There’s no denying that American Shorthair cats are one of the most popular breeds of cats in the United States. But do they like to be held? According to a recent study, it appears that they may not enjoy being picked up and cuddled as much as other breeds of cats. So what’s the verdict? Do American Shorthairs make good lap cats? Read on to find out!
American Shorthair Cat
The American Shorthair is one of the most common pedigreed breeds found in cat shows throughout America. They are intelligent, responsive, and highly adaptable to new situations. With their strong body type and broad facial features, American shorthairs exude an aura of independence.
They can usually get by without a lot of attention, are very affectionate when they want to be and are often known as the “Quiet Man’s” breed of cat. You won’t find them climbing up your drapes or hiding from visitors.
In fact, this breed’s characteristics make it a perfect fit for those owners who prefer an indoor-only cat with a low grooming requirement.
In a recent study conducted by the University of Lincoln, it appears that this particular breed of cat may not enjoy being picked up and cuddled as much as other breeds of cats do.
Which Breeds Like to Be Held?
For the purposes of this study, a group of 30 domestic cats from 9 different breeds was studied and their responses to being held and stroked were recorded. Researchers found that the cats’ heart rate and cortisol levels (measured in saliva samples) were much higher when they were restrained, which would indicate stress or anxiety.
The study concluded that some breeds are more inclined to enjoy this type of physical interaction while others are not. With short haired cats the results were inconclusive. Short Haired cats, researchers believe, either like or dislike being held depending on their individual personalities.
The Scottish Fold is another cat breed that falls into the “I don’t care what you do to me” category. They are known to be gentle and loving with an extremely laid-back personality that allows them to go with the flow.
However, those cats that were categorized as “oriental types” generally enjoyed being held more than any other group. Oriental types are generally quiet and reserved, but they love attention and affection when and where they want it.
The Siamese cat is another breed of Oriental type that responds well to being held on its terms. Unlike some other breeds, Siamese cats seem to enjoy and seek out attention and affection from their owners.
So what does this all mean? If you’re looking for a lap cat with the face of an angel and the independent spirit of a tomcat, an American shorthair could be your perfect match.
They don’t require a lot of grooming, are quiet and docile in nature, but will demand all the attention if that’s what they want. As far as holding is concerned…well it appears that you can lead them to water, but you can’t make them drink.
Well, there you have it! We hope that you found this article helpful.
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