If you’re looking for an easy-going cat that will also make a good conversation piece, the American Wirehair might be the cat for you. Their wiry coat is unique to the cat world, though in many ways it resembles the wire coats of certain terrier dog breeds. Their personality, however, is all cat! The American Wirehair is an easy cat to get along with: affectionate but not clingy, active, but not hyper. They are as content to play as they are to curl up in your lap for a nap. Their adaptability and even-temperament make them great family pets. Unfortunately, you might have a bit of trouble finding them, as the Cat Fanciers’ Association notes that they are one of the rarest of the 41 breeds of cats recognized by their organization.
The American Wirehair is a fairly recent breed, the first one having been born to a barn cat in upstate New York in 1996. The unusual coat was the result of a spontaneous genetic mutation rather than any planned breeding program, and of the original litter, only one was born with wiry hair. The closest genetic match to the American Wirehair is the American Shorthair, and the breeds share many of the same physical features and personality quirks.
Appearance / health:
The American Wirehair is a cat of medium build and notable proportion. The face has a rounded appearance with a medium-short muzzle and a strong, square chin. Similar to their coat, the whiskers will have a crimped appearance. The eyes are wide-set and round, and most commonly a golden color. White-coated Wirehairs may have blue or amber eyes. The ears are wide-set and rounded.
Of course, the defining feature of the American Wirehair is the coat, which has a springy, somewhat course texture with a tightly crimped look. The degree and texture of the crimp varies between cats, and a lightly crimped coat may tighten early in the cat’s life. The American Wirehair’s coat feels soft when stroked in one direction, and very course when stroked the other way.
The American Wirehairs are found in a variety of colors and patterns. They come in many solids and patterns: white, blue, black, cream, red, different colored tabby and tabby-patched patterns like mackerel, silver, red, blue, brown, cream, cameo, golden, various shades of tortoiseshells, cameos, smokes, and shaded varieties.
The American Wirehair is a very healthy cat. Some cats with lighter coats may require sunblock if outdoors for very long. The hair is somewhat delicate, and may break off when the cat grooms, causing a tendency towards hairballs. The American Wirehair requires only light, occasional brushing, but may need the occasional bath because of oily build-up.
Behavior / temperament:
The American Wirehair has a well-balanced temperament. They are social and enjoy time spent with their owners, but they are not clingy or needy. They are very playful, and moderately active. The American Wirehair is slow to mature, and may remain kitten-like for 3 to 4 years! They are tolerant and gentle, which makes them good with children, and they get along well with other pets.
highly intelligent animal, gorgeous thick coat
wholly independent pet, great hunter
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 114 days ago
We've had Zoey for quite some time and to be honest we could never house break her, so she stays outside. She has a bad habit of peeing on the stove if she gets inside, needless to say, this is not good behavior.
In general she's very nice and affectionate. She is very good with strangers and despite always being outside, she has a gorgeous thick coat that everyone enjoys petting. It doesn't take much for her to become the center of attention.
She's not great with the dogs, but they don't fight. They are indifferent to each other and kind of go their own ways.
Being outside, and us being on a farm, we of course feed her, but even that is unnecessary. She's grown very big on mice (and strong) and is a great hunter. She keeps the barns and garage clear so that mice aren't much of a problem, even in the spring and summer.
We haven't had success with her as an inside cat, but I've heard of others having no problem. She makes for an excellent outside cat though and she's wonderful with strangers..
From thorax232 Feb 21 2014 10:00PM