The American Shorthair makes a great companion, and you’ll want to do everything you can to keep them happy and healthy. Thankfully, the American Shorthair isn’t known to have very many breed-specific health issues. With luck, the only time this cat will need to see a vet is for routine check-ups and for age-related conditions.
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.
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.