The American Curl originates from the standard domestic household pet in North America, with the exception of a striking mutation of ears that curl back from the top of the head, pointing towards the back, which gives the cat an expression of utter amazement. Health Many American Curls live to the mid-teens, and although the main area of concern with this breed is the delicate nature of their ears, it is still early days to know whether there are any other breed-related problems, though so far nothing else specific has emerged. In common with other cats, they need annual vaccination boosters against the common feline ailments of flu and enteritis, as well as against Feline Leukaemia if they go outdoors. Caring for a American Curl The American Curl will eat most good quality proprietary brands of cat food, but will also enjoy treats of cooked chicken, ham and grated cheese. However, cows' milk will probably give them a stomach upset, and a bowl of water should always be available. Both the semi-longhaired and the shorthaired varieties of American Curl have silky, close-lying coats, which will need little grooming, apart from a gentle combing from time to time to remove any loose hairs. However, the ears do need frequent cleaning to prevent infection, as they are more open to attracting dirt than many other breeds, and care must be taken when doing this.