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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My dog-like cat
My cat, Summer, is way more affectionate than cats are supposed to be, and I think it's because she was socialized a lot at an early age. She has been a wonderful companion for over eight years now. She wants to be wherever we are, and if she has it her way, she's on top of whatever we're working on, reading, etc. Summer has been relatively healthy, though she did have some trouble with an eye infection at an early age. She also went through a phase in which she put on some extra pounds, but we switched her food. She's more playful as an eight-year-old than she was as a three-year-old. Her biggest vice is scratching things. We've had to give her plenty of places to claw, and she is still more destructive than our 55-pound dog. By the way, she gets a kick out of harassing our dog, but she also loves curling up next to her. She loves playing with stuffed mice and interactive toys, and like most cats I know, she is intrigued by boxes. (The smaller and less likely she is to fit in them, the better.) This cat has also traveled more than any feline I know. She absolutely hates car rides and usually vomits during them. Since we move a lot, she's had to adapt to these occasional discomforts. She tolerates it because she knows that she's got us wrapped around her little paw otherwise. Summer is also a very sensitive creature. If I'm ever sick or sad, she's right with me trying to investigate and make things better. Cats aren't all as aloof as they're made out to be. Some of them are eager to be part of the family. .
From Aphebus Jun 9 2018 4:22AM
A Natural Treatment That Works Well
Chin acne on a kitten or cat occurs for a variety of reasons such as overactive sebaceous glands, allergies, poor grooming habits, or the use plastic food bowls which can harbor bacteria. When bacteria gets trapped in the cat's pores, it causes inflammation in the skin's pores which develops into pustules that are referred to as acne. Aloe vera gel and creams are antibacterial and will naturally rid the kitten's skin of the harmful bacteria that is causing the outbreaks. It is excellent for spot treating the area. Unlike many antibacterial creams, aloe vera is non-toxic so will not hurt your kitten. Apply the aloe cream or gel once or twice per day until the chin acne heals. .
From KimberlySharpe 33 days ago
Cats Are Not For Me
A cat might seem like an odd choice of pet for a family in which more than half of us were allergic but my dad found her, tiny and alone, in a garbage can in the rain and if you knew my dad you'd understand that there was no way that little kitty wasn't coming home with him. Unfortunately, it was a not a happy move for our family.
Aside from the allergies, which of course were not Scooby's fault, she was also just not a nice cat. She hated kids, which our house was full of - and attacked the dogs at any opportunity. Basically any living creature she came in contact with was met with a hiss and a swipe of her claws. She lived to be about fifteen, and in all that time she also never got over the charming habit of "marking" everything with her urine. It was disgusting.
On the plus side, she was beautiful and did not shed very much. Overall though, she just was not a good fit for our family.
(Photo courtesy of Pava, Wikipedia Commons).
From KathyGleason Jun 18 2014 11:41AM