American Shorthair Cats

by Monday, June 27, 2016

If you want a beautiful cat with excellent rat-catching skills, get an American Shorthair Cat. They are also great companions at home as they are friendly and playful. What more can you ask for?

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American Shorthair Cats

What is an American Shorthair Cat?

American Shorthair Cats or ASH are popular because of their appearance, long lives, good health and pleasing personality especially around children and other pets.


Where do American Shorthair Cats come from?

History of American Shorthair Cats

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The American Shorthair Cats came to North America with the European settlers. Although their names were not listed on the ship’s manifest they will forever be known as efficient ship cats.

They were said to be among the Mayflower‘s passengers and paid their keeps by being “working cats“. As working cats, their job description was to help keep the ship’s rodents population low by hunting them. Records indicate that several cats disembarked with the pioneers at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. Other seafaring cats that arrived in the New World from Europe came with the pioneers who settled in the Jamestown colony in Virginia. Some were with the Spanish explorers who docked in Florida and with the Vikings who landed in Newfoundland.

In a publication in 1634, these cats hunting skills were praised because it helped saved the crops in New England colonies from squirrels and chipmunks infestation.

During the 19th century, there was an increasing interest in the breed as an ambassador of North America’s working cats. They were exhibited at the first cat show in the United States in 1895. A year later at the Second Annual Cat Show held at the Madison Square Garden, a brown tabby ASH was sold for $2,500. By 1906, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) recognized the Domestic Shorthair as one of their first five registered breeds.

By 1966, the Domestic Shorthair which is also called seafaring cats or shorthair was officially named “American Shorthair Cat” as an effort to distinguish it as pedigreed and trademarked “All American.”


What Does an American Shorthair Cat Look Like?

Physical Description

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The American Shorthair Cats are stocky and muscular medium to large cats . They have powerfully-built agile bodies with well-developed shoulders, chests and hindquarters designed to readily chase and hunt rats as well as for jumping and climbing over high places. They have a large head with full cheeks, large, wide eyes and medium-sized ears with slightly rounded tips.

Their short, thick coat comes in more than 80 different colors and patterns but the most popular pattern is the classic silver tabby pattern.


What Do American Shorthair Cats  Look Like?

Characteristics of  American Shorthair Cats

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These working cats are calm, easy-going and sociable. They are affectionate with owners but do not demand attention. They show their independent streak by preferring to stand on their own four paws than be carried around or sit on your lap. The ASH adapt quickly to their environment. He is smart and likes to play with interactive toys. She likes to observe the activities outside the window. If honed, these cats actually have a strong hunting ability that can help you in pest control. Otherwise, they are content to be a family companion.


How much do an American Shorthair Cat cost?

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An ASH kitten is usually available for sale at 12 to 16 weeks. They cost an average of $400 – $900 USD. Pets are cheaper than show quality cats.Usually, breeders make kittens available between 12 and 16 weeks of age.


What is the average size of an American Shorthair Cat?

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The male American Shorthair is larger than the female. The breeds average weight is 7 to 12 pounds when fully grown at around three to four years old.


What are the pet care needs of an American Shorthair Cat?

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American Shorthair Cats are generally healthy and are low-maintenance cats. They only require annual vaccinations and veterinary checkups.

Their coat needs to be combed or brushed at least three times a week to detangle it and distribute the natural oils. Their teeth need to be brushed daily. As ASH has a tendency to become overweight, it is advisable to watch their diet and measure their food.

To keep them healthy, allow them to spend more time indoors and provide surfaces for them to scratch their paws. Keeping them indoors protects them from acquiring diseases by other cats, getting hit by a car or getting attacked by other animals.

What are the common health problems?

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The American Shorthair Cat pedigree are generally healthy. The incidence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy has been noted in the breed but it is unsure if it is genetic in nature.


What is the lifespan of an American Shorthair Cats?

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With tender loving care, the ASH can live for 15 years and longer because it is genetically blessed with a long life.


Can you now distinguish between an American Shorthair Cat and a domestic shorthair? Watch this video from VideoAdPower and learn more about spotting the right cat.

We would definitely recommend this cat for people who are looking for pets that can also pull their weight around the house. Do not be deceived by the American Shorthair Cats beautiful color and pattern and sweet demeanor for underneath that beautiful facade is a cat ready to chase a rat.


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