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Gatsby

American Shorthair

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization

Gender: Male

Appearance

5/5

Intelligence

3/5

Friendly with owners

4/5

Good with dogs

0/5

ActivityLevel

2/5

Appropriate vocalization

2/5

Playfulness

3/5

Healthiness

4/5

Easy to groom

5/5

Need for attention

4/5

Gatsby is my American Dream.

By

United States

Posted Jun 19, 2014

I've owned an American shorthair, Gatsby, for about three years. He's fairly typical for his breed--social but enjoys time alone, self-regulating, and loving. Healthwise, he has had relatively few issues; he's had one urinary tract infection while in my care, but he is otherwise healthy. He is kind to strangers and not likely to bite, scratch, or hiss, and he plays well with other cats. My ownership of him really only has two downfalls--he occasionally has 'temper tantrums' in which he scratches the walls and mews, and this is usually in the middle of night, when he is not getting attention, and food and water do not remedy the problem. I don't know if this behavior is typical of his breed, however.

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