LaPerm Cat Behavior / Temperament: Affectionate, gentle, patient, gently playful
LaPerm Cat Colors: A huge range of colors and patterns. There is no “typical” color or pattern.
Weight: Female 5 – 8 pounds, Male 7 – 10 pounds
Lifespan: 12 – 15+ years
Low Shedding Cat
LaPerm Cat Origin
As with the Cornish Rex and Devon Rex Cats in the UK, the LaPerm Cat was born as a mutant to a farm cat, in Oregon, USA in the early 1980s. It stayed bald for the first few weeks of its life and then grew curly hair. Initially nothing was done to establish this mutant as a separate cat breed, however, as more “mutants” were born, specific breeding around creating the LaPerm Cat breed was undertaken. So this is a relatively young cat breed.
LaPerm Cat Physical Characteristics
The dominant feature of this cat is the curly coat which ranges from tight ringlets to a gentle wave and this distinctive feature is why it is called a LaPerm cat. The curls are at their tightest on the cat’s belly, throat and base of its ears. Even though the shorthair LaPerm cat is short haired, the tail has longer hair forming a plume. LaPerm kittens can often be born bald and even if they are born with hair, or grow hair initially, it will often fall out in spots, their coat usually settles down after about 4 months.
Coat Care: The easy to maintain coat of the LaPerm only requires grooming with a soft brush or comb a couple of times a week. You can also “set” the curls using a light mist or by running your damp hands through it.
LaPerm Cat Color
Due to its farm beginnings, this cat comes in a large range of colors and patterns.
The LaPerm Cat Behavior / Temperament
The affectionate, gentle, patient nature of the LaPerm is only one of its natural gifts. This cat will follow its pet parent from room to room, sit quietly by your side, or even take a ride around on a willing shoulder. It is a moderately active breed that loves to play and retrieve its favorite toy.