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Curly Haired Cat Breeds

Maybe it’s a case of the grass being greener on the other side, but I’ve always been crazy envious of those born with naturally curly hair. There’s no way I can permanently twist my stick straight strands into permanent waves but I can admire those who possess this natural beauty, like these adorable curly haired cat breeds.

Blessed with naturally curly, wavy, luxuriously kinky fur, these curly haired cats look fancy without even trying. Even better? Although these wavy haired cat breeds aren’t necessarily rare, you can bet that most of your cat lovin’ friends have never seen one, much less had the honor of petting one, in the flesh!

And curly haired cats aren’t just beautiful to look at – their unique coats also offer a few, very practical advantages.

Take, for example, the wonderfully wavy LaPerm whose curly coat sheds a lot less and keep the dander from spreading around, earning her a place on the list of hypoallergenic cat breeds.

Want more good news about curly haired cats? They don’t tend to shed much, which translates to less hair on your sofa and your clothes as well as less time spent on grooming your cat and more time left to spend playing with your cat instead!

And trust us when we say you’ll want to play with these felines! Curly haired cats tend to come endowed with the best of personality traits like playfulness, athleticism, and good humor, making them some of the best feline sidekicks a human can have!

American Wirehair

Coat: Medium, dense, springy, and fairly stiff to the touch

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Blessed with a fairly low-maintenance curly coat and a calm temperament, I’m a joy to have around. I’m curious and active, without being overly hyper, affectionate and loving without being demanding. The perfect Goldilocks sort of cat, if I do say so myself. Read more about the American Wirehair.

Cornish Rex

Coat: Short, rippled and wavy

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I am a sheer marvel of graceful curves, from my curly coat to my elegantly arched body. But in contrast to my aristocratic looks, I’m a ridiculously playful cat, bursting with unabashed enthusiastic playfulness.

Oh, and I’m clever too – I can even learn how to open doors with my paws. You’ve been warned. Read more about the Cornish Rex.

Devon Rex

Coat: Very short, wavy and silky

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My large eyes and ears combined with my short, wavy coat has earned me a few nicknames, including ‘elf cat’ and ‘poodle cat,’ but the most accurate is ‘monkey in a cat suit’ for my dexterous climbing and jumping abilities as well as my people-pleasing performances. Read more about the Devon Rex.


Coat: Short to long, with prominent wavy and kinky curls

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I’m as lovingly affectionate as I am curly, which is a lot! Blessed with a high EQ, I’m in tune my human’s emotions and won’t hesitate to shower you with some TLC when you could use some snuggles.

The best part? I’m hypoallergenic so we can cuddle without worrying ’bout allergies. Read more about the LaPerm.

Selkirk Rex

Coat: Short to long and very curly

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With a curly coat that’s thicker and plusher than the LaPerm’s covering my large, heavy-boned body, I’m a very abundant feline.

And it’s not just my looks – I hail from several notable cat breeds and have inherited their most winsome qualities: the affectionate patience of the Persian, the graceful calm of the British Shorthair, and the playful sociability of the Exotic Shorthair. Read more about the Selkirk Rex.

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