The LaPerm cat is an endearing, albeit independent, and somewhat lonely breed. It will never be against a caress or a hug, but will never be bored, even if Its master is sometimes absent.
It will take care of Itself, without raising Its voice. It prefers to live indoors and climb, rather than outdoors. Its maintenance does not differ according to its 2 varieties (long hair and short hair). Its diet is classic and Its health robust.
History of the breed
The LaPerm Cat is a breed that originated at the United States, from the Rex family. Moreover, it looks quite strongly like the German Rex. Like the German Rex, the LaPerm breed is the result of a spontaneous genetic mutation. It is a fairly recent cat since the first female was discovered in 1982, in Oregon.
Its name comes from the “perm”, the technique to curl the hair. The breed was approved in 1996.
- Its body : The LaPerm is a cat in a semi-foreign format according to the standard. It presents a body of average height, quite muscular and very powerful. It’s of a normal build, neither too fat nor too thin. It gives it an impressive tone. He is also athletic. The legs are in harmony with the body.
- Its hair : LaPerm comes in 2 varieties. The short-haired LaPerm and the long-haired one. In both cases, the fur is notched and forms waves. It is described as soft, light, and it is especially not thick. The long hair has numerous curls all over its body, with a predominance on the throat where they form a ruff. The tail shows a light plume. Mustaches and eyebrows are also curled well. The short hair presents a semi-short dress, without a buckle or collar.
- Its color: The LaPerm standard accepts all known colors and all possible assemblies. However, the title of LaPerm is refused to particolor cats that show white spots.
- Its head: The LaPerm has a triangular head with soft contours. In profile, there is a slight conclave slope due to the nose. The latter is right. The muzzle is quite wide according to the standard, with pronounced dough.
- Its eyes: They are medium in size. When the cat is at rest, they are almond-shaped, but more rounded when active. Placed slightly at an angle. The color is not necessarily in line with that of the dress. All are admitted.
- Its ears: The ears of the LaPerm fit perfectly into the triangular head. They are of medium size. Plumes are appreciated by the standard.
- Its tail: It is of medium size. Good proportion with the rest of the body.
Behavior and Character
Autonomous, independent, and sometimes lonely. The LaPerm cat is an almost perfect cat since it is neither too clingy, neither too absent, nor too boring.
It appreciates contact with Its master, without constantly seeking him out and thus becoming a pot-of-glue. It knows how to take care of Itself. So It never gets bored.
In reality, It’s very intelligent and therefore knows how to ignore the absence of Its owner. It’s comforting, always ready to come near Its master for a little hugging session.
It is curious even if the physical activity is not Its first quality. It will prefer to climb and dominate Its environment to better control it. Originally, it is a farm cat, so it appreciates small hunting parties.
However, it will not harm a child, nor any human. Conversely, It will enjoy playing, especially ball.
All families can appreciate and adapt to this cat. However, it is mostly an indoor cat , who will be comfortable with a cat tree and accessories that can keep it entertained.
In the case of a garden, it should be watched so that it does not run away, out of interest and curiosity from the outside.
Health & Maintenance
LaPerm has no apparent and underlying health issues. Indeed, It rarely gets sick and has no hereditary pathology . It is a cat of great solidity, which expends itself throughout the day by making countless trips back and forth around the house.
Nevertheless, it should be vaccinated against the usual diseases of cats, namely rabies, typhus, leucosis and coryza.
Hypoallergenic Breed: Yes
The life expectancy of a LaPerm is between 15 and 20 years
It does not matter whether if you have a shorthair or longhair variety, the maintenance is mostly the same, quite simple. Grooming, from time to time, by a professional is desirable for this feline’s curls (only for the long-haired variety).
A weekly brushing is enough for the short-haired variety. The long-haired one may need more of a bi-weekly brushing. In addition, a check, from time to time, of the eyes and ears is a plus to avoid, you never know, any possible infection.
The diet of the LaPerm cat is basic. It does not tend to gain more weight than average, due to constant physical activity. However, it should not be overfed. Thus, food based on high-quality croquettes, sometimes meat and fresh vegetables, suits It.