Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.),
Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Apr 17, 2013
I have worked with American Shorthairs for over twenty years. What is an American Shorthair? It's most of the cats you run into in your lifetime. Some are white, some black, some spotted, some tabby, some calico, etc.. Most fall under the American short hair category. And of course, they have short hair.
AS cats have many different personalities. Some will jump right on your lap, some will hide for a long time before they get used to you. The trick with these cats is patience, and I can't stress this enough. They will end up lying next to you, snuggling; and will eventually become the love(s) of your life.
When you first get them, let them sniff around and roam about the house. Do not make loud noises. I absolutely recommend NOT getting a cat or kitten for a child. It is very unfair to the cat. Cats require peace and quiet. They sleep around twenty hours per day, and have a hard time when woken up. Especially by noisy children.
AS cats will learn to use the litter right away, and always know where their food and water is. They will claim a spot in your home as their own (one of mine likes to be under my kitchen sink. That is their place to relax; and perhaps to hide when they feel afraid of something.
They make outstanding pets. These cats will soothe you with their calming purrs. They will keep you warm and night, and hold you when you cry. They are low maintenance; AS cats like to sit around most of the day. Sometimes they want to play, but unlike dogs and some other cat breeds, AS cats will not get in your face too often. They can read your emotions and needs pretty well. There will be times that they won't care and will do their own thing, and other times they will stand strong by your side. They are like adults; like roommates (dogs are more like children).
* Never leave thread or yarn around the house. If they ingest it, it will burst their
intestines, make them toxic, and in most cases,they just won't make it.
* Do not get your cat declawed. It is very painful, takes a long time to heal, and is
the equivalent of breaking someone's knuckles. Instead, clip their claws once a
month. If you can't catch them a vet will do it for around $5.
* Don't feed cats grapes; they are poison to cats (although AS cats tend to only be attracted to meat).
* Milk is unhealthy, as cats are lactose intolerant and can get diarrhea and/or
* Give them plenty of space and they will treat you like a god(ess).
***AND I END WITH THIS IN ALL MY REVIEWS: NEVER GIVE A PET TYLENOL,
OR ANYTHING WITH ACETAMINOPHEN. THEY WILL BE IN PAIN, AND
THEN DIE ON THE SPOT!!
Enjoy them! American Shorthair cats are amazing!!!