Originating from a farm cat in Oregon in the early 1980s, the LaPerm is a spontaneously mutated feline named for its soft, curly or wavy coat which could either be short or extended in length. While the shorthair variety’s fur brings to mind a bottle brush, the longhair LaPerm, on the other hand, has a full, curly ruff on their neck and a curly, plumed tail. The breed has a slightly rounded, modified wedge-shaped head topped with somewhat flared large ears. LaPerms have almond-shaped eyes which usually are gold, copper, green, yellow or blue in color. They come in various coat colors and patterns including solid colors and shaded kinds; chinchilla, tortoiseshell, smoke, pointed, tabby, calico and bicolor designs.
LaPerms are known for their gentle but also very active nature. Unlike many energetic cats, this breed is said to be quite content to be a lap cat. They are people-oriented, affectionate and often seek human interaction; having the tendency to purr once they become aware of their owner’s presence. Outgoing and inquisitive by nature, LaPerms always like to know what is going on around them and be involved in everything their people do. They love heights and enjoy riding on people’s shoulders or climbing to the top of shelves and cupboards. LaPerms are very full of life, but once they get a chance to sit on your lap and be cuddled, they surely will take advantage of the opportunity!
LaPerms have an easy-to-groom, hypo-allergenic coat. Just comb it once a week in order to prevent formation of mats and tangles. The breed doesn’t shed very much but occasionally will have to undergo heavy shedding.
LaPerm cats are generally healthy and there remains no genetic disease linked to this breed.
Like any other cat, LaPerms are also well-suited to living conditions with owners who will love them and take care of them well. Just keep this adorable mouser indoors to protect him from the common dangers outside of your home like car accidents, infectious diseases from other cats and even attacks from other animals.