Routine Care: American Shorthairs need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their minds and bodies active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won't drink water from the bowl, try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.
Grooming: American Shorthairs have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.
Dental: American Shorthairs have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Check their ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
American Shorthairs are affectionate, gentle, and adaptable. A good, well rounded companion for the entire family.
Has a quiet or soft voice
Excellent companion and independent
Even-tempered; adapts to a wide variety of environments
Can become overweight easily if not exercised regularly
Strong hunting instinct - will chase anything flying or scampering
May resist being picked up and carried
Whether you are considering adding a new American Shorthair to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every American Shorthair will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the American Shorthair you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important concerns to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.
Some health issues an American Shorthair could encounter:
General Disease Risks
Polycystic Kidney Disease
The American Shorthair stems from cats brought aboard ships bound for North America by the early pioneers. Originally known as the Domestic Shorthair, they were the first working cat breed,intended for hunting rats. When interest in cat shows began, American Short Hairs were among the earliest represented breeds, making the ASH one of the first to be recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1906. They are gentle, affectionate, playful, and adaptable, fitting in well with families that have children and dogs.
Consult with a veterinarian if your American Shorthair shows signs of the following:
Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness
Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss
Voracious appetite, weight loss
Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming
Lack of response to noises