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
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's but especially a cat's digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 56 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