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.
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.
Parents, especially parents with young children, have every right to be concerned about whether or not a new family cat is going to get along with children – especially given how curious children can be when it comes to small animals. Are American Shorthair cats safe with young children?