Loyal reader “articulett” sent in a photo of his/her cat, a newly-adopted stray that harbors a well-known mutation. Here’s articulett’s story of the mutant moggie:
I arrived home late from work last Friday, and as I pulled into my driveway, I noticed a strange cat. He didn’t dash away as most strange cats did. Instead he sauntered over to my car as if to say, “It’s about time you got home”. It was then I noticed his curly ears. I had never seen such a mutation. I knew about the “Scottish Fold”, but their ears bent forward; these curled back. I figured that if I gave him some food, maybe he’d stick around for me to study him, but he had bolder plans. He walked right into my home where an effusive dog and a couple of spoiled house-cats lived. He listened patiently to their complaints and smacked the dog on the nose when she got too close. His attitude seemed to be “I’m here–I have queer ears–get used to it.”
I did a little internet searching, and it turns out that there is a type of cat with curled ears called an “American Curl”. This particular American Curl had no collar and hasn’t shown any inclination to leave. In fact, he seems to have installed himself as the “King of Beasts” in my home, and the other occupants are to too flummoxed to protest. His ears give him a teddy-bearish/ocelot look which constantly makes me giggle–at some angles they look like horns, and at others they give the “hollow mask illusion” where it’s hard to tell which part pokes in and which part sticks out.. I adore felines and mutants, so this serendipity-kitty is right up my alley. What’s not to love? (I’ve been avoiding reading the lost ads, because I’m afraid he might be someone’s pet, and I’ve grown very attached to him. — Besides, he’s convinced he lives at my home.)
Perhaps readers would like to suggest a name? Articulett wanted to avoid “Curly,” of Three Stooges fame, as the name is too obvious. I thought that “Jerry” might be appropriate given that Curly Howard’s real name was Jerome Lester “Jerry” Horwitz. I’ll offer a free autographed copy of WEIT to any reader’s suggestion that is actually adopted by articulett. (Note: there’s no guarantee that he/she will adopt any of the suggestions.)
See here for more information on the American Curl breed, which stems from a single autosomal dominant mutation that arose in 1981.