American Shorthair

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder),
Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)

Gender: N/A





Friendly with owners


Good with dogs




Appropriate vocalization






Easy to groom


Need for attention


Is the Short-Haired Cat the Right Pet for You?


United States

Posted May 09, 2013

Before starting this review, I want to note that all the short-haired cats that I have owned have been outdoor cats. They never came inside the house. Outside, they had their own shed with beds and hay and toys. Because of this, behavior of indoor cats can be much different.

I've owned three short-haired cats so far, and each time has been a slightly different experience.

Some of the nice things about owning a cat:
-They are very self-sufficient. They don't need your constant companionship. They will wander around and find things to eat. They will explore.
-They all have very different personalities, so you get to learn about your cat and what they are like.
-They often like very simple toys, such as strings. I had one cat that liked to bat at the pendant that hung from my necklace.
-Clean-up for outdoor cats is typically very minimal. Since cats will bury their business, you don't have to go around your yard and pick it up (like with dogs).

Some of the downsides of owning a cat:
-They may not always be around. You might go outside to play with them or feed them, and not see them at all. Even if you look around, you may not be able to find them. Like I mentioned earlier, they are wanderers.
-A lot of people have allergic reactions to cats, so you may have to be more sensitive to this with other people as the cat dander (which is what causes the allergic reaction) will stick to you and your clothes.
-Some cats aren't very affectionate. So if you're looking for a pet that you can cuddle up with, you may not always be able to do this. Some cats aren't very affectionate at all. Since all cats have different personalities, it's hard to tell what they will be like when you first get them.

In all actuality, it all depends on what you are looking for in an animal. Some people are very happy with having cats as pets, while others prefer different animals.

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