Do American Shorthair Cats Like To Cuddle? (See Why)

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People buy and adopt cats for many different reasons. Luckily, there are many different breeds of cats that allow each owner to find their perfect fit. Some breeds of cats are more independent than others; some are aloof while others are friendly; some prefer one person and others love whole families, etc.

Yes, American Shorthair cats do like to cuddle.  American Shorthair cats are an affectionate cat breed that enjoys human interaction. They are ideal for single people, families, and homes that have many guests passing through.

If you have your heart and dreams set on a cuddly lap cat, there are many breeds that will break your heart with their aloofness, aversion to being picked up, and preference of the floor or their own beds to your lap and arms. But what about American Shorthair cats? Are they cuddly?

Do American Shorthair Cats Like to Cuddle

Yes, American Shorthair cats are affectionate and like to cuddle.  American Shorthair cats are ranked as one of the top 12 most affectionate breeds of cats by Reader’s Digest, joining the ranks with breeds like Russian Blues, Siamese, Maine Coons, Ragdolls, and Devon Rex (if you decide that an American Shorthair cat is not suitable for you but you still want a lap cat, you can look into these other breeds).

You can cuddle American Shorthair cats and even pick them up (few cats will let you pick them up, and still fewer will enjoy it!), and they will happily return your affection. On the other hand, if you are busy, your American Shorthair cat won’t force you to pet them or pay attention to them, and they won’t sulk if you gently push them off of your lap or leave the house.

American Shorthair Cat Ownership

American Shorthair cats are a relatively low-maintenance breed of cat. They do not require hourly attention, they are not prone to separation anxiety, and they do not need lots of grooming.

Hill’s recommends daily brushing for your American Shorthair cat, but you could probably get away with only brushing them every few days unless they are shedding their winter coat. During the spring, when they do shed their winter coat, you should brush them daily to speed up the coat turn-over, minimize the amount of cat hair in your home, and prevent mats from forming in your American Shorthair’s fur.

We talk more about the upkeep of an American Shorthair cat in our cat comparison between the Maine Coon cat breed and the American Shorthair cat breed.  Check out my article on the American Shorthair vs Maine Coon to learn more about American Shorthair upkeep:  Click Here.

American Shorthair Cat Playing

Although American Shorthair cats can entertain themselves and won’t force you to pay attention to them, you need to make sure you do not fall into the trap of thinking that they will be fine without any interaction or purposeful stimulation.

You should provide your American Shorthair cat with toys and other forms of mental and physical stimulation (especially if you are keeping them as indoor cats). Window boxes, cat-trees, scratching posts, and catios are perfect additions to your American Shorthair home.

American Shorthair Cat Diet

American Shorthair cats are chunky and heavy as a breed, but they do tend to become overweight. To prevent this, make sure you feed them a healthy diet, keep the treats as treats (don’t make them a staple), and make sure that they get enough exercise by providing cat trees, interactive toys, catios, and engaging in times of play with them.

American Shorthair Cat Health

By now, you are probably already researching where to find an American Shorthair cat, but there is another reason why they are a fantastic cat to own: they are generally healthy. Unlike certain other breeds of cats, American Shorthair cats have a broad genetic pool, so there are no breed-related behavioral or health conditions to which they are susceptible.

To learn more about any health issues the American Shorthair cat may have, check out my article comparing the American Shorthair to the Siamese cat.  I talk more about American Shorthair health issues in this article:  Click Here.

American Shorthair Cat Habitat

American Shorthair Cats

You aren’t going to want to keep an American Shorthair cat outdoors.  Their habitat originated outdoors since they were excellent hunters, but now the habitat of the American Shorthair cat is inside a loving home.  You are going to want to keep an American Shorthair cat as a house cat

Single Person Homes

American Shorthair cats are great for single-person homes, even if you work a full-time job. They are affectionate but are also happy to entertain themselves, making a game out of any toy or random piece of paper they can find.

However, Hill’s American Shorthair information page indicates that you may need to initiate interactive play to ensure that your American Shorthair gets enough exercise.

American Shorthair Cats and Children

American Shorthair cats are perfect for big families and families with children because they are extremely friendly and don’t just attach themselves to one person. If you can only get one pet, but every member of the family wants to cuddle and play with it, then an American Shorthair cat is the way to go.

Their sturdy build and endurance also make them ideal for children who want to play all the time and who might accidentally hurt a more delicate cat (although you should teach small children how to be gentle with any cat).

Homes with Dogs and Cats

The docility and evenness of temper displayed by American Shorthair cats make them great for multi-cat or multi-pet homes. They won’t get jealous of other cats getting attention, and they won’t force themselves onto another cat’s ‘person.’  American Shorthair cats will even get along with many dogs. 

Busy Homes

The placid and friendly nature of American Shorthair cats makes them ideal cats to own if you own a bed and breakfast or any other type of lodging house or if you run a business from your home.

Your American Shorthair cat will happily be petted by the cat-loving guests, won’t force themselves onto the guests who do not want cat friends, and won’t be stressed out by the constant stream of people coming and going.

Working Farms

American Shorthair cats are also a good choice for homes on working farms. Their origins as working cats and instincts for rodent-catching have not been bred out of them. So, you will have a loving lap-warmer and an efficient mouser to keep the rodents out of your kitchen and barn.

First-Time Cat Owners

If you are adopting or buying your first cat, you can’t go wrong with an American Shorthair cat. They will sit in your lap and be so easy to love and care for that they turn you into an affirmed cat-person.

American Shorthair Cat Breed History and Characteristics

American Shorthair History

American Shorthair cats were first bred in America in the early twentieth century from European cats who came over to America with the Mayflower. They only received their current name, the American Shorthair cat, in 1966, however. Before then, they were called Domestic Shorthair cats.

American Shorthair cats were initially bred as rodent catchers, so they earned their keep on the ships crossing over to America. And they made themselves indispensable as barn and kitchen cats once they had landed on the shores of what would become America, keeping the rodent populations on farms in check.

American Shorthair Characteristics

American Shorthair cats are medium-sized, sturdy cats with muscular builds, good balance, and endurance. Their fur is short but thick, becoming thicker in winter, allowing them to function as working cats throughout the year. Their coats come in many different colors and patterns, although the brown and gray tabby coats are the most well-known.

To learn more about American Shorthair Characteristics, check out my article on the American Shorthair vs Scottish Fold.  It is a good cat breed comparison, but we do talk more about American Shorthair characteristics in it:  Click Here.


Video: Cuddly American Shorthair Cats

American Shorthair cats love to cuddle! They will even happily let you pick them up for cuddles; this is not a common trait among cats. While they are very affectionate, the American Shorthair cat is not demanding or pushy, so if you are busy when they want to play, they will go off and entertain themselves without sulking.

The placidity and friendliness of American Shorthair cats make them perfect for big families, multi-pet homes, bed, and breakfasts or other lodging houses, and business-based homes with lots of people coming and going. Their hardiness and endurance make them ideal for families with smaller children and working farms. And the independence of American Shorthair cats means that they will be happy living in single-person homes, even if the owner works a full-time job.

First-time cat owners will never go wrong with an American Shorthair cat; their laid-back temperament, love of cuddles, easy care requirements, and lack of health and behavioral issues will make you fall in love with cats in general and American Shorthairs specifically.

The American Shorthair cat is an all-around lovely cat that you will just want to cuddle, so it’s a good thing the feeling is mutual!

If you enjoyed this article, please check out a few more:

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  • Do Cats Like To Hunt? (The Detailed Answer): Click Here.

Christopher Carlson

I have an Domestic Shorthair Tabby named Charlotte. She is full of energy when she isn't sleeping most of the day. I share what I learn about cats on this site.

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