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American Wirehair Cat

Cobby and rounded, with a robust but not excessive build, the American Wirehair is an attractive, intelligent cat. The coat as the name suggests, is their defining feature, with a hard, wire texture to the dense fur. American Wirehairs have large, round eyes, an open and curious expression, a neat, muscular body and full, rounded paws. 

14 - 18 years
3.6 - 5.4kg
Coats come in a wide variety of colours and patterns
The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Independent but friendly
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Needs extensive outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be left alone all day
  • Great for a relaxed home
Generally healthy breed

The American Wirehair cat breed can be prone to: 
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindess.

Testing available:
- DNA testing for progressive retinal atrophy  which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by this condition.


The American Wirehair is a playful and active cat, described as having a cute and somewhat humorous personality, happy to sit on laps or play with owners. A rather gentle and quiet cat, they will enjoy some outdoor access, but are very content as indoor cats if given appropriate exercise and entertainment. .

Vet Rating

History and Origins

Outdoors or Indoors

Enrichment and Specific Needs

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming American Wirehair

Suitability for Family Life