American Shorthair

Overall satisfaction


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

Gender: Female





Friendly with owners


Good with dogs




Appropriate vocalization






Easy to groom


Need for attention


Our calico shorthair


New York, United States

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Catnip is a recent addition to our menagerie. A neighbor had a kitten and then took a job overseas, so we took the kitten in. She was approximately 5 months old when we did so, unspayed. She was very small, so when I took her to the vet for a checkup and to have softpaws applied, they said it would be a few more weeks before they could do a spay (they said they typically wait till 6 months or 5lbs).

She came to us with really fantastic litter habits. She is sweet and playful and likes to cuddle and snuggle with my kids and especially our dachshund! She plays with the dog and isn't fearful or overly aggressive. She holds her own though.

Unfortunately, a few weeks after she came to live with us, she went into heat. The vet told me they couldn't do a spay until it was over. All her good litter habits went right out the window. She became a Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde cat. She peed on SO MANY things and spent a week yowling all day and night. It was a nightmare. Once it was over though, she was right back to her sweet, polite and well-behaved self. If you decide to pick up a kitten, do yourself a favor and get them fixed so you can avoid that hassle!

Other than the hormonal week we spent with her, she has been great. She's easy to feed and take care of. Littler box duties are not horrible (I use a clumping wheat litter). She was scratching at my couch so I purchased a cat tree for her and that solved that problem.

The initial setup for the kitten with the litterbox and food and cat tree and spay was quite expensive though. They are not cheap pets! That said, I would definitely recommend a cat to someone who wants a low maintenance but cuddly pet.

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Wow, I'm sorry to hear you have had such an unfortunate experience with Arabians... :( These characteristics you are expressing are NOT normal for Arabians at all. I don't know the background of the horses you speak of, but it's disheartening to hear that you have been imprinted with this view from your experiences. I hope at some point you may have the chance to have a better experience with an Arabian.

October 7th, 2017 at 04:49 am