Cats are recognised for their independence, gentle heartlessness, and tidy, straight fur. However, there is a tiny subgroup of feline species that have naturally curled sheep-like hair.
The Selkirk Rex is a rare species that is progressively gaining popularity on social media, with everyone adoring its distinctive beauty. The breed began in Montana, USA, in 1987, with one cat born to a rescue cat.
The curly-haired cat was later adopted by breeder Jeri Newman, who called her Miss DePesto after the curly-haired character from the television show Moonlighting.
Jeri then made the small kitten the main breeder, and two breeds were created: long-haired and short-haired types. She christened the breed 'Selkirk' after her stepfather, making it the first cat breed to be named after a person.
People may undoubtedly make similarities between the Selkirk Rex and the LaPerm breeds, although the former's coat is often thicker and prettier than the latter.
Eleonora Muccio, a Swiss Selkirk Rex breeder, told Tyla she fell head over heels for the breed after viewing it at a Geneva expo: "I was immediately in love!"
Gina, her fair-furred Selkirk, was adopted in December 2017 and she described the cat is very agile, curious, vocal, and loving.'
Ms Muccio created an Instagram account for Gina and her other cats, which has over 37,000 followers. Eleonora then began breeding additional Selkirks in order to share this great breed with the rest of the world.
Despite their shaggy look, the cat owner characterises their fur as "softer than straight hair," owing to the finer hair. But, because of the heat, she cautions the Selkirk Rex malt a lot in the summer. There has to be a catch somewhere.
Eleonora also mentions that they have more earwax and rheum than other breeds. "For that, they require particular care; I clean their eyes and ears once a week," she explained, adding, "but you have to be careful not to overdo it because they might acquire an infection."