A portrait of an orange kitten with curly hair took over the Internet last week. The image was accompanied by the caption, “I’ve never seen a cat with curly before now.” Ok, neither do the most of us, but the curly hair on the kitty isn’t a ruse, and here’s why.
The Selkirk rex is most certainly the breed of the cat that went viral last week, and its roots can be tracked back to a strange rescue cat called Miss DePesto.
In 1987, Miss DePesto was born in a Montana shelter. Her four brothers all had straight fur, but the kitty stood out because she had oddly curly hair. Jeri Newman, a local Persian breeder, adopted her.
She crossed the cat with a black Persian, and the result was a litter of six curly-haired kittens. The Selkirk rex was born when Newman discovered that curly hair was a dominant genetic feature.
The photographs of this orange kitten with curly hair went viral last week.
Miss DePesto, a strange rescue animal, was the catalyst behind it all.
The curly kitty, who was born in a Montana shelter in 1987, had 4 siblings with straight hair
Her curly hair was a dominant genetic trait, so she was adopted by a breeder.
This is how the Selkirk Rex, a breed named after a woman’s stepfather, came to be.
She added the name ‘Rex’ to show that the cute hair was curly, a characteristic that many pet lovers adore.