Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Mar 29, 2014
My American Shorthair is an orange loveball. I got him as a kitten. His litter had been born under a building on my old college campus. He was the friendliest of the bunch, and seeing as the campus had called animal control, myself and some friends volunteered to round them up so that we could give them good homes, as the animal shelter was at capacity and was immediately putting down kittens. Jack has proved a loving, loyal cat.
He did have a scratching habbit, and it took a little bit to discourage that. We bought a spray meant to deter them from scratching,which helped, but the behavior did not truly eliminate until we went out and bought something they were allowed to scratch. A scratching post is a must for these cats.
If Jack has any attitude issues, it's only when he is asleep. He does not like to be moved or bothered when he is asleep. He doesn't bite or scratch, but will hiss and growl, something he never does in any other circumstance. Being of such good nature, this trait gave us pause at first, until we realized he was not physically aggressive, just showing his annoyance with us.
Like most cats, it is important to watch their diets, especially after they are fixed. Jack quickly became overweight, and we have had to put him on a special diet. As cute as his fat, dopey face is, for his health, we are working on getting him back to his sleek and handsome self!