At the first glance the cat of this breed is like a tabby “Matroskin” in popular cartoons. But, having an attentive look, you can see the most unusual color, large muscles, and beautiful eyes. It is interesting that this cat is a luxurious decoration and honorary member of the family in America. Also, these cats attend at various parties as accompanying their owners. Its origin is quite unusual and interesting story.
History of breed
1904 was a revelation for emergence of the American short hair cats’ genus. The cat, who had the original smoky color with black wide stripes, it is considered to be the founder of this breed ( from the side the wool seems silver tabby type). Prior to that time, the cats of this breed lived quietly on a ranch, catching mice, wandered and had no idea that once they will become very valuable and expensive animals. The cost depends on type of kitten and level of the nursery.
In 1900, it turned out that one cat had already been registered with a similar color, which confused the situation. Soon, the confusion was sorted and the cat was called British. Felinology had to make actionable insights to distinguish similar species. In the end , the tough cats differences program was developed.
In 1930, the result was on the face and American became recognized. After 20 years, there was a catalog with full description of all the sort-haired (50 animals). Currently, specialists are involved in breeding only purebred producers. The program of specialists was effective and the proof is that the cat of this breed won the recognition of the so called “cat of the year” in 1966.
In addition, he was held in high esteem, even in the largest feline organizations. The panel of judges issued a document to confirm the new breed (CFA). According to research, the American Shorthair cats have not only beautiful appearance, but also a unique character.
Description of American Shorthair
The cats have the variety of colors in the coat in abundance. Therefore, the felinology organization recognized the cats with black, white, silver, smoky color and others. Especially, a grayish color cat with wide black stripes is considered to be beautiful.
Big eyes in the form of a wedge, the color of which depends on the color of the coat. A silver cat has – green and white has orange ones. The head size in width converges with its length. The muzzle is a square and developed chins look powerful.
The nose is round and it beautiful passes in cat’s neat mouth, which is similar to “smile”. Powerful medium length neck is harmoniously connected with the same head.
The body is strong, the chest is broad, especially in male cats. Weight of male cats is up to 8 kg and female cats’ is up to 5kg. Medium size ears are wide and slightly rounded at the tips. even the color of the paws, nose pads also depend on the range of colors of wool. In view male cats and female cats are powerful, strong but their muscles differ from each others.
Limb length is average and round thick legs are steady. The tail is very long and stout but towards the end. Although, wool is short but dense, thisck looks great.
The character of the American Shorthair
Lover of calm animals can enjoy the rest of the cats of the American breed. Just smoky breed has a pleasant and unobtrusive character of serenity. Cats can adapt to such relatives for instance, good-natured dogs. They are good with communication: they can easily find a common language with people. The owners who spend the whole day at work are suitable for cats who can remain long in solitude. American shorthair is quiet and good-natured cat that does not require special privileges, companies. She always has something to have fun.
A special feature of cats is the independence. They do not like to be forced to embrace, be worn on the hands and placed on the knees. It happens in case, if they want it their own and lay on their owners hands. Despite these facts, the cats have such qualities as loyalty and affection. Though, they are quiet but like all cats, they also like games, entertainment, hide and seek.
Even remaining alone, they find occupation and take up their business . Bred cats are real hunters, according to the fact that their ancestors lived on the ranch, had “nomadic” lifestyle and survived by catching mice. They deftly catch small creatures, as well as playing with soft toys, where there is no famine.
But once in the street this breed will not return without a catch! Of course, cats love to sleep, walking quietly but the instinct of jumping on the high-altitude objects has not been cancelled. They will not miss the moment to climb on wardrobes, TV, shelves, even when they find a place to sleep. They cannot be called demanding, it is noticed by their quiet voice (their usual manner speaking).
But in case of indifferent owners, cats will submit your vote for the full program. This is done in special circumstances where cats have something to fight. In addition, cats have intelligence that allows you to quickly teach them some of the teams. Until cats are old age, active and cheerful.
Diseases of the American Shorthair
Cats’ health is good, so you can call them long-lived (15 years). But there is a genetic predisposition to heart disease that can be fatal. Cat feels pain while walking and limps because of dysplasia. Even some cats have a genetic kidney disease that provokes their failure (polycystic). Endurance may prevent the development of such diseases . Buying a cat, you need to ask the breeders a guarantee document confirming the good health of your prospective pet.
Caring for a cat
It is not difficult to take care of a cat because the coat is smooth and not long. Therefore, you should brush him once a week only. When American Shorthair feels laziness, care must be strengthened. Cats nutrition requires careful supervision because they are not averse to eat a lot and often.
The consequence of this is the different stages of obesity which leads to health problems. If this happens, you should play more active games with your cat to burn calories.
Also you should a veterinarian for the compilation of the dietary menu. In these cases, many owners who do not have time to frequent gaming, they buy training sport corner with kittens. They may jump on it and scratching claws. Plus the large furniture will be saved from the furious feline pet claws and throw weight!
The price of American Shorthair as it was mentioned above, the cost depends on many factors. Therefore, you can buy a kitten from your friends for 60-100 dollars. In a good kennel kitten of this breed becomes for 200-300 dollars