However, the American Shorthair, which was called the Domestic Shorthair until the nineteen sixties, is a pedigreed cat that meets a specific standard.
Characteristics of the American Shorthair...
The American Shorthair has a wide face with prominent cheeks and a powerful well muscled body. His tail is slightly thicker at the base than at the tip and is shorter than his body. His eyes are big and have an alert expression.
The striking silver tabby color has been popular since one of these gorgeous cats was the winner of the nineteen sixty five United States Cat of the Year Award.
However, the tortise shell and white cat, also known as a Calico is also quite popular.
As this breed adapted to life in the United States, it developed a heavier, coarser coat to protect it from the bitter American winters.
In addition, the American Shorthair is a bit larger than its ancestor, because of the many dangers the breed faced when it first arrived from Europe.
American Shorthairs are ideal for apartment living...
Since this cat breed is quite content to curl up on the sofa, it is an ideal breed for apartment living.
These cats are often tolerant of children and other pets, as long as they are not mishandled, which makes the American Shorthair breed a good choice for a family looking for a pet cat.
Of course, as the breed developed, un-pedigreed cats could no longer be registered just because they resembled the Shorthair.
American Shorthairs Can Become Overweight Easily
Since this breed is not very active and already tends to be a bit on the large side, you may want to keep an eye on your cat's weight.
If he eats too much, you may have to stop offering unlimited amounts of dry food. You may also need to consult your veterinarian about feeding
your Shorthair a weight control diet.
You may want to accustom your kitten to having his teeth brushed, as well, since as cats age, they can develop severe dental problems if their teeth are not cared for properly.
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