Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted May 03, 2013
I was blessed with my American Shorthair Cat Lexi for eight years. She was abandoned by her family, shut up in a basement to die. I rescued her at five months of age.
For all her abuse and neglect, Lexi was a very loving, well-behaved, and exceedingly intelligent companion. It took her a while to warm up to strangers, but once she got used to them, she was as loving with them as she was with me. She was not overly fond of small children, but I believe that was due more to the fact that they would handle her roughly and touch her back and tail, which was always sensitive to her. She always cried if handled too roughly. I believe that had something to do with abuse prior to coming into my care.
She was very much her own person, and very vocal at all times. She was a "talker", and let everyone know exactly what she thought about all things at all times.
She was very easy to care for; not overly picky about food or litter brand. She hated to be brushed, though, and when she saw me pick it up she took off and hid for hours until she was sure I had forgotten about it. She shed a lot for having such short hair; mostly the downy undercoat. I had to vacuum the furniture two or three times a week.
I would recommend an American Shorthair Cat for anyone wanting a loving and intelligent family pet. My experience was very rewarding.