Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted Mar 28, 2014
These cats, which are the most common type where I live, can be great pets, and can also be... not the best pet for every situation. It is a great idea to spend some time with a litter of kittens, or with the cats at the shelter or rescue. Cats, all cats, have such different personalities, that it will make for a much better match if a prospective owner takes time to get to know the cat or kitten they intend to bring home.
I have had several American Shorthairs over the years, and each was different. Overall, though, they are awesome cats. I've always found them to be clean and to enjoy attention. Duke would often act aloof to see if I would notice that he was "ignoring" me. But, he was always comforting and willing to sit on my lap if I was having a bad day or if I was sick. I remember being sick and lying on the couch - Duke would not leave my side. He laid on my feet and would not move unless I did.
These cats are awesome companions, and definitely good family pets. They are also a great pet to help teach children some responsibility and caring for an animal. Truly, every cat of this breed I have owned have been very low maintenance, but I remember having a cat as a small child - Snowball was her name. And my parents made sure I fed her, cleaned her litter box, and even brushed her. She was a great childhood friend!