The American Wirehair is a medium-size cat with regular features and a sweet expression. This cat’s wiry coat, right down to the whiskers, is thick, hard and springy. It has been described as resembling steel wool. His unusual coat comes in almost any color or pattern.
Did You Know the American Wirehair is a Good Choice for Families With Older Children?
For the American Wirehair, the less grooming the better. With this coat, brushing or combing can damage it, so unless he is shedding heavily, leave it alone.
This cat’s coat may be wired, but his personality is not. The American Wirehair tends to be a calm and tolerant cat who takes life as it comes. His favorite hobby is bird-watching from a sunny windowsill, and his hunting ability will stand you in good stead if insects enter the house.
If the American Wirehair is well socialized as a kitten, he should be happy to meet and interact with your guests. This six to 11-pound cat can be a good choice for families with older children who will treat him respectfully, but younger children and toddlers should be supervised so they don’t manhandle him. He is also perfectly capable of getting along with cat-friendly dogs in the household.
You may hear that the American Wirehair coat is hypoallergenic because of its texture, but that is not correct. Allergies are not caused by a particular coat type but by dander, the dead skin cells that are shed by all cats (and people, for that matter). There is no scientific evidence that any breed or cross breed is more or less allergenic than any other cat. Some people with allergies may react less severely to particular cats, but no reputable breeder will guarantee that her cats are hypoallergenic.
The American Wirehair is well suited to any home with people who will love him and give his unusual coat a weekly combing. Keep him indoors to protect him from cars, diseases spread by other cats and attacks from other animals.
Other Quick Facts About the American Wirehair
This cat’s coat may look high-maintenance, but it requires almost no brushing or combing except during the spring, when old growth sheds.
The American Wirehair has a crimped coat with a thick, coarse texture. It can come in just about any color or pattern.
The American Wirehair is closely related to the American Shorthair and the two breeds are frequently crossed.