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Colorpoint Shorthair

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A Devoted Cat

Attentive, Intelligent, Vocal

Colorpoint Shorthairs are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Colorpoint Shorthairs, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Colorpoint Shorthair and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Long, svelte, muscular Coat:Short, fine, glossy, close to body

Length of fur
2

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
5

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Colorpoint Shorthairs need daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she 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 she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: She has a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

Dental: Colorpoint Shorthairs have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Care

    Routine Care: Colorpoint Shorthairs need daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she 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 she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: She has a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

    Dental: Colorpoint Shorthairs have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Colorpoint Shorthairs love their family! They will want be with you every waking hour, and curled up on the bed with you when you are asleep.

    Positive Traits:

    • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

    • Loves jumping and being in high places

    • Highly interactive and playful with owners

    • A good companion and pet

    • Does most of her own grooming

    • Devoted and loyal

    Negative Traits:

    • May meow constantly to get your attention

    • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Colorpoint 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 Colorpoint 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 Colorpoint 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 signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Colorpoint Shorthair could encounter:

    Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)

    Pancreatitis

    Glaucoma

    Corneal Sequestration

    Progressive Retinal Atrophy

    FLUTD

  • History

    The Colorpoint Shorthair is a cross between the Siamese, Abyssinian, and American Shorthair breeds. Colorpoint Shorthairs are heat seekers who enjoy the warmth of your lap even on warm summer evenings. They are intelligent cats and sensitive to their owner’s moods. Colorpoints are very vocal and will demand attention. No place in the house is too high, and they will go to great efforts to climb to the highest place possible to watch over you and your daily activities.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Colorpoint Shorthair shows signs of the following:

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset weakness; paralysis of the hind legs (from blood clots that can lodge in the aorta)

    • Vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite

    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

    • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

    • Bunny hopping, reluctance to jump when playing

    • Asthmatic wheezing

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    • Vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite or weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, lethargy

    • Vomiting (may be sudden and severe), diarrhea, blood in the stool, poor appetite

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    To view the sources for the information listed on this page, see our Cat Breed Guide References here.

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