The American shorthair is an easy-going tolerant cat who retains his hunting ability and is an excellent family companion. He has a bit of a temper, but remains calm but not comatose. The American shorthair is not known to be an attention seeker but enjoys his playtime with puzzle toys and interactive toys. He is not your usual “follow – me – everywhere” kind of cat but will appreciate a spot next to you on the sofa or on your bed.
The American shorthair weighs anywhere between 7 to 12 pounds and is generally a healthy breed of cat but there have been incidences where its’ known to have genetic problems.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a type of heart disease that is found in this breed, it causes thickening of the heart muscle.
Combing or brushing of the American shorthairs’ coat at least twice a week is required to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils. To prevent Gingivitis, daily dental hygiene is best. To prevent obesity in these cats, measure their food and avoid free-feeding. Clean ears with a cotton ball or a soft damp cloth using a mixture of half cider vinegar and half warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs as this can cause damage to the interior of the ear.
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