Acquired: Pet store
Posted Mar 28, 2014
I got Peasca quite a few years back from a then-boyfriend back when we were still in high school. He got his brother to agree to go with him to purchase a cat from a pet store (since you have to be 18 to get from anywhere), because I'd mentioned in passing that I hoped to find a kitten for our family cat to play with. As a young girl, Peasca was very playful and completely obsessed with lasers. She was an active cat until my family got her spayed- that's when her energy level plummeted. Although she doesn't make the same effort she used to, she still is quite playful and obsessive over lasers, and today is a happy and relatively healthy cat.
Peasca is an exceptionally intelligent and perceptive cat. She asks for food by meowing a certain way, is obedient when we tell her to come or not do something (like scratching furniture when a scratch post is a few feet away). Sometimes she's a little too perceptive. So much so that it's freaked us out on numerous occasions. For example, she could be asking to be scratched, and if the person says something like "I can't right now, go ask _____," she'll actually go to the other person instead. Or when we try to play with the laser, and she’s too lazy to move but still wants to see it, she’ll look at the person closest to her and if you say something like, “don’t look at me, I don’t have it,” she will, without fail, look at the other person. It’s a little unnerving because it appears as though she understands exactly what you’re saying, word for word. Another point for her is the fact that she’s a very independent cat. She likes her “me” time, and she likes it long. I can feel perfectly guiltless if I stay out all day or all night with friends, as long as the timed feeding bowl is set. One thing is certain; she doesn’t need me nearly as much as I’d love to caringly smother her with affection.
I have already mentioned that Peasca’s energy level dropped after she got spayed; though we do our best to watch her weight, she doesn’t make a great deal of effort to play, so it’s hard for us to give her all exercise she needs. As a result, she’s just a hair overweight, but at least she’s an overall healthy cat. Another negative point is her fur. Being an American Shorthair, I never thought her fur would be an issue, but it turns out, Peasca sheds. A lot. She needs regular brushing, despite her dislike, otherwise she’ll shed everywhere. We thought she might have some vitamin deficiency, but according to her vet, that’s just how her fur is. Goodie.
As intelligent as Peasca is, she also takes on the stereotype of the “hissy”, antisocial, and temperamental cat. This means that Peasca doesn’t like to be held, picked up, hugged, or anything of the sort. If she does, she has a time limit; it’s about five seconds-worth before she starts to hiss. That being said, she does like to be scratched— but only if she asks for it. Also, for a cat that leaves fur everywhere if you don’t brush her every other day, she’s awfully fastidious if her special areas around the home aren’t cleaned to perfection. Lastly, her antisocial behavior has caused our other cat to be a bit resentful of her. Peasca enjoys the company of humans perfectly fine (so long as they’re not touching her if she’s in one of her moods), but other pets? Not so much. In fact, our other cat, ever the social butterfly, will often try to coax her into playing with him by bringing a toy near her and hitting it closer to her. It’s clear that Ian, the other cat, wants to play with her, but she simply refuses to play with the riffraff. This is a little saddening, seeing the poor guy’s attempt to bond with the only other pet we have. We have a theory that the breeder/store didn’t bother to socialize the kittens with each other or their mother, and this is the result.
All in all: Though Peasca doesn’t make the best case for an American Shorthair, I still recommend the breed to anyone. There are simply too many different personalities to negate an entire (and vastly varying) breed over one cat. Still, to be honest, as much as I love Peasca, I have to admit she’s far from the perfect cat for me. I’d much prefer an affectionate, vocal, playful cat, no matter how intelligent. Lastly, I encourage people set on this, or any other breed, to adopt instead of purchasing from a breeder or pet store.