Sproing! That’s not the typical response we expect when we pet a cat, but the American Wirehair charm and good looks are very much a result of his springy, resilient coat.
The traits of American Wirehair are listed below.
American Wirehair Mixed Cat Breed Picture
American Wirehair – Mixed Cat Breed Characteristics
Affectionate with Family
Amount of Shedding
Potential for Playfulness
Tendency to Vocalize
Friendly Toward Strangers
Easy to Groom
|14 to 18 years
|Medium to large
|8 to 15 pounds
This cat is a native creation of America. Natural cat mutations can occur anywhere in the world; however, the mutation for a wiry coat has so far only been seen in the United States. In a litter of kittens born to a domestic shorthair cat in upstate New York in 1966, it was first observed. A red tabby and white male kitten was the only one of that litter to live.
Due to his unusual coat, the owners showed him to Joan O’Shea, a local cat breeder, who bought the kitten for $50, gave him the name Council Rock Adam of Hi-Fi, and began attempting to breed him by crossing him with American Shorthairs. In 1978, the Cat Fanciers Association fully recognized the American Wirehair.
The breed is categorized as an American Shorthair subbreed by The International Cat Association. The American Cat Fanciers Association, the Canadian Cat Association, and the World Cat Federation all recognize American Wirehairs. For the sake of maintaining genetic diversity, they are outcrossed to American Shorthairs.
The adaptable, amicable, affectionate, and playful personality of an American Wirehair can be expected to be very similar to that of an American Shorthair. He has been compared to a clown. This cat has a moderate level of activity and is athletic. He enjoys a good game of chase just as much as the next cat, but he isn’t overly needy.
He is intelligent and likes to play with puzzle toys and interactive toys, as is appropriate for a working class cat who has succeeded. He is outgoing and doesn’t tend to hide under the bed when guests arrive. The quiet American Wirehair cat adores people and will follow them around the house. He pays close attention to everything that is happening around him.
He might not be a lap cat, but he’ll always want to be next to you on the couch or at the foot of the bed.
Pedigreed and mixed-breed cats both have varying rates of health issues that could be genetic in origin. However, American Wirehairs are typically in good health.
The unusual coat of the American Wirehair requires minimal upkeep. The only time this type of grooming is required is in the spring when the cat is shedding his winter coat because brushing and combing can harm it. Rarely is a bath necessary. To prevent periodontal disease, brush your teeth. Although daily brushing is preferred, once a week is still preferable to never.
Twice a month, trim your nails. To get rid of any discharge, use a soft, damp cloth to wipe the corners of your eyes. To prevent the spread of any infection, use a different area of the cloth for each eye. Each week, check your ears. If they appear to be dirty, clean them with a cotton ball or soft, damp cloth dipped in a 50/50 solution of warm water and cider vinegar.
Cotton swabs shouldn’t be used because they can harm the ear’s interior. Maintain a spotless litter box. Cats are extremely picky about bathroom cleanliness. An American Wirehair should only be kept indoors to avoid contracting illnesses from other cats, being attacked by dogs or coyotes, and other risks that face cats who go outside, like being hit by a car.
American Wirehairs that venture outside also run the risk of being taken by someone looking to get a unique cat without having to pay for it.
Coat Design and Maintenance
Sproing! That’s not the typical response we expect when we pet a cat, but the American Wirehair’s charm and good looks are very much a result of his springy, resilient coat. The medium-length coat’s tight, crimped hair has a tough but appealing texture. Even the hair inside the ears and the whiskers are crimped and springy. The coat is available in a wide array of hues and patterns.
The American Wirehair has a rounded head, high cheekbones, medium-sized ears with rounded tips, and big, bright, round eyes that tilt slightly upward. Supported by powerful legs and rounded paws with thick pads is the medium-sized body. A tail that tapers from the rump to a rounded tip flicks behind the nicely rounded back end.
Kids and other animals
The American Wirehair is a wonderful choice for households with kids and dogs who get along with cats because it is laid-back but playful. He is intelligent and enjoys the attention he gets from kids who are kind to him and treat him with respect. If dogs don’t cause him any trouble, he will get along with them just fine.
He is a skilled hunter, but if he is exposed to pet birds or other small animals at a young age, he might learn to leave them alone. But when in doubt, keeping apart is best. Always introduce new pets slowly and in a supervised environment, even other cats.