The American Shorthair is widely believed to be a direct descendant of the first cats brought to North America by Europeans in the 1600s. Owing to their long history here, they have developed strongly independent, adaptable and friendly personalities. They get along well with people and usually aren’t skittish (even with strangers), but they aren’t cuddly lap cats either. They like to be near humans, but not always to be held or carried around by them.
When considering buying or adopting an American Shorthair, one of the main things you should take into consideration is the life expectancy. Caring for a pet is a major responsibility, purebred or not. Not only must you provide a loving home for its lifetime, you will also be financially responsible for its needs all those years. Owning an animal can be one of the most rewarding relationships in your life, but make you are ready to commit many years to one first.
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.