Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Apr 01, 2014
Of all the American Shorthair felines I have owned, Simba is the most intelligent. He reacts to the verbal and non-verbal cues of humans with striking appropriateness and accuracy. Although he's an active and playful cat, eating is his favorite daily activity and he pays for it with his large belly! If there is food in the vicinity, Simba will undoubtedly attempt to get his claws on it. This proves as a challenge for his owner, especially because Simba develops a life threatening blockage when he eats food that is not specifically prescribed for him. Most of the day and night, Simba stalks invisible prey (perhaps he spots a fly or piece of string), lounges in a warm and sunlit part of the house, or sits on a windowsill to look outside. Oddly, the only time he is consistently affectionate is when I fall asleep. Once I'm snoozing, he jumps up on my bed and cat cuddles with me. As a result of the rather loud purring sound, I wake up and am always baffled at how, after a minute or so passes, Simba abruptly leaves his cozy bed. Unlike some of the other American Shorthair's I've had the pleasure of knowing, Simba has no problem using his litter box (unless there is a large indoor potted plant on the floor- I learned that the hard way). Although he can be stubborn and avoidant at times, I am intrigued by his independence and intelligence!