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The American Wirehair boasts an adaptable and friendly demeanour. They have a gentle and easy-going nature that makes them great companions for both individuals and families. They are often playful and interactive, eager to engage with their favourite humans.

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The American Wirehair boasts an adaptable and friendly demeanour. They have a gentle and easy-going nature that makes them great companions for both individuals and families. They are often playful and interactive, eager to engage with their favourite humans.

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About American Wirehair

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Lifespan

Lifespan

12 to 15 years

Weight

Weight

4 to 7 kg

Height

Height

23 to 28 cm

Grooming

Grooming

Given their unique coat, they require less frequent grooming compared to other breeds.

Origins

The American Wirehair is a breed that originated, surprisingly, from a spontaneous mutation. In 1966, in upstate New York, two regular domestic shorthair kittens were born, but one had an unusual coat texture that was wiry. The breed was subsequently developed by mating this unique kitten with its relatives, resulting in the birth of more wirehaired kittens.

Key Characteristics Of American Wirehairs

Are American Wirehairs Family-Friendly?

Yes. Due to their calm and amiable nature, American Wirehairs are highly suitable as family pets. They’re good with children and can usually get along well with other animals, making them ideal for multi-pet households.

Common Health Issues & Considerations

American Wirehairs may suffer from:

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Skin Allergies

Dental Issues

Nature / Temperament

Resilient, Curly-coated, Amiable, Playful, Laid-back

Suitable Environment

American Wirehairs adapt well to both homes and apartments. They’re indoor cats and prefer a warm, cosy environment. As long as they have a window to sunbathe and a scratching post, they’re content.

Other Considerations

  • The standout feature of the American Wirehair is undoubtedly its unique coat. Each hair, including the whiskers, is curly or bent, giving the fur a crimped or wired appearance.
  • Although the breed has its roots in the United States and is recognized by various cat breeding associations, the American Wirehair remains rare outside of the U.S.

How can I take good care of my American Wirehair?

Nutrition

Feed your American Wirehair a balanced, high-quality cat food. The food should be rich in protein, preferably with meat as the primary ingredient. Always have fresh water accessible. Ceramic or stainless-steel bowls are preferable as they prevent bacterial buildup. Refresh and refill the water daily.

Grooming

A gentle brush once a week can help remove any loose hairs and prevent matting.

Exercise

American Wirehair cats appreciate toys that engage their hunting instincts, such as feather wands or laser pointers. Regular interactive play sessions will not only provide the necessary physical activity but will also strengthen your bond with them.

Training

Praise and reward your American Wirehair with treats when they follow commands or exhibit good behaviour. This breed responds well to positive reinforcement techniques. American Wirehairs are typically easy to litter train. Ensure the litter box is kept clean and placed in a quiet, easily accessible location.

 

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

Most Asked American Wirehair Questions

Generally, yes. With proper introductions, they often coexist peacefully with dogs.

There is a common misconception that the American Wirehair is hypoallergenic due to its curly, dense coat. Sadly this is not the case, and the breed tends to cause allergies at about the same rate as other cat breeds. 

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

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