American Wirehair



This cat is an American original. It is not uncommon for natural mutations to appear in cats in various places around the world, but so far the mutation for stringy fur has only appeared in the United States. It was first seen in a litter of kittens from 1966 born of a short-haired domestic cat in the state of New York. The only kitten that survived from this litter was a red tabby and a white male. Because of its unusual fur, the owners showed it to a local cat breeder, Joan O'Shea, who bought the kinky-coated kitten for $ 50, called it Hi-Fi's Council Rock Adam, and tried to reproduce it by crossing an American shorthair.

American Wirehair was fully recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1978. In the International Cat Association, the breed is considered a type of American shorthair. American Wirehairs is also recognized by the American Cat Fanciers Association, the Canadian Cat Association and the World Cat Federation. They are dashed with American shorthair to preserve genetic diversity.


An American thread hair can be expected to have a personality similar to the American short hair: adaptable, good-natured, affectionate and playful. He is sometimes described as a clown.

This is an athletic cat with moderate activity. He thrives as well as the next cat, but does not require excessive attention or activity. As befits a working cat who has done well, she is smart and enjoys playing with puzzle toys and interactive toys. He is sociable and not the type to hide under the bed when visitors come.

American Wirehair is a calm cat who loves people and follows them from room to room. He is very interested in everything that happens around him. He may be a cat, but he will always appreciate having a place next to you on the couch or at the end of the bed.


Both pedigree and mixed breed cats have different frequencies of health problems that can be genetic. However, American stranded hair is generally healthy.


American Wirehair unusual fur requires little maintenance. Brushing or combing can damage it, so this type of grooming is not required, except in the spring when the cat sheds its winter coat. A bath is rarely necessary.

Brush their teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Cut their nails every two weeks. Wipe the eyes with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so that you do not risk spreading an infection.

Check their ears every week. If they look dirty, wipe them with a cotton ball or a soft, damp cloth dampened with a 50-50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the inside of the ear.

Keep the litter box completely clean. Cats attach great importance to hygiene in the bathroom.

It is a good idea to keep an American Wirehair as an indoor cat just to protect it from diseases transmitted by other cats, attacks from dogs or coyotes and other dangers that cats that go outside may face, such as being hit by a car. American wire hair that goes outside also risks being stolen by someone who wants such an unusual cat without paying for it.

Fur color and grooming

Spring! This is not the typical response we expect when petting a cat, but its fluffy, feathery coat is an integral part of the American Wirehair's charm and good looks. The curved, straight hair on the medium coat has a tough but comfortable texture. The whiskers and the hair in the ears are also frizzy and bouncy. The coat is available in many different colors and patterns.

American Wirehair has a round head with high cheekbones, medium-sized ears that are rounded at the tips and large, round bright eyes that tilt slightly upwards. The medium-sized body is supported by muscular legs and rounded paws with heavy cushions. Behind the well-rounded rear end is a tail that tapers from the stem to a rounded tip.

Children and other pets

The casual yet playful American Wirehair is the perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He can learn tricks and loves the attention of children who will treat him politely and respectfully. He gets along well with dogs if they do not cause him any problems. He is a skilled hunter but can learn to leave companion birds or other small animals alone if they are introduced to them at a young age. However, when you are unsure, separation is best. Always introduce pets, including other cats, slowly and in a controlled environment.


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