are very affectionate and enjoy being cuddled and readily learn to fetch as well as many other skills. They are inquisitive by nature always wanting to know what is going on around them. They are generally quiet voiced but may be vocal when wanting attention.
Inherited ailments have yet to be identified in the breed.
Every cat is unique and each has their own particular likes, dislikes, and needs when it comes to food. However, cats are carnivores and every cat must obtain 41 different and specific nutrients from their food. The proportion of these nutrients will vary depending on age, lifestyle and overall health, so it's not surprising that a growing, energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in her diet than a less active senior cat. Other considerations to bear in mind are feeding the right quantity of food to maintain 'ideal body condition' in accordance with feeding guidelines and catering to individual preference regarding wet or dry food recipes.
The La Perm cat's coat requires a minimum of grooming. The coat does not easily mat and it sheds less than other breeds. Bathing and towel drying will help to maintain the curls; blow drying tends to make the hair 'frizz'. As with all cats, regular vaccination and parasite control is recommended.