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Mirakesh

American Shorthair

Overall satisfaction

4/5

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

Gender: N/A

Appearance

5/5

Intelligence

N/5

Friendly with owners

4/5

Good with dogs

3/5

ActivityLevel

4/5

Appropriate vocalization

4/5

Playfulness

N/A

Healthiness

5/5

Easy to groom

3/5

Need for attention

N/A

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United States

Posted Jul 22, 2013

You never quite know what you're going to get with an American Shorthair. I've experienced ones who are very individualistic and only come 'round if they really desire attention (or food). I have also experienced some that act more like a dog than a feline (waiting for me at the door, constantly wants attention, really vocal). The first shorthair I had was a lovely tortoise shell female. We grew up together, toddler and kitten, learning the in and outs of inter-species living. For example, I learned what constitutes petting "too hard." Despite how much I enjoyed growing up with her, I would NOT recommend having cats around small children. It's not that it is not possible; I have just found as I have gotten older that very young children don't always know their own strength or what is the proper way to handle a cat. So unless you can guarantee CONSTANT supervision, I would wait. That being said, my second cat was also terrified of toddlers. I don't know if it was the fact the toddler had the same nickname (Mir) or that if you were to stand the cat on its hind legs it'd be the same size. Whatever it was, he was not having it with my tiny babysitting charge. Mirakesh is a tuxedo (black coat with white belly & paws). I helped my roommate raise him for the first 4 years of his life. There is a destructive phase (so kitten proof your dwelling. Don't leave irreplaceable fabric gifts anywhere out in the open for example). Both cats didn't have any genetic medical issues. Mir did have the misfortune of eating string when we were not looking. It can cause an array of issues so be very careful. No tinsel round Christmas time. Although it's hard to tell what kind of companion you will have in an American shorthair, but you can be very certain they will have a very unique personality

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