If a fussy feline or a clingy kitty isn’t your thing, the American Shorthair might be the cat for you. Easy-going, yet playful, independent, yet social, this is a cat who doesn’t mind adapting his day around your lifestyle. They’re a popular family cat, tolerant of children and ready to play, yet low-maintenance and content to spend time on their own. American Shorthairs are good at entertaining themselves, and find great pleasure in a quiet afternoon in a sunny window – bird-watching may be a favorite activity.
The American Shorthair is a cat rooted in American history. They arrived on the Mayflower with the Pilgrims, an unofficial but valued member of the ship’s crew. They were frequently kept aboard ships to protect food stores from mice and rats, an inborn skill that carries over to the American Shorthairs of today. They are excellent mousers, but they’re not above a bit of bug-catching, and are known to snatch insects right out of the air.
Appearance / health:
American Shorthairs have a strong build and body symmetry tailored for lots of activity. They are of medium to large size and very proportionate. They have a wide chest and thick hind legs and plump, expressive face, large pointed ears and an oblong head. The coat is thick and even. The eyes may be blue, green or amber. The American Shorthair is recognized in more than eighty different variations with patterns ranging from the brown patched tabby to snowy white, striking silvers, smokes, tortoiseshells, calico vans, and cameos. Blue, brown, and silver varieties are most popular.
Behavior / temperament:
American Shorthairs are popular as gentle companions. They are intelligent and extremely adaptable, loving, and playful, which makes them an excellent pet for families. They are low-maintenance, and though they enjoy socializing, they are good at finding things to do on their own. Because of this, the American Shorthair may be a good option for someone who must leave their cat alone for long periods during the day. They are tolerant and laid-back, and do well with children and other pets (however, as they were originally bred as mousers, you may want to keep the family hamster out of reach!) The American Shorthair is a robust and healthy breed, and has an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years.
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Love of my Life
I have spent my life surrounded by American Shorthair (previously/alternatively called the Domestic Shorthair) cats. I come from a long line of cat enthusiasts - my grandmother at one point in her life had 21 feline children at once (don’t worry, she lived on a farm!). AJ is the love of my life; I adopted him from a local rescue at about eleven months old from a Petsmart. I had another cat at the time and no plans for a second, but my eye was caught by his size, his tuxedo pattern so reminiscent of a favorite childhood cat, and a look in his eyes I mistook as brilliance and ennui. He was absolutely gorgeous. The look in his eyes actually proved to be vacuousness, not ennui; AJ is by no means the most intelligent animal I have met, once falling into a shower with me and taking a cool two to three minutes to realize his blunder and his wetness and determine an exit. I am reluctant to rename a cat already potentially used to one, so he remained AJ, but I joke that he probably thinks his name is “O.A.J.” from my constant exasperated “oh, AJ....” after seeing him stuck in a paper bag or meowing for me, lost, from one room over in our 1 bedroom apartment. But, he is a lovable scamp, gets alone well with other cats and most people and dogs, and is a loyal pet who will curl up at my feet wherever I sit. There is no shortage of love from this cat, and he has many fans both human and furry. He’s fairly easy to please and enjoys Friskies Indoor Delights and Friskies Meaty Bits, but is thrilled for some plain real meat as a treat. Easygoing, easy to care for, and easy to keep happy - this was the pet for me..
From Jcatten87 Sep 15 2018 4:26AM
Best Flea and Tick Collar Available
The Seresto collar is a 8-month preventative for fleas and ticks available for dogs and cats. I had a client yesterday say it is the best tick prevention she has ever used for her outdoor cats and she will never use anything else. Seresto collars are much safer than the over-the-counter Hartz and Seargents -type collars. Unlike those collars they do not use organophosphates or amitraz which can be toxic to you and your pet if ingested. When you apply the collar, make sure to follow the instructions carefully. It is a break-away collar, so if your cat becomes tangled, it will break off. However, the company (Beyer) will supply you with one replacement collar, if you contact them. Although it is available over-the-counter, I recommend getting the collar through your veterinarian due to the fact that we are seeing knock-off versions and counterfeit products that can cause toxicity. .
From sat14 12 days ago
Physical exam before beginning treatment
A comprehensive physical exam is a must before beginning any treatment for a "behavior problem." Any sudden changes in your cats behavior may indicate an underlying medical problem. Your veterinarian will do a complete physical exam to check for any obvious signs of pain or injury. Also, they will check a temperature to ensure there is no fever. Another important indicator is checking the weight of your pet. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain may indicate an underlying metabolic disorder. Based on their physical exam, the vet may recommend bloodwork as well to check the kidney, liver, and thyroid functions of your cat. They may also need this information before starting medication for your cat as a baseline, so that the values can be monitored if your pet is on behavior-altering medications long term. .
From sat14 39 days ago