La Perm Longhair Cat Breed

LaPerms are recognized for their curly, soft, and low-maintenance coats. They are very loving and are known to sit on their human companion and their families' laps. They are not commonly vocal but appear to understand human moods and react respectively.

Laidback and playful, these cats' strong bond with their families makes them excellent companions for children, those who live alone and the disabled. They love human and animal companionship and should not be left alone frequently without a companion.

Compared to other cat breeds, LaPerms is quite content in being a lap cat. They are very gentle, affectionate and will frequently follow their human lead. In fact, even if they are busy playing, once you pick them up and put them on your lap, they will stay and enjoy the affection and attention you give them. LaPerms love and enjoy human contact. They will purr as soon as they see you. And because of their curious nature, they always need to know what is going on around the household. To show their never-ending love, expect them to reach for your face using their paws and rub their faces against your face, head or neck.

LaPerm cats are not a "potato couch". They are attentive, intelligent, and energetic cats with high curiosity and independence. They enjoy being involved in everything their families are doing. They can regularly be found following their human companion around their home and cutely tapping their legs to get their attention.

LaPerm cats remain energetic and playful throughout their adulthood, but they will never miss a chance to cuddle up on their human's lap or around their neck. Ping pong balls and toy mice are recommended, and a tall cat tree so they can jump and climb to supervise the surroundings.

These gorgeous cats are definitely different from the other breeds because of their distinct appearance and amazing people-oriented personalities. Once a LaPerm graces your home, you may only consider having another one. This cat breed never ceases to captivate almost anyone who sees them. Imagine running your fingers through their unique coat; it is hard to stop. With their appearance, intelligence, and personality, it is no wonder why LaPerm is becoming one of the most popular breeds worldwide. 

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Breed Information

Size:
Small
Height:
15-25 cm
Weight:
4-7 kg
Life Span:
10-15 years
Temperament:
Intelligent, Sweet, Active, Friendly, Loving, Sociable, Gentle, Affectionate
Coat:
Long
Colours:
Variety
Energy Level:
High
Registration:
GCCF, TICA, CFA, FIFe
Country of Origin:
United States of America
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  • Grooming: Twice a Week 6/10
  • Shedding: Low 2/10
  • Hypoallergenic: Low 2/10
  • Activity Level: High 10/10
  • Playfulness: High 10/10
  • Friendliness to other pets: High 10/10
  • Friendliness to children: High 10/10
  • Affection towards itโ€™s owners: High 10/10
  • Vocality: Low 2/10
  • Intelligence: High 10/10
  • Independence: Low 2/10

History

Linda Koehl watched Speedy, a brown tabby cat, had a litter of six kittens in a barn in her cherry orchard on March 1st, 1982. She witnessed the birth of a new "Rex" cat breed mutation where a skinny, long, hairless kitten with large wide-spaced ears and a tabby pattern showing in their skin like a tattoo. At its six weeks, the kitten developed a sparse curly shorthaired coat with a brown classic tabby pattern. The kitten was named Curly. As she grows and matures, Curly developed a soft wavy coat.

Over time, more curly-coated cats were developed and captivated visitors of the farm who told Linda she had something special. She entered these six cats in a cat show to see what the audience thought. From then, she began a breeding program and established her unique cats as the LaPerm breed.

The International Cat Association accepted LaPerm for a championship competition in 2003. 

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Appearance

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LaPerms can have anything from a wavy coat to ringlet type curls that can also range from long corkscrew curls to tight ringlets. The tightest curls can be found on their underside, on their throat area, and at the base of their ears. The longhaired cat is commonly blessed with a curly plumed tail and frequently displays a full, curly ruff. Their coat is moderately soft, yet each of their coat is particularly unique. The shorthaired cat has more texture to their coat than the longhaired variety. It does not have the ruff; however, they have a "bottle-brush" type tail, and their coat is commonly stands away from their body, parting down the middle.

LaPerm cats come in every standard colour and coat pattern. Some kittens in a litter can be born hairless, but most of them have straight hair or short wavy hair at birth. LaPerm kittens frequently go virtually totally bald, starting with a spot on the tops of their heads. This development begins typically when the LaPerm kittens are about two weeks old. Moreover, they can be in different stages of baldness during their first four months or so. Their coat will usually come back in and will always be curly if the cat was born curly.

Coat variations throughout their life range from moulting that can leave a thin coat to a possible full coat after neutering or spaying.

This cat breed is a naturally occurring mutation that brings forth both short and longhaired cats. They are medium-sized with a semi-foreign type body. All colours are acceptable, and all their body parts are in proportion to their size. LaPerm appears alert and seems like walking high on their legs. Its coat texture is distinctly different compared to any other Rex mutation, and it varies within the cat breed. Their whiskers are long and curly. Their ear furnishing and eyebrow hairs may also appear curly and may grow long enough to curl into their eyes. The ideal LaPerm will have a moderately soft but textured coat that is loose and bouncy, standing away from their body, resembling a "Gypsy Shag". They have ringlet type curls at the base of their ears and on the underside of their neck running into their ruff on the longhaired version. Their coat should be free of matting and should not too thick or heavy. 

Personality

LaPerm cats are gentle and loving but also very energetic. Compared to other active breeds, the LaPerm is also quite happy to be a lap cat. LaPerm cats will frequently follow your lead, and they seek human touch and will purr as soon as they become mindful of your presence. They are curious by nature and will always want to know what is going on in their surroundings. LaPerm cats will reach for your face with their paws and rub their faces against your neck, head, and face.

LaPerm cats are different from any other cat breed because of their unique appearance and people-oriented characters. The cat breed has fascinated approximately everyone who has the chance of seeing one. Once a LaPerm cat graces your home, you will have a hard time thinking of living with any other cat breed, and you may find it essential to have more than one. In addition, you will learn that listening to their purring and seeing how intelligent they can be as you train will give you that fluttering feeling of respect and love for the LaPerms. 

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Trainability

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Because of their intelligence and inquisitive nature, Laperms are easy to train. Start them early by teaching them simple tasks like using the scratching post, feeding bowl and litter boxes. As they grow and get used to learning, you can teach them more complex commands, tricks, and games, such as retrieving games and playing fetch. It is vital for LaPerms to play interactive and puzzle toys to inspire their bright minds continuously. They would love interacting with their human companion as they crave affection, attention, and interaction. Remember to provide treats when they obey a command, perform a trick, or just by simply behaving during their training sessions.

When a LaPerm cat is properly trained and familiarized at an early stage, they will thrive into being a well-behaved and well-rounded family pet. 

Coat & Care

Their coats are low shedding, light, and hardly matt or tangle since they are without a heavy undercoat. Using a wide-toothed comb to brush them is ideal; however, bathing and brushing are not needed as they are meant to appear a little untidy.

Their curly coats are lighter during summer, with some loss of their undercoat and on their neck for coolness. While in winter, mature Longhair LaPerms will have a full ruff and plumed tail. Shorthair LaPerm cats are not as affected seasonally and have a springy feel and a bottle brushtail.

To keep their coat healthy and on tiptop condition as they grow up and mature:

  1. Train them to get used to grooming as early as kittenhood.
  2. Use a very soft brush to gently brush their coat to eliminate dead hairs and dirt from accumulating, leading to hairball.
  3. Make it an enjoyable experience for your LaPerm so they would effortlessly submit themselves for grooming.
  4. As part of their training, reward them for good behaviour to encourage them.

Examine your LaPerm's ears, and eyes as these two can be prone to infection. To keep their ears clean and healthy, check for any debris, dirt or wax buildup. You can wipe it out using clean cotton balls with an ear cleanser. Remember not to use cotton swabs, which can irritate or damage your cat's inner ear structure. If you notice any foul odour coming out of their ears, call your vet immediately for care and treatment, as this can be an indication of infection. For their eyes, keep it clean by checking it weekly for dirt, stains and discharge. You can use a clean, soft fabric with a vet-approved eye cleaner to remove any stains or discharge that may lead to infection. Just remember to use a different part of the cloth to prevent any risk of eye infection.

Brush your LaPerm's teeth weekly to avoid tartar buildup and tooth and gum diseases for their dental health. Use a vet-approved pet toothbrush and toothpaste to clean their teeth and mouth effectively. To clean their nails, trim them regularly, as often as twice a month or as needed. Check their paws as well to see if it is healthy, injury and dirt-free.

Make sure that their litter boxes are always clean. Because of their unique curly coat, dirt, debris, and clumped litter can cling to their fur and might be hard to remove. Also, they may ingest these matters and may cause irritation and blockage to their digestive system. Moreover, soiled litter boxes will push your LaPerm to use other areas of the house for their business.

Lastly, it is best to keep your LaPerm as an indoor pet. Not only it will keep them safe from any diseases that they may acquire outdoors; or accidents and animal attacks. Keeping them indoors will keep them off from wandering outside and may intentionally or unintentionally be captured by passersby, who will be captivated by their unique beauty.

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Health

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Being a relatively new cat breed, LaPerms do not have breed-specific diseases. The International Cat Association LaPerm Breed Committee endorses all breeders to conduct DNA tests on all permitted domestic outcrosses before being introduced into the breed pool. 

Children & Other Pets

LaPerms love getting attention and interaction from their families. That's why they are an excellent feline companion for families with children and other pets. Their playfulness is a match for children as they can be taught to play fetch and other interactive games. Just make sure to supervise their interaction to avoid any accidents or hurting the cat due to tail or coat pulling or mishandling.

Bringing a LaPerm home when you have other pets in the household is easy as they can live harmoniously with other cats and cat-friendly dogs. Remember to introduce them gradually in controlled areas to make sure that they learn to get along well first. 

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