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American Shorthair

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American Shorthairs are intelligent, placid and loving.

They make an ideal family pet.

Where I'm From

It's thought the breed originated in Europe, with the first American shorthairs arriving in the US as ship cats aboard the Mayflower in 1620. These keen little hunters would have been welcome passengers as they helped to keep down the rat population.

On shore, as more and more new settlers arrived, American shorthairs were invaluable at protecting farms, shops and houses from rats, mice and other vermin.

What I Look Like

The American Shorthair is a medium to large cat, with a strong, stocky body, with well developed shoulders and chest.

They are often described as a true breed of 'working cat'.

They come in a wide range of patterns and colours.

How I Act

It's easy to see why the american shorthair is one of the most popular breeds in the US.

This tough little breed ticks all the right boxes. It's placid, gets along with children and other pets and has a gentle personality.

American shorthairs can live for up to 15 years or longer.

They are a low maintenance breed and generally healthy.

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.