Last week, the picture of an orange kitten with curly hair was shared with the following caption: “I’ve never seen a cat with curls until now.”
The breed of the cat is most likely the Selkirk Rex who’s origin can most likely be traced to one peculiar rescue cat named Miss DePesto.
Miss DePesto was born in a Montana shelter in 1987, and she had four siblings, each of which has straight coats. Miss DePesto stood out due to her unusually curly hair and was adopted by Jeri Newman, a local Persian breeder.
Newman bred the cat with a black Persian, and they produced a litter of six babies, all of them with curly hair. Newman realized the curly hair was a dominant genetic trait and this is how the Selkirk Rex breed was born.
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