Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.),
Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jun 26, 2013
American shorthairs are a great cat for someone who has never owned a cat. They do not require very much grooming, are very independant, and take to litter box training very quickly. I have owned many American Shorthairs and the common denominator between them is that they are a very balanced and independent cat. You should keep them as an indoor/outdoor cat if possible because if you keep them as an indoor only cat they have a tendency to attack and destroy random objects in your house. I even had one tear up my carpet out of boredom! They were originally bred as mousers so it is their instinct to go hunting, and if you let them roam free they will bring you unwanted gifts. They are very friendly with friends and strangers, but have a tendency to imprint on one specific owner that they treasure to the exclusion of others in the home. They are a beautiful and physically impressive cat, able to grow to great size and commit marvelous feats of their physical prowess. Do not be surprised to find one has climbed to the top of your screen door or is peeking at you from the top of your refrigerator. They are wonderful and loving cats that make good companions.