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American Shorthair

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.

Pet Insurance for American Shorthair Cat

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.

  1. Reply
    Jessica Edwards 03/26/2016 at 4:42 am

    Does pet insurance cover things like having them declawed or spayed or neutered? Aside from shots those usually seem to be the main expenses when taking care of the American Shorthair cats I have had.

  2. Reply
    Andrea Robinson 03/28/2016 at 11:56 pm

    I adore the American shorthairs! Cats, throughout history, have been abused and adored. There was a lot of superstition around cats and they used to be cursed and treated brutally up until the era of the black plague. The plague was wiping out the human population throughout Europe, but cats saved the day by decimating rats, the carriers of the plague. It was an amazing time for cats, when they suddenly changed in the eyes of the public from witches in disguise to beloved heroes. It’s no wonder that they were taken aboard the Mayflower in order to keep the ship safe from rats (who also loved to eat stores of food on ships, by the way).

    I have a somewhat tragic story about my very favorite cat of all time, Kay. Kay was black and white, super friendly, and loved dogs because she was raised as a kitten with a cat-friendly dog.

    Unfortunately, I had a foster dog who attacked Kay. Dogs are pack animals, so one of my dogs joined in to help the foster dog with the attack, even though my dog had been living with Kay peacefully for years before I got the foster.

    I think I had around six dogs at the time, and it took all my arms and legs to hold back the rest of the pack and shunt them to another area behind a doggy gate so I could address the mauling. I got the two dogs off of Kay and took her to the emergency room. I thought they could just stitch her up, but it turned out that the damage was way more extensive than it looked on the surface.

    Long story short, it cost me $20,000 to rehab Kay, but I knew that if she died, I couldn’t handle it. And it was worth it.

    But wouldn’t it have been better to have cat insurance? I didn’t have it at the time.

    Long story short, it took many months to rehab Kay fully, and I kept her away from all the dogs until I found her a wonderful home. I eventually had to give up on the foster dog and put him down, the only one out of hundreds I’ve worked with. Kay ended up with a friend of a friend in the most cat-friendly, safe, and fun place a cat could hope for. So … if you’re really the type that bonds with your pets, think about what could happen if you’re not prepared for an emergency.

    Thanks for this site, by the way. It’s so inspiring. 🙂

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