How to Pick an American Shorthair


Among felines, the American Shorthair is very popular among cat lovers. Its simple and honest appearance is enough to make us have the urge to take it home. Let's talk about the appearance of American Shorthair cats and how to choose an American Shorthair cat.

Morphological characteristics of American shorthair cats

The American Shorthair is a beautiful, strong, healthy cat with a quiet personality. Generally speaking, its lifespan can reach 15 to 20 years. It takes 3 to 4 years for a kitten to fully develop into an adult cat. Men are significantly larger than women. male weight 5.5 to 7.5 kg, while females weigh 4 to 6 kg.

American Shorthair cats come in more than 80 colors and stripes, from coffee tabby to pure white and blue eyes, from agate to tricolor, with silver tabby being the most familiar color for American Shorthair cats. An ideal American Shorthair should have a strong, uniform size, medium to large, and while females are not as strong as males, they should be on the same level as males overall.

The length of the American Shorthair is slightly longer than its height, the body is divided into thirds when viewed from the side, and the length of the tail is equal to the length from the shoulders to the base of the tail. The head is large, with full cheeks, medium-sized ears with slightly rounded tips, and the distance between the ears is twice the distance of the eyes.

The forehead is smooth, protruding on the crown of the head, and there is no distinct bulge between the ears when viewed from the front. The eyes are big and round, the upper eyelid is like a broken almond, the lower eyelid is round, the outer corner is higher than the inner corner, the eyes are bright, clear and agile.

The nose is of medium length, with a curved inward bridge extending from the forehead to the tip of the nose when viewed in profile, with strong jawbone and well extended chin, parallel to the upper lip.

The neck is of medium length, strong and muscular. The legs are strong, the claws are rounded, the pads are thick, and the hair is short, thick, uniform and firm in texture.

American Shorthairs have short, thick coats that are hard, dense and resistant to moisture, cold, and damage to the epidermis. There are more than 100 coat colors, and the CFA recognizes a total of 62 colors, including white. , black, blue, red, brown tabby, silver tabby, red tabby, blue tabby, tabby patch, bicolor, tortoiseshell, etc.

American Bobtails lose hair every day, like people shed about 30 a day Just like a hair. If your cat is long-haired, make sure to brush every day. If it is a short-haired cat, it is a bit strange that the cat's hair is flying around, but each cat's physique is different. You can try brushing the hair every day to see how it works. If there is still a lot of hair loss, the American Bobtail's nutritional content must be rechecked.

How to choose American Shorthair

1. When choosing an American shorthair cat, pay attention to check whether the body surface of the American shorthair cat is healthy, whether the skin is red and shedding; at the same time, check whether the cat's eyes are clear and bright, whether the inside of the ears is clean, and whether the anus is clean.

2. You can touch the cat's nose with your hand to see if it is cool and moist, and if there is a little mucus.

3. At the same time, you can feed some food to the American shorthair cat, observe the cat's reaction to the surrounding food and diet, so as to judge whether the cat is healthy.

4. Similarly, when purchasing American shorthair cats, in order to protect their own interests and choose pure and healthy American shorthair cats, buyers should go to a regular pet store to choose, rather than randomly choose from roadside stalls.

5. Generally speaking, American Shorthair cats are docile, lively, full of curiosity and desire to explore the outside world. Judging from the appearance of the American Shorthair, the American Shorthair has a burly physique, thick bones and well-developed muscles. It is a medium to large shorthair cat breed. The American Shorthair has the courageous and hardworking character of its ancestors. They are gentle, always patient, and very amiable, American Shorthairs don't get angry with their families.