Cat Breeds 101: American Wirehair

Cat Breeds 101: American Wirehair
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Despite being well-known, the American Wirehair is still one of the rarest breeds according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association. The breed began in 1966 when a spontaneous mutation occurred within a litter of five American Shorthairs in upstate New York. The only kitten to survive from that litter was a red and white male tabby who had wiry fur. Because of his unusual coat, his owners showed him to a local cat breeder who purchased the kitten for $50 and named him Council Rock Adam of Hi-Fi (pretty cool name if you ask me). [1]

Typically, the American Wirehair is small to medium sized with a thick and muscular body. The head is round with predominant cheekbones. The ears are medium in size with slightly rounded tips and the eyes are large and set wide apart. Generally, the coat is short, dense and coarse with individual hairs being crimped, bent or hooked. Some Wirehairs (though not all) also have crimped whiskers. [2]

American Wirehairs doesn’t have inherent genetic problems but keep in mind that all cats have the potential to develop genetic health issues. Generally, Wirehairs are healthy but there are, however, grooming details that must be followed.

Frequent combing and brushing can cause damage to their coat so that type of grooming is only necessary during spring when they are shedding their winter coat. When bathing them, breeders recommend using mild shampoos to avoid any damage. The hair inside their ears are coarse and curly causing a fact buildup of earwax. Regular cleaning is an absolute necessity to prevent any clogging problems in the ear canals. [3]

American Wirehairs are affectionate, friendly and adaptable to the needs of their family. They are ideal pets for seniors and single people but can also be great playmates for children due to their playful yet tolerant nature. [4] Just make sure that the children treat them with respect. They are social cats meaning they enjoy the company of other animals, including dogs – as long as they are cat-friendly.

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