Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Oct 23, 2014
I live in a house that already had a cat, snake, and dog before I decided I wanted another kitten. A friend's neighbor had a litter of kittens and I couldn't help but fall in love. One of them came up to me immediately and let me pet her belly. I knew I had to have her! I was a little skeptical about taking her home right away to meet the other animals. Our other cat KC is 2 years old and very territorial.
When I brought her home, I kept her in my bedroom for a few days and away from the other animals. I slowly started to bring things into the room with the cat and dog smells so she could get used to them. Cats are very keen to smells. About a week after bringing her into my home I decided to experiment and let her meet KC first. That was a bad idea! There was hissing and swatting and whimpering involved. It was scary! I started introducing them every day for only a few minutes and soon they began to sniff each other. It took a little more time but now they are best friends. When it was time for Salem to meet our dog I was really nervous. But to my surprise it went well. Our dog adores her and is very protective!
I have had other breeds of cats before, when I was little I owned a Persian. In my experience I think american shorthairs are the best indoor cats. They are equal parts playful and cuddly. They learn quickly and a plus is that they do not shed huge clumps of fur like longer haired cats. I would also reccommend this breed for someone's first cat. They do not require a lot of grooming or maintenance at all. Just feed them and clean the litter box. You have to give them some love as well. Salem loves to cuddle at bedtime! In my experience I have noticed they get along with dogs better than other cats. My persian cat when I was little had a huge temper and hated other animals. But Salem grew to like our dog right away.
Overall, American Shorthair cats are great for people who may already have other pets and may not have time to groom cats daily. They are pretty self sufficient and just need fed, vaccinated, and loved.