The American Shorthair is known to have a lovely nature and loves to be around people. However, they have kept their instinct to hunt which means you'll never have any mice problems around the home if you share your house with one of these felines. For decades, American Shorthairs have found their way into many people's hearts and homes and today are one of the most popular breeds to own as a family pet on the planet. Health In general American Shorthairs are healthy felines but you should always make sure you buy your pet from a reputable breeder who takes great care not to breed from any cats that are prone to health issues. One of the health problem the breed is known to suffer from is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is a heart disease. However, nobody knows whether it is genetic health issue or not. Caring for a American Shorthair American Shorthairs are relatively easy to take care for when it comes to grooming and typically only need brushing a couple of times a week. When it comes to shedding, the level really does depend on the time of year with cats shedding less over the winter months than they do in the spring and during the summer. If you buy or adopt a young American Shorthair, you should teach them to let you brush their teeth because it's the best way of reducing the risk of periodontal disease. It is also a very good idea to check their ears on a regular basis to make sure there are no mites or infections. You need to watch their weight because American Shorthairs love their food which means they are prone to put on the pounds very easily. Like all cats, they don't like using dirty litter trays and will not use one if it is placed too near their feed or water bowls. American Shorthairs make wonderful indoor or outdoor pets and become valued members of a family living for anything between 15 to 20 years if well cared for and fed a well balanced diet. Regular visits to the vet are a must for health checks and to have annual vaccinations.