LaPerm

LaPerm

This American breed is a curly-coated cat. It was discovered when a kitten displaying a curly-haired trait was born on a farm, confirming that this is a natural mutation. This is not a very widespread breed in Europe but one that is worth paying more attention to.

Key facts about the LaPerm

Life expectancy :

10

25

15

20

Temperament :

Affectionate

Type of coat :

Naked Short Long

Origins and history

To find out where this breed comes from, look to the city of The Dalles in 1982 in the state of Oregon in the United States. One of the cats on a farm was born without hair, and two months later, curly fur appeared. She was named Curly. Curly's own kittens, all males, had the same curly look as their mother. This proved that the gene responsible for this mutation,  which is natural, was a dominant gene. Breeding could begin. It was in 1996 that this breed was recognised by the TICA.

Physical characteristics of the LaPerm

Adult size

Female : Approximately 12 in

Male : Approximately 12 in

These cats reach their adult size at around 1 year old.

Weight

Female : Between 7 and 11 lb

Male : Between 9 and 11 lb

Coat colour

Black
Brown
White
Cream
Blue

Type of coat

Short
Long

Eye colour

Blue
Green
Yellow
Odd-eyed

Description

This curly-haired cat has a rather triangular head and ears with curly hair inside. They have a particularly soft coat with quite a thick undercoat, varying depending on fur length.

Good to know

This breed’s name comes from the fact that it looks as though it has had a perm, just as we humans do when we want curly hair. But this cat is born with curly hair, no perm required!
They will have a total moult once in their life where they will be naked, before their fur regrows, just as curly as before!

Temperament

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    Affectionate

    These cats, with their unique fur will show affection to those who take care of them.

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    Playful

    The LaPerm knows how to show off. Thanks to their strong legs they sprint and leap whenever they please.

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    Calm

    This breed is good at keeping people company and affectionate at all the right times.

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    Intelligent

    Just as smart as other cats.

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    Fairly wary of strangers, your cat will be able to handle new people if they are socialised from a young age and get used to lots of people in the house.

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    Independent

    They appreciate some time to themselves to carry out the activities that please them, like sleeping or grooming themselves.

    Behaviour of the LaPerm

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      Chatty

      Despite having a very soft voice, you won’t hear it very often.

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      Need for exercise / Sporty

      This domestic feline needs a reason to exercise. Use toys to encourage them to run and jump.

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      Tendency to run away

      Their natural curiosity will often mean they will spend their days gazing out the window. It is wise to put up a net or grill on your windows to avoid your cat escaping or falling.

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      Greedy / Gluttony

      Greediness is not a typical trait of these cats but can be a sign that your cat is bored. It is important to entertain your cat to avoid overeating.

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      Compatibility

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        LaPerm and cats

        This cat will not be delighted, initially, to see another cat in the home. But, over time, by offering them each their own living space and places to escape and hide, they will eventually tolerate one another and who knows, maybe become friends.

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        LaPerm and dogs

        Cats and dogs can get on perfectly well if they have time to get used to one another. The cat will need somewhere to hide or to escape to for some alone time. However, over time they will likely start to play together.

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        LaPerm and children

        Overly excited children who are constantly trying to play with the LaPerm are more likely to scare away the cat than to gain their confidence. But with education and supervision, a beautiful relationship can be established between them.

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        LaPerm and the elderly

        In general, a turbulent kitten is not advisable for an elderly person. However, breeders could offer an adult LaPerm that could adapt perfectly to an elderly owner’s lifestyle.

        Price

        On average, the price of a LaPerm kitten is appromately £350. The price varies according to the lineage of the kitten, the breeder, the age at the time of its acquisition or even the sex. For the monthly budget, it will cost on average £25 per month to meet their needs (litter and quality food etc.).

        Grooming

        It is advised to keep an eye on their ears and clean them depending on your vet’s recommendations.

        Shedding

        During the seasonal moults, you should brush your cat weekly or even twice per week, depending on the length of the hair.

        Nutrition of the LaPerm

        A quality feed, recommended by your vet is recommended.

        Health of the LaPerm

        Life expectancy

        Expected to live for 15 to 20 years.

        Strong / robust

        Their coat and undercoat offer good protection against cold weather but less so against hot temperatures.

        Tendency to put on weight

        If not active enough, they could become overweight. Seek your vet’s advice and feed your cat using an interactive bowl. This will slow down the pace at which they eat and will be more fun.

        Common illnesses

        The Laperm can develop the same illnesses as any other cat, such as oral diseases. Some other diseases may appear:

        • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy results in the thickening of the heart muscle, this can cause heart failure, which can result in arrhythmias, lung edema, thrombosis of an artery, etc. Screening is done by means of an echocardiography examination, which is usually renewed annually. A treatment can be administered according to the report of the ultrasound to improve the cat’s comfort.
        • Pyruvate kinase deficiency is a hereditary condition that will cause anemia if the cat is affected. Its life expectancy can be short (one year) or long (ten years), depending on the evolution of this disease. To find out, a DNA test can be performed to find out if the cat is carrying one or both alleles that can cause the disease.

        Reproduction

        On average there are 3 kittens per litter. It is authorised to breed short haired and mid-length haired cats.