Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted Mar 17, 2014
My experience with an American Shorthair was a nice one that I hope to repeat someday. Our cat was an indoor cat. He was both playful and lazy. He was not very friendly to people outside of the family, but he was not aggressive towards anyone either.
The American Shorthair is great if you want a buddy to play with in the house, and also to relax with you while you read or watch TV. Do not mistake a cat for a dog. If a cat is not in the mood to play or relax with his/her owner, he/she won't do so!
Our American Shorthair did not like other animals, but he was very rarely around them and was afraid. We had other domestic cats outside which got along fine with our dogs.
I got my cat when I was ten, and I think this was a very good age because sometimes smaller children tend tug on cats, and those less patient kitties may scratch or hiss when annoyed. American Shorthairs are good pets to help teach your children responsibility (as long as you enjoy cats too). They are low maintenance, requiring only a clean litter box, fresh food and water, and an occasional brush to cut down on the hair that will inevitably be everywhere in your home. Our American Shorthair was very easy to litter train.