The distinctive feature which has bestowed upon the American Curl cat its charming, unusual name as a breed is deemed to be a spontaneous mutation which came to the world's attention in June 1981.
On a hot summer day, two stray long-haired cats, both with strangely curled ears, appeared at the home of Joe and Grace Ruga in Lakewood, an instant city developed in the 1950s in California's Los Angeles County. After a few weeks, the black-and-white kitten, named Panda by the Rugas, disappeared, but all-black Shulamith remained. Shulamith became the foundation female for a new breed, which was given the name of American Curl.
Within six years of Shulamith's appearance at the Rugas' door, the breed received unprecedentedly rapid recognition, in 1987, from The International Cat Association. In 1993, the American Curl breed was recognized with Championship status by the Cat Fanciers Association. The unusually swift rise of a stray to feline stardom is a charming equivalent of a rags-to-riches tale in the feline world.
For those familiar with this amiable, playful, medium-size breed, the ascent is well-deserved.
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