The American Shorthair is a medium-size domestic cat breed that was brought to North America from Europe. They are moderately active and typically weigh 7 to 15 pounds when they achieve full growth at three to four years of age. The thickness of the American Shorthair’s coat and the amount it sheds vary based on climate and time of year.
Common Health Conditions
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy causes an enlargement in the heart muscle where the walls begin to thicken.
- Hip Dysplasia is the abnormal development of the hip joints affecting the hip sockets, a common health concern in the American Shorthair
- Parasitic infections can occur in cats and can be spread through food, saliva, blood or other contacts. These can eventually weaken the cat and increase the possibility of developing further bacterial infections