Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Sep 03, 2013
When I went to pick up an all-black American Shorthair kitten, I found that she hid under the couch most of the time at my friend's house, and wouldn't dare come out so I could get a good look at her. While waiting, a little bratty kitten ran over my toe, then turned around and bit it. I asked what his name was. "Oh, his name is Trouble".
"I'll take him, too."
I don't regret it. Cats can be solo creatures, but I work a lot and the idea of leaving a singular cat by itself the entire day bothered me. Since they were siblings, they already knew each other. It seemed ideal to get 'Trouble' so that Gatti wouldn't be too lonely. Lo and behold, it worked. It's now eight years later (nine this coming November) and they both still balance each other out very well. Gatti still likes to hide, although she's kind of fat and hard to miss. Trouble's still a trouble-maker, but it's ok. I get back at him sometimes by playing that Taylor Swift song, 'I knew you were Trouble' (he hates it).
Overall, I recommend this breed. If you have little kids, don't get kittens. Get an older cat that's calmed down somewhat. Have their claws regularly trimmed, as well. And if you're a workaholic like me, consider getting a pair of siblings, so they can keep each other company.