American Shorthair

American Shorthair

Basic American Shorthair Information

  • Lifespan: 15 - 20 years
  • Weight: 8 - 12 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in American Shorthair

American Shorthair Traits

  • Lap Cat
  • Intelligence
  • Ease of Training
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Good with Children
  • Good with Dogs
  • Chattiness

American Shorthair History

  • Accompanied Europeans sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to settle in the New World in the early 1600s to protect valuable cargo from mice and rats.
  • Some records indicated that this breed came over on the Mayflower with Pilgrims.
  • During the California Gold Rush, pioneers brought this breed with them to control the rodent population in their new homesteads.
  • According to CFA records, a brown tabby American Shorthair was offered for sale for $2,500 at the Second Annual Cat Show at Madison Square Garden in 1896.
  • Selected as among the first five registered breeds by the CFA in 1906.
  • Originally called the Domestic Shorthair, but was renamed to American Shorthair in 1966.

American Shorthair Behavior Concerns

  • Extremely smart and even tempered.
  • Not very chatty, preferring to chirp or make sweet squeak sounds.
  • Very athletic.
  • Once touted as the all-American mouser, this breed prefers now to follow its favorite people from room to room.
  • Favors walking on its own over being picked up and cradled.
  • Behaves gently around children.
  • Lovable but not clingy.

Look of American Shorthairs

  • Strong, hardy breed of medium to large build.
  • Dense coat is designed to weather the cold and shield against superficial skin injuries.
  • Head features full cheeks, large, wide-set eyes, powerful jaws, round-tipped ears and square muzzle.
  • Eyes are golden or green.
  • Comes in more than 80 different colors and patterns, ranging from brown-patched to silver tabby.
  • Sports a sight pouch and loose skin, designed for protection when hunting.

Grooming American Shorthair Cats

  • Sports an easy-to-care-for short but thick coat that requires weekly combing and brushing.
  • Coat has a textured feel to it.

Suggested Nutritional Needs for American Shorthairs

  • Due to their moderate activity level, measure food portions to reduce the risk of this cat from becoming overweight.

Fun Facts of American Shorthairs

  • Its strong and powerful jaws make it one of the most feared felines among mice and other rodents.
  • Famous American Shorthair named Pepper once belonged to John Lennon of the Beatles.

Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.

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