Overview of American Shorthair
Who is clever, an excellent hunter, and super cute to boot? The American Shorthair that’s who! This medium-sized (6-15 lbs) breed was the right cat for the job when early American settlers needed experienced mousers to protect their valuable cargo from mice and rats. The American Shorthair's naturally short coat was developed to keep the elements out and to keep them toasty as outdoor working kitties so they require daily brushing, especially between seasons. There are over 80 different coat patterns and colors including solid, tabby, tortoiseshell, and calico.
Personality of American Shorthair
This powerful kitty is fairly low maintenance and easygoing: an all-around cool cat. They become strongly attached to all members of the family but may not like being carried and are fairly independent (due to their working background). An American Shorthair may enjoy curling up in your lap sometimes, but they may prefer to cuddle up next to you instead. This breed would definitely befriend a cat-friendly doggo but their hunting instincts may take over if you have birds or other small animals at home.
Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for American Shorthair Cats
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM): A heart condition, caused by the thickening of the heart muscle walls, resulting in irregular blood and oxygen flow throughout the body. Vets are not certain if this is a hereditary condition in American Shorthair cats.
Recommendations for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in American Shorthair Cats:
- Cardiomyopathy Support Kit - Helps your kitty with symptoms of cardiomyopathy like coughing and difficulty breathing, supports heart and circulatory health.
Dental Disease: Is a health issue that the American Shorthair is prone to developing, due to their short nose and jaw. The bones in their jaw are often too small to comfortably accommodate all of their teeth, resulting in overcrowding. The dental overcrowding combined with a soft food diet can encourage bacteria and plaque formation.
Recommendations for Dental Disease in American Shorthair Cats:
- Mouth Drops - May help to guard against gingivitis, plaque and tooth decay as well as freshen breath.
Parasitic Infections: Can be spread through food, saliva, blood, certain insect bites, or contact with an infected animal. These can eventually weaken your kitty’s immune system and may increase the possibility of developing further bacterial infections.
Recommendations for Parasitic Infections in American Shorthair Cats:
- Blood Parasites with Nutritional Support Kit - Helps combat blood parasites while supporting recovery and strengthening overall immune function.