American Shorthair cats are generally low maintenance with easygoing personalities. With proper nutrition, they are among the longest living species of cats. Let’s discuss the yin and yang of American Shorthair cats.
- Healthy Weight: Males are large and weigh 11 to 15 pounds, while females are medium and should weigh 6 to 12 pounds.
- Height: The range is 8 to 10 inches tall for both males and females.
- Length: Both males and females can range from 12 to 15 inches in length.
- Life Expectancy: 15 years or longer.
- Eye Color: Blue, copper, green, gold, hazel, or “odd-eyed” (a mix of colors).
- Fur Color: Black, blue, blue-cream, brown, cameo, chinchilla, cream, gold, red, silver, tortoiseshell, or white.
- Fur Pattern: Bicolor, shaded, smoke, solid, tabby, tortoiseshell, or tricolor/calico.
American Shorthair cats need homes where they are indoor cats and treated as part of the family. While they look strong, their gentle dispositions are no match for feral cats, street dogs, coyotes, and other outdoor hazards.
Scratching is a natural behavior for felines, especially American Shorthairs. Do not try to discourage this through tendonectomy surgery or declawing. Instead, provide constructive ways for your furry friend to scratch such as scratching posts.
Also, American Shorthair cats love to play. If they are in a playful mood, they will bring you or another family member a toy. However, they are not “needy” and are perfectly content to play by themselves. Hence, this breed is great for single apartment dwellers.
Grooming and Dietary Needs
The name American Shorthair may sound like daily brushing isn’t necessary, but it actually is. The coat can knot quickly, especially when it thickens or thins due to the change of seasons.
Also, this cat’s thick and muscular nature require careful attention to diet and exercise. Portion control and regular activities such as walks and play are vital to a long life for your American Shorthair cat.
If you want an easygoing, playful cat who is also independent, an American Shorthair may be right for you. Their temperament and beauty are delightful. With good care and annual veterinary checkups, your furry friend can live many enjoyable years with you.
At Heron’s Crossing, we believe rescue pets make the best pets, but if your heart is set on a purebred, please choose a reputable breeder.