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 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.