American Shorthair Cat Breed Profile


The American Shorthair Cat is a very loving, friendly breed of cat. In addition, these cats tend to be playful and gentle at the same time. American Shorthairs are also a very quiet breed of cat, not demanding much of your attention at all.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of cat accepts children and other animals. American Shorthairs may even try to assume the role of your child's guardian and best friend.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of American Shorthairs is around 20 + years. With the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live 20 years and even longer. The average weight for the American Shorthair Cat is around 8 to 15 lbs.

Common Diseases

Luckily the diseases common to this cat are few and far between. The main problem prone to American Shorthairs is obesity, and thats only if they are overfed. The way you can prevent obesity, obviously, is not to overfeed them, even though they may try to demand you feed them constantly!

Housebreaking and Shedding

American Shorthairs come litterbox trained at around 8 weeks of age. This breed of cat, however, is an average shedder, only requiring brushing around every other day at worst.

Best Owner Compatibility

These cats are extremely apartment and condo friendly. They can be for the frequent traveler, provided another cat or another pet is provided for them to play with. They are relatively low maintenance cats.

Where to Buy

The best place to buy American Shorthairs are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

Owning an American Shorthair does not come cheaply. The average cost for one of these cats can range from $300 to $1,300 and beyond depending on bloodline.

Aggression Factor

American Shorthairs are not typically aggressive unless abused. They are playful however, and love to play bite a bit rough!

Noise Factor

American Shorthairs are only noisy if food is late or if you have been too busy to play with them when they are in the mood for attention.

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