Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.),
Rescue / shelter organization
Posted May 23, 2013
Our American Shorthair is a little tuxedo cat named Sasha that my brother brought home after rescuing her as an abandoned kitten. We weren't quite sure of her age, but she had to be between 3-5 months when he first brought her home. Perhaps it is because she was on her own for the first few months of her life, but in any case she loves any and all attention. All she wants to do is to play, and she'll goad our other cat (who is much older) into chasing her around. She's sort of odd in that respect because while she'll want you to pet her, she'll nip at your hand after 30 seconds because she sees everything as a toy. She doesn't like to be held, but won't bite to get down, just squirm a little bit in your arms. When she finally tires herself out, she prefers to cuddle with a person while she sleeps.
She'll eat anything. Literally anything. This could, again, be unique to her because she was on her own for the first few months of her life and had to fend for herself and eat scraps, but she will inhale her food and search for more, so feeding her can be a tad expensive.
When we got her, she had ear mites that she then gave to our other cat. Ear mites, while not particularly harmful, are a very harsh irritant to cats, so it's important to make sure they're checked out for that, especially if you'll be bringing them around other pets. Maintenance-wise, they don't require much. They like high surfaces and will definitely jump on your counters and cabinets, and they're expert mouse hunters.
We've never had a problem with Sasha spraying anywhere, but she loves to scratch our furniture. She's very rambunctious which is good for some, but if you don't have a lot of energy to spend on your cat, I wouldn't recommend this breed. While she's still young (maybe 2 years old as an estimate), she's grown at an alarming rate, almost bigger than our 13 year old ragdoll.
Overall I would recommend this breed. I'm not sure if it would be the best for families with young children (under the age of 8) simply because in my experience young kids want to hold and snuggle everything and our American shorthair prefers to play as opposed to sit there and be pet. They definitely do like to be around people, though. They're very energetic with a great personality--the quintessential kitten.