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American Wirehair Cat Breed Profile

by Crystal Jordan

The American Wirehair Cat is exclusively American. It started as a natural mutation in a litter of farm cats in 1966. Two ordinary, normal cats came together and the result thereof was the birth of a kitten that was unlike his parents or litter-mates. The interesting and most unusual aspect of this mutation is that it has not been reported in other countries thus far.


The American Wirehair cat's coat is what sets it apart from other breeds. Similar to other breeds, there is a vast variation in texture among these cats. Since this is an overbearing mutation, it is likely that at least half of the kittens will be wire-haired when they are born.

In cases where the coat looks like ringlets, chances are that it is too long. This may straighten or wave as the kitten grows. Some of the coats that are lightly wired may continue to crimp in the cat's early years.

The most apparent wiring will be that of the whiskers. In an ideal situation, the whole coat will be wired at birth. The level of coarseness is dependent on the coat texture of the sire and the dam. It will be ideal for both parents to have a hard coat as this will produce the most suitable wiring.

American Wirehair kittens are normally made available when they are between 12 and 16 weeks old. After the 12 week period, the American wirehair kittens would have had their basic inoculations. They will also have developed the social and physical capability which is required for a new home, for showing or for being transported.

American Wirehair breeders have found them easy to care for, disease resistant and good producers. They are quiet, reserved animals and very loving. Keeping the cat indoors, spaying and meeting the cat's needs will ensure that it has a healthy, long and happy life.

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