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American Shorthair

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Domestic cats are related to lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs and pumas. All share similar traits. They communicate by meowing or roaring. They use sharp teeth and claws for hunting. And, they enjoy catnapping!

The first cats arrived in North America with the first European settlers. Records show that several cats sailed aboard the Mayflower with the Pilgrims in 1620. These cats hunted mice and rats on ships, and later on farms in America.

The cats soon adapted to the New World. They grew larger than their European cousins. America's first working cats eventually became a popular breed. The American shorthair developed from these cats.

The American shorthair is considered the native cat of America. Overall, it is a healthy breed. Since the arrival of the original shorthairs from Europe, this cat has adapted well and remains robust.

American shorthairs are very smart. They have been known to open closet or cupboard doors. They often greet their family at the door after waiting in the window for their return. They can even be trained to stay off the dinner table!

The American shorthair has a coat for all seasons. After arriving in Noirth America, its fur grew thick to protect it from damp and cold weather.

American shorthairs are athletic cats. They have deep, broad chests and well-developed shoulders. Their legs are strong and built for hunting. Their medium-length tail tapers toward a rounded tip.

American shorthair will need to visit the veterinarian for an annually checkup and vaccines. The veterinarian can also spay or neuter your pet during this visit.

Cats are meat eaters. Even domestic cats need meat in their diets. Feed your American shorthair food that contains protein, such as beef, poultry, or fish. Commercial cat food is recommended because it contains all the nutrients your cat needs.

American shorthair kittens begin to play and explore within their first three weeks. By then they can see and hear, and their teeth start coming in. When kittens are 9 to 12 weeks old, they can go home with new families.

American shorthairs can live for 15 to 20 years. They become attached to their human companions. So before adopting a kitten, make sure everyone in the family is devoted to caring for it.

The American shorthair is one of the ten most popular breeds of cats. You can buy a purebred kitten from a breeder. Rescue shelters, veterinary clinics, and pet shows may also have cats for adoption.