Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted Jul 02, 2013
My experience with American Shorthair cats is good, I've owned five American Shorthair cats in my life and they have all been great cats. They do pretty regular cat things, meow at night, run really fast from one room to the other, stare endlessly out the windows dreaming of mice and birds.
They are fairly easy to maintain, fill up their food and water, pet them when they allow it and ignore them when they want to be ignored and you will more than likely have a happy cat. They don't generally like being handled or held so don't expect a cuddly kitten.
Cats don't like change, my cat likes my dog who we got at the same time as her but hates our other dog who we got when she was about two years old. She can't stand to be near him without hissing and hitting him. She doesn't like when we rearrange rooms or being boarded when we go on holidays. Cats like things to stay the same so if you're constantly moving around or going on vacation a cat is probably not for you.
Arbiter doesn't necessarily get along with my one year old so much as she just avoids him, she sat through a few tail and fur pulls and then realized she wanted nothing to do with it and now avoids him as best she can.
Overall American Shorthairs are one of the easiest breeds of cat to maintain and are pretty awesome pets.