American Shorthair

Overall satisfaction


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

Gender: Male





Friendly with owners


Good with dogs




Appropriate vocalization






Easy to groom


Need for attention


You never know what you're going to get...


United States

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Domestic short hair cats are a mixed bag - you never know what you're going to get. In my experience as an owner and carer of multiple cats (I prefer "moggies" for these mixed fellas!) I've never met one that was identical in personality.

Pi, my eldest "permanent resident" was a kitten from an accidental litter of a family member who had neglected to get their cat spayed. He does have Siamese heritage, but it's not pronounced and several cats back in his lineage. This contributes to his ability to vocalize at everything - I can have a full conversation with him if he's in the right mood.

He's easy going, laid back, easy to care for and easy to groom. He's accustomed to baths, lets me clip his nails and is brushed every other day (his "short hair" is more on the long side of short, and he's prone to dandruff in the cooler months when indoor heating takes its toll on his coat).

No behavioral problems to speak of - he's an avid scratcher, but when given the proper outlet has no problems letting his behavior come out there. He loves to play with toy mice and especially loves anything with catnip.

He does well with our dogs, other cats (including our revolving door of foster cats) and is completely unphased by our toddler. He even naps with her if given the chance. Pi is a very, very mellow cat until it comes to confinement - if he has to be in a crate for any reason he loses his mind and will meow incessantly until let out.

Pi has some minor health problems due to injuries - being a very active cat, he's gotten into some trouble. He's also experience a feline acne outbreak, which was remedied by switching from plastic to ceramic bowls. He is a large cat for his breed - verging on 15 pounds with the length and height to back it up. He looks tubby, but can place his paws on the kitchen table with no effort at all and his full length reveals that he's almost pure muscle.

Pi is an excellent mouser and attentive to his surroundings. He prefers his litter box meticulous and will occasionally eliminate outside of it if it isn't up to his standards. He does have a touch of separation anxiety, which I think is due to the fact that he's rarely alone, rather than a breed trait.

I would recommend a cat like Pi to anyone - families with small children, families with no children, families with dogs and other cats. The only environment I could see him doing poorly in is if he were an only cat. He's a very social creature and loves having a playmate to romp around with.

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