Care and Health
Care and Health
Feeding the American Shorthair Cat
"You are what you eat..." This is the motto of how one should feed the American Shorthair Cat.
We recommend feeding the highest-quality food you can find. Your breeder should be able to assist you in determining the best diet for your kitten or cat. Age, how active your cat is, it's state of health determine how much a it should eat.
- One of the most important ingredients in a cats diet is taurine. It is an essential amino acid that is critical for their heart and eye health. When selecting the proper food for your kitten, look for this essential amino acid.
- Your cat should have fresh, clean water at all times.
- Treats should be healthy options like banana, pumpkin, or a small meatball of raw meat.
- You can feed your kitten Gerber 2nd stage baby food if they refuse to eat. What ever you choose to feed your kitten or cat, make sure it doesn't contain onion or garlic, they are poisonous to cats.
- If your cat begins to have signs of anorexia, vomiting, lethargic, or diarrhea for more than two days, take it to your vet.
- Always reach out to your breeder if you have any nutritional questions. You can also consult your vet.
Grooming the American Shorthair Cat
An American Shorthair Cattery will brush their cats and kittens weekly. We use a stainless steel brush. Brushing will keep its thick coat shiny and healthy. Brushing is thearepudic for a cat, they get the same sensation if their mother was grooming them. The rest is basic care. Aside from regular ear cleaning, clipping nails is also needed, usually every 10 days to two weeks.
Housing your American Shorthair Cat
Your cat should have its own place, a cat bed, a cat tree, or a nice snugly box. Having it's bed near a window often results with sun rays warming them, something they enjoy. It is important to wash their bedding regularly. Our cats are 100% indoor cats and care should be taken to make sure they never go outside. If they came in contact with an outdoor cat, thy can catch viruses and diseases that sadly these cats often carry. Letting your cat roam outside can also be very risky, they can be hit by cars, serious fights from feral cats, raccoons and dogs. Coyotes are another known risk to your cats as they are known to eat them. Letting your cat roam outdoors can also lead to flea and tick infestation. If you want to take your cat outdoors, we recommend training them to wear harnesses and always have their encounters completely supervised.
What You Need to Know About American Shorthair Health
The American Shorthair Lifespan is one of the most impressive of all cat breeds. They are one of the healthiest of all cats. One health issue that can affect the breed is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common form of heart disease in cats. It causes thickening (hypertrophy) of the heart muscle. An echocardiogram can confirm whether a cat has HCM. Avoid breeders who claim to have HCM-free lines. No one can guarantee that their cats will never develop HCM. An American Shorthair Cattery should screen their breeding stock for HCM. Cats identified with HCM should be removed from breeding programs.
Overall the American Shorthair has an impressive life expectancy ranging from 15 to 20 years. It’s charming good looks, and robust health make it a favorite among cat owners. Not to mention, the American Shorthair cat is remarkably friendly. They are great with kids and pets. Finding the right American Shorthair Cattery is your first step into bringing a kitten into your family that will give you years of joy.
The American Shorthair cat should have a good litter box with clean litter. It should be cleaned daily. It should also be emptied monthly. The cat litter box should be sterilized. We recommend the Catit Jumbo Hooded Cat Litter Pan. They have two sizes, small or large. For more tips on the care and health of your cat please contact us.