American Shorthair cats are known for their powerful bodies and strong hunting instinct. Both male and female American Shorthair cats have muscular legs and a densely thick coat. While female and male American Shorthairs are generally quite similar, there can be a few subtle physical and personality differences.
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You often hear that American Shorthairs don’t need to be groomed as often because of their short fur, or even that it never needs grooming. This is absolutely untrue! You should consistently groom your American Shorthair to help keep her healthy and happy. That said, the recommended grooming for an American Shorthair is not particularly difficult to keep up with if you are proactive.
American Shorthair cats are gentle, moderately playful and independent but sweet-natured. This breed is considered to be hearty and generally low-maintenance. Adult males of this breed usually weigh between 7-12 pounds, while the females weigh slightly less (around 6-11 pounds). Despite their naturally athletic bodies, indoor-only American Shorthair cats require you to keep an eye on their diet and activity to avoid the adverse health effects of too sedentary a home life.