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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