These Curly Cats Who Are Descendants Of A Shelter Cat Are All Over The Internet


You must have gone through the picture of an orange kitten who had curly hair. This picture had the caption: “I’ve never seen a cat with curls until now.” This picture went very popular on the internet, because you don’t get to see curly haired cats everyday. To be honest, I’ve never seen such a cat in my whole life, have you?

The reason why this Insta-famous cat’s hair are curled is because it belongs to a breed called the Selkirk rex, whose origin can be tracked back to a unique shelter cat named Miss Depesto.

Miss DePesto was born in 1987, in a shelter in Montana. She had four other siblings, all of which had straight hair, but this cat turned out to be different with unusually curly hair. She got adopted by a Persian breeder, Jeri Newman.

Jeri bred Miss DePesto with a black colored Persian cat. It gave birth to six kittens and surprisingly none of these babies had a straight coat. Jeri realized that curly hair a dominant genetic trait. This led to the birth of Selkirk Rex.

(h/t: thedodo)

Last week, pictures of this orange cat went viral over the internet.

So many people shared pictures of curly haired cats, that are usually known as Selkirk Rex.

Its origin can be traced back to a unique shelter cat named Miss DePesto.

Miss DePesto was born in 1987, in a shelter in Montana. She had four other siblings, all of which had straight hair.

She got adopted by a Persian breeder, Jeri Newman, who came to the conclusion that curly hair in cats was a dominant genetic feature.

Jeri bred Miss DePesto with a black colored Persian cat. It gave birth to six kittensĀ and surprisingly none of these babies had a straight coat.

This led to the birth of Selkirk Rex- the breed that was named after Jeri’s Stepfather.

‘Rex’ in the name referred to the curly coat of these cats, a feature that anybody would fall in love with.

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