Curly Coated Cats are Descended from a Single Rescue Kitten



The newest viral cat craze is covered in curls! Meet the Selkirk Rex. 

While the hardcore cat fanciers of the world might not be surprised at the sight of a cat with curls, as there are four lesser-known cat breeds that sport curly-cued coats, this fresh-permed kitten took the Internet by storm. Imagine having to brush all that curly fur! For longer haired cats or those like the Selkirk rex that need frequent grooming, it's important to have the proper grooming tools! 

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But the Selkirk rex breed has an interesting story hidden behind those lustrous curls: they are all descended from a single rescue kitten named Miss DePesto. 

In 1987 at a little shelter in Montana, Miss DePesto started her life as the oddball of her litter of four. She was the only kitten with crinkly, curly fur. Jeri Newman, a Persian breeder, saw the special little fluffball and adopted her. 

Miss DePesto, aka Pest, was named after a character from the 1980s TV show “Moonlighting” and her habit of being a bit of a "pest" for attention.

Newman was entranced by Pest's warm personality and unusual appearance, so she decided to breed her with a black Persian named Photo Finish of Deekay. She gave birth to a litter of six kittens — three of which, amazingly, had curly coats.

While the Selkirk rex breed and their curly coats might be all the rage, their origin story actually highlights just how important it is to adopt from a shelter.

Folks often assume that shelter animals are unhealthy or unwanted, when, in fact, they tend to be healthier than pets bought from a store — not to mention social, loving and well-adjusted. Without a little shelter cat named Pest, and her accidentally fluffy coat, these uniquely adorable cats wouldn’t exist.

What do you think of these curly-coated cats? Let us know in the comments! 


  • Jorun

    Oh, people. Just take a deep breath. This was thirty years ago! A lot has changed since then, and it’s pretty rare for shelters not to spay there cats nowadays, but maby things were a little bit different in the eighties.

  • Laura kelly

    That would be really hard to keep mats from forming, grooming fees every other week.


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  • Jodi Jackman

    My comment is similar to a few of the other ones here. When you adopt from a shelter, that animals should be spayed or neutered. The last thing we need on this planet is more kittens! Let’s not make fodder for all the Breeders out there. :sigh:

    Say NO to breeding!!!!


    I agree, 100% with Robin’s comment !
    Just because this lady, was a recognized breeder, she should still have gotten a sterilized Kitteh !
    This is the first shelter, I have heard about, not adopting sterilized pets !

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