Have you ever watched a litter of American Shorthair Kittens play in the yard? These very playful animals will really bring a smile to your face. Very intelligent animals from birth, these cats will learn very quickly. Even at a young age they will practice their hunting skills even if they have never been outside before. A classic breed, these cats were used for many years as working animals. But now they are mostly animals of leisure and if you watch them closely, you can see why so many people chose this breed in the past. American Shorthair Kittens will spend hours watching birds from the window in hopes that one day they will be able to stalk their prey.
This Cat Breed Has a Rich History in Both the New and Old World
First bred in Europe as a working animal, these cats had a certain talent for catching mice and rats. Later, these animals were brought to America by the first settlers and used for keeping pest from both the home and the farm. Also used on ships to keep rats from eating the cargo, these felines surely got around. Having such a rich history makes this cat one of the healthiest breeds. Unlike some purebred cats, these animals won’t have to be taken to the Vet as often and require less care. So this breed would make the great first pet for someone who has never owned a cat before. They are also easy to groom due to their short hair.
They Make Great Family Pets and Are Good With Children
If you have a family with small kids, you won’t have to worry much about these cats when they are around them. Even though they are mighty hunters they are often very calm when kept inside. You will often find one of these felines lazily sleeping on the couch or basking in the sun on a windowsill. So if you are looking for a very affectionate cat to bring into the home, this is the one for you. Having one of these cats in your house will also keep any pests from causing problems in the home, which is an added bonus. Remember, that if you have any small pets such as birds or hamsters these cats might mistake them for prey. But with proper supervision these animals can coexists with the other creatures that call your house a home as well.
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