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
An Easy Spritz to Maintain Dental Health
For some reason, I’ve ended up with about four different cats in the last couple decades that were prone to poor dental hygiene, which inevitably led to gum inflammation. Every few years, I have needed to bring my felines to the vet for a full cleaning - an expensive procedure complete with anesthesia. My mother began brushing her cat’s tarter-prime teeth every couple of weeks to put off this procedure at the longest intervals possible, but it’s a risky endeavor that puts human arms and hands at risk while infuriating the kitty. More power to any cat parent that wishes to stick a gauze-covered finger into a spike-laden mouth to avoid the lack of control inherent in using a toothbrush. I prefer to maintain my cat’s teeth with a dental spray. A good one contains chlorohexidine, a familiar ingredient in medical-grade oral rinses for humans. You kind of have to “trick” the cat’s mouth open - I usually use a cat toy jerked up and down to convince the cat to try to bite at it, surprising them with a well-aimed spray dead center to the roof of the mouth. The surprised cat then “chews” it, baffled, almost creating a mouthwash situation that permeates the mouth and coats the teeth. A calm cat can have its lips raised and a quick spritz applied to the sides of the teeth instead, if not wise to what is about to occur. I have found it effective. I generally can get away with a deep cleaning on my cat AJ every three years. Spraying biweekly does stave off redness and inflammation. When my mother’s cat was an unfortunate cancer patient at age 13, she was no longer a candidate for anesthesia simply for a tooth cleaning. This spray has been sufficient to stave off inflammation, a must when under chemotherapy treatment..
From Jcatten87 6 days ago
Having a fun scratching post can reduce destructive scratching
We've found - with multiple cats over the years - that providing one or more scratching posts in the house really does reduce furniture scratching. Not that it prevents all furniture scratching, but it certainly makes enough of a difference to justify the expense..
From earthling 33 days ago