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American Shorthair Cat | These Cats Used As Hunters

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The American Shorthair cat breed fits well into any family dynamic with their charming personalities and the tolerance to get along with other companion pets in the home, including dogs. With their playful, affectionate nature, they do well with children and seniors alike.

 

 

Other names: Domestic Shorthair
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Origin: United States
Life Span: Up to 20 years
Size: Medium to larger sized cat
Weight: Weight 6-15 lbs.
Colour/s: multitude of colors and patterns.
Litter Size: Average 6

 

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American Shorthair Cats

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The American Shorthair cat is a medium to larger cat with strong, muscular legs and paws. They have a short, dense coat of fur that comes in a multitude of colors and patterns. Some people believe that the American Shorthair cat originated from Europe and made its way on ships by early settlers dating back to the Mayflower. These cats were used as hunters to protect valuable cargo and stores from mice and rats. As they made their way to North America, the cats were interbred with special qualities necessary to cope with varied lifestyles and climates. This cat was originally called the Domestic Shorthair and given its current name as the American Shorthair in 1966 when it was accepted into the Cat Fancier Association and other cat registries as a pedigree breed of cat.

 

The American Shorthair cat is a medium to larger cat with strong, muscular legs and paws. They have a short, dense coat of fur that comes in a multitude of colors and patterns. The coat is meant to protect the cat from moisture, cold and certain injuries. The thick coat that serves as a protection in cold winter weather begins shed in the spring, producing a thinner coat that can withstand summer temperatures. 

 

This easy-going, affectionate breed of cat has a square-looking muzzle and chin, a muscular solid build, strong jaws, round puffy cheeks and a large head. The ears are medium in size and rounded at the tips. They have large, bright expressive eyes that are set far apart with varying colors to match their coats. The most common color is gold although it is not unusual to see an American Shorthair with blue, hazel or green colored eyes. The cat can range between six and 15 pounds as an adult with the male being larger than the female. They have a long life span of up to 20 years, depending on its care, health and living as an indoor pet.

 

The American Shorthair cat breed fits well into any family dynamic with their charming personalities and the tolerance to get along with other companion pets in the home, including dogs. With their playful, affectionate nature, they do well with children and seniors alike. They bond well with their owners although they are not overly needy for constant attention. This is a rather quiet cat that loves its solitude yet loves your close companionship. They are not necessarily lap cats but enjoy playtime and one-on-one interaction. 

 

This is a very athletic and extremely intelligent cat. With their natural instincts as a brave and excellent hunter, this cat loves a game of hunting the lure at the end of pole, puzzle toys to release treats hidden within and battling the big peacock feather toys. Without proper toys, you could have a destructive kitty on your hands. Be sure to also provide ample scratching posts to meet its other needs of stretching and clawing to keep the nails in shape.

 

Because of their hunting intuition, the American Shorthair has a difficult time living strictly indoor. Providing an enclosed outdoor area would satisfy the needs of this active cat filled with safe plants, toys and activities to amuse your feline. Allowing your cat to be an indoor and outdoor cat can subject it to dangers of infection, parasites and possible encounters with autos and animal fights. It is proven that indoor cats live much longer healthier lives.

 

This is a rather healthy breed of cat with just a few concerns when it comes to possible medical issues. Some of these cats can have genetic heart concerns such as Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or hip dysplasia. Be sure to acquire a healthy breed of cat to bring into your home and family. Always maintain good health with veterinary care, annual vaccinations, de-worming and proper oral hygiene.

 

Because of their short coats, grooming mostly involves frequent brushing to reduce the shedding of the fur. Brush more often during shedding season, bathe occasionally, clip the nails monthly along with cleaning the ears and beginning brushing the teeth weekly when your cat is young to maintain proper oral health. Be cautious not to overfeed your cat since they are prone to obesity. Provide a good, nutritional high-protein diet according to instructions and keep your cat active. With such proper care and nutrition, your American Shorthair cat will provide you with many years of close companionship, fun and bonding.



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