Are you all about that #messyhairdontcare life? Then you’ll fall head over heels for the luxe LaPerm — a fancy feline with locks as luscious as her lovable personality!
Named for her unusual, wavy coat, the LaPerm originated on an Oregon farm in 1982 as the result of a spontaneous mutation. The first LaPerm, a cutie called Curly, was bald at birth. As time went by, she grew a coat of soft, curly fur from the top of her head to the tip of her tail — a look very similar to a high-priced perm.
Do they all have curly hair? Funnily enough … they don’t! While LaPerms are known for their curly ’dos, many are born bald or short-haired, and maintain sleek, straight locks their entire lives. In fact, curls typically don’t show up until they are 2 or 3 years of age.
Each LaPerm coat is 100% unique. Some coats are wavy, while others feature ringlet-esque curls that range from tight to flowing corkscrews that give them a majestic air. The tightest curls typically appear on the underside of the body, with bushels of curls popping up on the throat and at the base of the ears.
LaPerms crave human contact — they love being petted, cuddled and cradled. They can frequently be spotted reaching for your face with their paws and rubbing their faces against your head, face and neck — their own version of giving kisses! Anything you can do, the LaPerm wants to do with you. Taking a seat on the couch? Even if she’s in the middle of playing, she’ll abandon her activity to keep you company. Collecting ingredients in the kitchen for tonight’s dinner? She’ll perch above you and supervise the process. LaPerms can sense your presence and immediately start purring when they become aware of your whereabouts — like a kitty version of ESP that ultimately ends in cuddles!
Although that ’do definitely gives off a no-fuss-no-muss, hypoallergenic vibe, those luscious curls don’t represent an allergy-free zone. Feline allergies are related to cat dander, not cat fur, so LaPerms are no less allergy inducing than their feline soul sisters.
You would think that coat needs a ton of grooming, but LaPerms just require a typical once-a-week comb through to prevent matting and tangles. Aside from that, she’s pretty much a self-cleaner. She may occasionally go through a heavy shed, which results in a thicker coat than before, and some (but not all) LaPerms actually molt, ending up with a thin coat that never truly returns to its ‘before’ state — but overall, she’s not what you’d call a high-maintenance gal!
The LaPerm may have working cat roots, making her an excellent mouser, but she loves attention and will return affection in a heartbeat. She loves to interact with guests, will adore being fawned over by the youngest of family members and even gets along with cat-loving canines!
Clever and resourceful, LaPerms love to be challenged during play and will never say no to a large assortment of perches, shelves and trees.
Remember the bit about LaPerms loving attention and affection? Well, they love it so much that they’re often found hitching a ride on the shoulder of their human. Don’t be surprised if she climbs you like a tree to settle herself on that shoulder perch or if she hops down from up above giving you a funny fright. It’s just another reason to love the LaPerm!