American Shorthair

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Is the American Shorthair right for you?

The basics:
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.


affectionate, easy-care cats, purrsonality, athletic cat, playfulness, rescue cats, excellent outdoor cats


kidney failure, escape artist cat, overweight cat, independent streak, monthly flea medicines


different personalities, expert mouser, great jumper, different types, laser pointers, little shedding

From shelters/rescues

Zeus (Ghost)


American Shorthair

Kaneohe, HI




American Shorthair

Kaneohe, HI


Marie, Toulouse, Berlioz


American Shorthair

Kailua Kona, HI


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