The American Shorthair breed has a long history of keeping ships free of rats and was brought to America on the Mayflower.
This was also one of the first five cat breeds to be registered with the Cat Fanciers’ Association.
American Shorthairs are independent but sociable cats that interact well with children and other pets and can be expected to keep the house free of insects and mice.
Should You Purchase Pet Insurance for Your American Shorthair?
These are hardy cats with no major hereditary health issues.
They are however known to be susceptible to a number of common feline afflictions:
- Feline Cardiomyopathy: All cats are at risk for cardiomyopathy, which is a term that encompasses four related conditions in which the muscles of the heart become weakened or fail to function properly. Left untreated, cardiomyopathy often leads to heart failure and death. The condition is diagnosed based on a veterinarian’s examination for heart murmurs and other cardiac abnormalities. Treatment usually involves the administration of drugs that help to restore the heart’s normal rhythm.
- Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD): A number of different problems can result in a chronic condition known as FLUTD, which causes cats to suffer from painful urination and other forms of discomfort. Ultrasounds and biopsies may be required to confirm a diagnosis, and treatment can involve anything from medicines to surgery.
- Polycystic Kidney Disease: This congenital disorder causes cysts to form in one or both kidneys, and normally doesn’t manifest itself until a cat is seven to ten years old. The condition is progressive and irreversible, though surgery may in some cases help to relieve the cat’s discomfort.
Any of these diseases may end up costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars to treat.
You can be sure of your ability to provide the best care possible by purchasing the right pet health insurance plan for you and your cat.