People Are Losing Their Minds Over Curly-Haired Cats.

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It all started earlier this week when @meanplastic posted photos of one particular ginger kitten.

Cats have always been extremely popular on the Internet. After all, who doesn't love gawking at endless photos and videos of little fluff balls being cute? It makes the online community squeal and they just can't get enough of it (us included). Well, prepare to squeal harder than you ever have because we've got a relatively new cat breed for you. They're called the Selkirk Rex and their fur is uniquely curly. When we say curly, we mean poodle-like curly. Seriously, who knew it was possible for cats to be THIS shaggy and incredibly adorable?!

Its fur was so shaggy, it resembled the coat of a lamb! The tweet said, “I’ve never seen a cat with curls until now.”

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It's been a little over a week now since the tweet was initially posted and it has already gained over 6,5000 retweets and 18,500 likes.

Not to mention, all the comments the tweet received from other Twitter users.

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One member of the Twitter community called the cat "the cutest kitten I've ever seen."

Another Twitter user admitted to hating cats but loving this particular one: "I hate cats but I can't lie, I literally just fell in love."

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So what are they and where can we get our own curly-haired feline companion?

For starters, they're a somewhat new breed called Selkirk Rex and are described as "patient, loving and tolerant." According to the Cat Fanciers' Association, the breed originally came from one particular house cat, Miss DePesto of Noface.

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Miss DePesto was first found in a shelter in 1987.

Jeri Newman, a local Persian breeder, was the one who found and adopted her. After she became a part of his family, Newman encouraged her to mate and breed with a black Persian cat.

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The unusual cat gave birth to a litter of six kittens.

As a result, only three of the six were born with Miss DePesto's curls. The Selkirk Rex was officially declared a breed in 2012.

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Many cats of this breed tend to be of a bigger build with round heads.

You would typically see a Selkirk Rex's curls straight from birth. Of course, the longer their fur is the more dramatic and curly it is.

You know you want one.

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