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American Shorthairs are well-regarded for their even-tempered and amiable nature. They are often quite sociable and enjoy the company of their human families, including children and other pets.

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American Shorthair – Blacktown

Selling 2 very friendly cats. Grey one (Bear) is 3 years old and Brown one (Billy) is 2 years old. They're very good around children. Indoor cats but can be taken outside if needed. Selling them for $150 each or both for $250 Urgent rehoming is needed. Pick up please. Drop off available if it isn't far. Only going to be considering good homes. Thank you :)

Mariam Blackmore


American Shorthair – Cranbourne East

Tabby Kittens Born on 15/11/23 Veryyyy playful and adorable

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The Ultimate American Shorthair Guide

About American Shorthair

The American Shorthair cat is a cherished favourite in the hearts of many. Known for its playful demeanour, loving nature, and hearty constitution, this breed is as American as apple pie.

Lifespan

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15 to 20 years

Weight

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4 to 7 kg

Height

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23 to 25 cm

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Grooming the American Shorthair is a relatively easy task. Their short, dense coat requires brushing once or twice a week to remove loose hair and prevent hairballs.

Origins

The American Shorthair breed has a rich and illustrious history dating back centuries. Originally, they were likely companions to the earliest settlers from Europe, making the challenging voyage across the sea to America. These cats were prized for their prowess as hunters, keeping the ships clear of rats and other vermin. As these settlers moved inland and began to establish farms, the cats continued to play a crucial role in pest control.

Over time, these early settlers’ cats began to evolve into a unique breed. The harsh conditions and varied climate of the new continent demanded that the cats be hardy and adaptable. In time, they became the American Shorthair – named for their shorter, dense coat.

Key Characteristics Of American Shorthairs

Are American Shorthairs Family-Friendly?

Yes. These cats have a mellow temperament and aren’t overly demanding of attention. They enjoy playtime but are just as content to lounge and watch their human companions go about their day. This makes them a perfect fit for families, busy singles, and seniors alike.

Common Health Issues & Considerations

American Shorthairs may suffer from:

Obesity

Diabetes

Heart Disease

Nature / Temperament

Adaptable, Affectionate, Playful, Independent, Hardy

Suitable Environment

When it comes to their living environment, American Shorthairs are highly adaptable. They can thrive in a variety of home settings, be it an apartment or a house with a yard.

Other Considerations

  • They boast over 80 different colour and pattern variations, the most famous being the silver tabby.
  • Their dense, short coat was naturally developed to withstand harsh weather conditions, reflecting their resilient nature.
  • Despite their affectionate nature, they are also known to be somewhat independent and can amuse themselves when left alone.

How can I take good care of my American Shorthair?

Nutrition

Providing optimal nutrition for your American Shorthair is paramount for their health and wellbeing. The diet for these cats should be well-balanced and carefully portion-controlled to avoid obesity. An American Shorthair’s diet should be high in protein, which is essential for maintaining muscle mass and overall health.

High-quality commercial cat food, either dry or wet, is often a good choice for American Shorthairs. It’s important to select a brand that lists a source of animal protein (such as chicken, beef, or fish) as the first ingredient.

Grooming

Their coat should be brushed once or twice a week to remove loose hair and distribute skin oils, which will keep their fur looking sleek and healthy. During shedding seasons, usually in the spring and fall, you may need to groom your cat more frequently to manage the increased amount of loose hair.

Exercise

While American Shorthairs are not as high-energy as some breeds, regular exercise is crucial for maintaining their physical health and mental stimulation. Incorporating interactive toys, laser pointers, and puzzle feeders into your cat’s routine can encourage movement and play.

Remember, these cats were once excellent mousers on ships and farms, so anything that stimulates their hunting instincts can make for a great game.

Training

American Shorthairs are known for their easy-going and amenable nature, which generally makes them relatively straightforward to train. Starting their training and socialisation at a young age can help them develop into well-adjusted and well-behaved adult cats.

Like many cats, American Shorthairs can be trained to use a litter box, respond to basic commands, and even perform tricks. Positive reinforcement methods, such as praising them or providing treats when they display desired behaviour, are typically most effective.

This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.

Most Asked American Shorthair Questions

Yes, American Shorthairs typically get along well with children due to their calm and patient nature.

Yes, they are independent cats. However, if you’ll be away for more than a day, it’s important to have someone check in on your cat to ensure they have fresh food and water and to provide a bit of social interaction. A pet sitter or a trusted neighbour can usually fulfil this role.

Finding a reputable American Shorthair breeder is the key to getting a healthy, well-behaved American Shorthair kitten. American Shorthair kittens for sale from ethical breeders have a much better chance of growing into calm, gentle adult cats. The average cost of an American Shorthair for sale is usually around AUD $1000 to $1500.

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