Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 11, 2014
Maui was probably the smartest cat I had ever met. He was very quick to learn tricks, like sit, paw, and beg. He was a beautiful black American Shorthair. He was a great cat and was a little bit of everything. He was friendly and snugly sometimes and he could be playful at other times.
However, he was a cat that did what he wanted no matter what. He was both an indoor and an outdoor cat. At first we tried to keep him in the yard by using an electric fence, but he would usually just run right through the fence and ignore the shock. Eventually we gave up on that and let him roam free, and he would always come back to the house when he was done whatever it was he liked to do out there.
However, he was hit on the road because of this and that was how we lost him. So if you are thinking about getting one of these cats, I would recommend making it an indoor cat, especially if you live on a busy road.
These cats are very smart, I would say a lot smarter than dogs, and would protect our flowerbeds from voles and groundhogs. He did occasionally bring "presents" into the house, and made a big mess about it, which required a lot of cleaning. There wasn't too much shedding and he was mostly self-grooming.
Overall, I would recommend this cat for someone looking for a smart and playful indoor cat that's quick to learn and easy to take care of. However if you want an outdoor cat I would suggest looking elsewhere, as these guys might be prone to jumping your electric fences and getting themselves into trouble. :O