The LaPerm cat is a rex breed originating from the United States. This cat breed is unique and differs somewhat from other Rex Cat breeds. They have an athletic and elegant build with an outgoing nature and affectionate personality. The LaPerm is a hypoallergenic cat breed as they have a lower level of allergen than other cat breeds.
The LaPerm's most significant feature is their coat, which consists of soft curls and ringlets, often said to resemble a shaggy perm. Their body is medium-sized, with long legs and neck. The LaPerm has a rather broad nose, medium-sized almond eyes and flared ears. Like with other Rex Cat Breeds, their coat comes in a variety of colours and patterns. Their coat is easy to groom and hardly ever sheds. They do require regular ear cleaning and nail trimming.
The LaPerm was first developed by accident back in the 1980s. Local farmers on a cherry farm noticed the appearance of curly-coated kittens. This then promoted the farmers to contact the Cat Fancier's Association and it was soon discovered that the original curly-coated kitten had a dominate gene that was responsible for the curly-coat which was passed onto her kittens. After a few years, it was then decided to call these curly-coated kittens "LaPerms".
As with most cat breeds, The LaPerm has an inquisitive nature and a love of heights. They’re a busy cat breed and love to be involved in their owners business. They’re particularly fond of riding on their owner's shoulders and climbing to the top of their cat tree to supervise everything going on within their home. As well as being very active, they love to relax on their owner's lap and enjoy being stroked.
The LePerm loves spending time with their loved ones and doesn't like to be left on their own for too long and would, therefore, suit a family whereby one person is at home at all times.
The LePerm requires regular grooming to help keep their coat tangle-free and in great condition. They require their coat to be brushed 2-3 times a week with a fine comb. As well as regular brushing, they also need their teeth to be cleaned as frequently as possible and their nails to be trimmed to prevent them from becoming over-grown.
It is also important that they have their ears, eyes and paws checked on a regular basis to check for any dirt and debris and to prevent any infections from happening.
The LaPerm is great with children and other pets as long as their socialised correctly from a young age and both pets are trained correctly.
This wonderful cat makes a great addition to any family as they're very loving and love to spend their time chilling with their loved ones.