american shorthair breed information

American Shorthair

The American Shorthair — not to be confused with the Domestic Shorthair — shares her story with that of most Americans, as she came here to the United States on the first boats from England. These ships typically had several cats to keep the mouse and rat population down. The Mayflower is known to have had cats for this reason, so it’s entirely likely that the American Shorthair was along for the landing at Plymouth Rock!

The American Shorthair was one of the first five breeds of cat to be recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association in 1906. Originally called the Domestic Shorthair, the name was changed to American Shorthair in 1966 to draw attention to its “all-American” heritage.

Though today’s Domestic Shorthair cats may resemble American Shorthairs, they are different breeds. American Shorthairs have slightly shorter muzzles and large round eyes, giving them an adorable pixie-like appearance. They are friendly, gentle and curious, and make a welcome addition to any family, as they are generally good with children.

Adorable looks aside, the American Shorthair may be prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses American Shorthair cats are prone to include eye conditions such as glaucoma; thyroid conditions such as hyperthyroidism; chronic conditions such as diabetes; cancers such as colonic neoplasia; and heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your American Shorthair inherits more than a friendly nature, you’re covered.

Common health issues

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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