This one is a real cutie as far as appearance is concerned. In fact, they are more than that. The American Short hair cat is a sweet-tempered and well-behaved kitty that also masters the art of hunting as well.
American Shorthair Cat History
These cats are known for their ability as hunters and that is how they were taken on ships a lot and met new places where they got popular and known widely. The cat was recognized in history book in 1620 when the breed was part of crews that disembarked from the Mayflower. They were back then called the shorthairs and now we know them as American shorthairs. In New England colony this cats were fully appreciated for their great work as rat, squirrel, and mice hunters in 1634. In 1895 it was showcased in the US and gained popularity until in 1906. In 1966 the American Shorthair was recognized by Cat Fanciers Association.
American Shorthair Cat Size
Normally, this breed will gain weight around 7 to 12 pounds.
American Shorthair Cat Personality
American Shorthair cat still secures its old identity as a hunter yet when they are taken as family addition; they are able to do justice to their role in the house. They make great pet and friend. They are moderately calm yet not so reserved and quiet. They love to do things and quite active yet they will not demand a lot of your attention and pretty understanding themselves. They are also intelligent breeds that love to solve puzzles and learn tricks. The cat also get along with new people well. The American Shorthair cats are very independent yet will love to be near you when you allow them.
American Shorthair Cat Health
As known to all, these breeds are also susceptible to some health problems just like other cats do. It can be affected by their genetic as well. One of the common health problems is likely to suffer is Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
American Shorthair Cat Care and Grooming
Since it got shorthairs, it must be a lot easier for you to take care of it. You may brush or com it a couple of time every week. They do shed but it is highly affected by the climate. Their teeth should be brushed well at least once a week. Their nails should be trimmed regularly also. The corners of their eyes should be wiped cleaned using a cloth or a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a 50-50 mixture of cider vinegar and warm water especially when they are dirty. This breed loves their foods and will get obese when you do not control their food distribution well. Their litter box should be cleaned from time to time because they are very particular about hygiene. It is much better and wiser to let them indoor only since this cat is a weak prey for unforgiving world of outdoors.
American Shorthair Cat Coat and Colors
This cat is quite muscular and sturdy. They are fit cats that are agile in their moves. The medium sized cat is longer than they are taller and a bit fat as well. Apart from their cute shape and size, the pattern of this cat can be very exotic and the cubby face will give you a goose bump because they are just adorable. The American Shorthair cat comes in some colors and patterns of coat like bicolor, tabby, calico, particolor, solid, tortoiseshell, and more. One of the most popular American shorthairs is the silver classic tabby patterned.